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Curriculum

The fellow will take part in all aspects of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus service, including clinical and surgical care of patients, didactic and informal educational sessions with faculty, residents, and students, and potential participation in research projects. A sample weekly rotation schedule includes:

Sample Rotation Schedule

Monday

7:15 a.m Grand Rounds
8 a.m.-noon Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus clinic (Mohney or Brodsky)
1-5:30 p.m. Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus clinic (Brodsky or Holmes)
Tuesday
8-8:30 a.m.

Retinopathy of prematurity rounds (Mohney)

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Surgery with staff [primarily adult strabismus with adjustable sutures] (Holmes)
Late afternoon Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus clinic (Mohney or Brodsky)
Wednesday
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Surgery with staff [pediatric ophthalmology/adult strabismus] (Brodsky)
Late afternoon Adult strabismus clinic (Holmes)
5:30-8:30 p.m. Seasonal pediatric ophthalmology/strabismus lectures, led by fellowship faculty member or the fellow
Thursday
8 a.m.-noon

Pediatric Ophthalmology clinic (Mohney or Brodsky)

1-5:30 p.m.

Pediatric Ophthalmology/Adult strabismus clinic (Brodsky or Holmes)

Friday
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Surgery with staff [pediatric ophthalmology/adult strabismus] (Mohney)

Late afternoon Pediatric Ophthalmology/Adult strabismus clinic (Brodsky or Holmes)
4-5 p.m. Quarterly Case Presentation Conference

Conference Schedule

You will be required to attend weekly grand rounds presentations at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays. During the one-year fellowship program, you will prepare and present two 45-minute grand round presentations to the residents and staff. These presentations may include discussions related to ongoing research or novel topics.

You will also attend and assist in resident lecture series (four evenings a year) and quarterly clinical conferences (Friday at 4 p.m.) on topics of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. In addition, the fellow will organize and lead the quarterly Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus journal club attended by staff and residents.

Didactic Training

You are expected to attend the department's didactic lecture series and will be asked to prepare one to two lectures during the pediatric ophthalmology portion of the yearly lecture series.

Research Training

Although no time will be allocated specifically to participate in research during the typical 8 a.m.-5 p.m. workday, abundant opportunities exist to perform research in basic and clinical science. Each pediatric ophthalmology staff member is actively involved in ongoing research projects.

You are strongly encouraged to identify a potential research project early in the training for presentation at the annual AAPOS meeting in the spring of the following year. Opportunities to present your work at other meetings (e.g., AAO, ARVO) will also be possible. Such studies must be approved by the departmental Research Committee and, if necessary, the IRB or IACUC committees of Mayo Clinic.

You will have access to the Mayo Clinic facilities necessary to complete the study. Efforts are made, when possible, to support such studies fully, or in part, with research funds from inside or outside the institution.

Call Frequency

During the fellowship, you will not be required to take general eye emergency call. Nevertheless, for those emergencies that involve pediatric patients or postoperative care, you will be expected to be available and share the service's on-call pager with the resident on the service.

Teaching Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to teach Mayo Medical School students, visiting students from other medical schools, ophthalmology residents, and residents from other clinical settings.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during your fellowship. You will have an individual quarterly conference with the program director to assess and discuss your progress.

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