Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowships
We offer two, full-time, one-year fellowship positions in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Krieger Children’s Eye Center at the Wilmer Institute. We have trained over 46 fellows since 1979 from the United States and abroad. They have come from a wide cross-section of residency programs, and a few have come from private practice to start a new career. About 40% are now in private practice, with the other 60% in academic positions, including four full professors and five department chairs.
With three full-time and one part-time clinical faculty in our center, two full-time Ph.D. investigators, and three orthoptists, we provide well-rounded exposure to both the clinical and academic sides of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
Dr. David Guyton, our director since 1978, has primary interests in strabismus, ophthalmic optics and ophthalmic instrumentation (currently vision screening devices). Dr. Michael Repka, with us since 1985, has broad interests in pediatric ophthalmology, clinical trials and neuro-ophthalmology, as well as in strabismus, cataract and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Kurt Simons, with us since 1984, is an expert in vision screening, clinical trials, stereo techniques and video/computer instrumentation. Dr. Josephine Ibironke recently joined us and is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health.
Time spent with Dr. Guyton will be mostly in strabismus, with a mix of pediatric and adult cases. The adult strabismus cases, comprising approximately half of Dr. Guyton’s practice, provide the fellow a unique opportunity to become familiar with more advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities in strabismus. Adult strabismus is more surgically oriented than pediatric ophthalmology, because of the fewer visits needed to manage amblyopia.
Time spent with Dr. Repka will provide exposure to retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric neuro-ophthalmology and other areas of pediatric ophthalmology, including a large proportion of pediatric strabismus.
Every other week each fellow staffs a half-day pediatric ophthalmology clinic on the resident service, for which he or she has primary responsibility. A certified orthoptist is on hand to help as needed, and one of the senior faculty is always available for consultation as needed. This provides excellent experience in teaching and congenial interchange with the residents.
We encourage academic pursuits during the fellowship year. We host Departmental Grand Rounds four times each year and have at least six Pediatric Ophthalmology Journal Club evening meetings each year. We have a research conference once each month. An average of one-half day per week is available for research. This can be either on projects of your own choosing or on projects we have already started.
We provide a PGY-5 stipend for each of our fellows (plus fringe benefits, including health insurance). U.S.-trained fellows must have a Maryland medical license. Such fellows are appointed as junior faculty members in the Advanced Standing Training Program for billing purposes. Fellowship applicants from other countries are not required to obtain a U.S. medical license. They must, on the other hand, have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE exams (www.usmle.org) and have a valid Standard ECFMG Certificate (www.ecfmg.org) for graduate medical education in the United States. Unlike requirements for residency training programs, Step 3 of the USMLE is not needed for fellowship training, and scores on Steps 1 and 2 are disregarded as long as a passing grade is obtained. Applications from other countries are encouraged, particularly from applicants seeking to return to an academic training program.
All fellows, whether from the U.S. or international residency programs, receive the same fellowship experience with the same responsibilities.
We participate in the matching program for pediatric ophthalmology fellowships. You should check directly with the matching program for details:
Ophthalmology Fellowship Match
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
If you are interested in applying for the fellowship as described, we shall welcome a formal application from you. For application, we need, in addition to the information on our application form (and application supplement), at least two letters of recommendation from ophthalmologists who have assisted in your training. (To download these forms, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer). We invite our most promising applicants for an interview here at Johns Hopkins, which will be necessary for further consideration. Applicants from abroad are sometimes able to interview with us at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in October or November.
Send questions/applications to:Diane Almony
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-9028
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