Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Fellowship

The Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinical fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center provides ophthalmology residency-trained physicians with a comprehensive experience in the clinical evaluation, specialized ancillary testing, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatments of all types of Pediatric Eye Diseases. The fellowship also provides extensive clinical research opportunities in conjunction with the Faculty. Current research in the Pediatric Ophthalmology department involves all aspects of amblyopia, strabismus, abusive head trauma, and new medical devices.

The purpose of this fellowship is to train physicians to become knowledgeable and skilled experts in the clinical and surgical management of all aspect of pediatric eye diseases. 

Experience of the Clinical Fellow 

This 1 year fellowship is designed to provide a broad clinical and surgical experience in establishing a solid foundation in routine and complex strabismus, pediatric oculoplastics, anterior segment, and cataract surgeries. 

  1. Clinical Experience:  Pediatric eye clinics will include child’s eye exam pearls and techniques, appropriate use and critique of specialized ancillary testing, diagnoses, and the management of all types of pediatric eye diseases under the supervision of faculty at Truhlsen Eye Institute and Children Hospital & Medical Center.
  2. Surgical experience: The fellow will work under the close supervision of Dr. Suh as an assistant or as a primary surgeon on a large variety of surgical cases and techniques. Surgeries would include ROP screening and treatment, simple and complex strabismus surgeries, pediatric ptosis repair, anterior segment surgeries, and congenital cataract surgeries. 
  3. Academic Conferences: The Fellow will participate in Pediatric Ophhthalmology Grand Rounds presentations, Pediatric Journal Clubs, and work with the residents in the clinic. The fellow will be encouraged to present original research at national meetings including ARVO, American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings. 

The clinical fellow is actively involved in the preoperative preparation, surgical performance, and postoperative care of pediatric patients.

The fellow is encouraged to participate in clinical research projects, supervised by various members of the staff. The fellow is also encouraged to present research projects in oral form and to prepare papers suitable for publications. They are assisted by members of the staff in the design and performance of these projects, and in the analysis of data and the preparation of papers and presentations. 

Evaluation of the Fellow

It will include the following areas:

  1. Clinical competence (overall diagnostic evaluation of the patient, formulation of a plan of management, general and specific knowledge regarding therapeutic options and techniques, understanding of the amblyopia and complex strabismus). Patient education and interactions will also be evaluated.
  2. Surgical competence (appropriate indications for surgery, patient selection, anesthesia selection, preoperative preparation, intraoperative management, and postoperative care).
  3. Design of clinical studies (preparation of the protocol, patient selection, management, evaluation and analysis of the results)
  4. Ability to make oral presentations
  5. Ability to prepare papers for publication
  6. Leadership abilities
  7. Communication skills
  8. Overall assessment

Applications for the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship should reach us before the beginning of October, because we plan to interview selected applicants during mid-October into late November in order to meet the deadline for submitting the match list in December. Information and forms relating to the fellowship matching program can be obtained from: Ophthalmology Fellowship Match, P.O. Box 7584, San Francisco, California 94120-7584, tel: (415) 447-0350. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Lilibeth Goode for information.