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Fellowship Opportunities at Wilmer Eye Institute

Fellowship Opportunities

I. Types of Fellowship Positions.

There are a number of post-doctoral positions available. The position you can apply for depends upon your specific credentials. You may qualify as an Assistant, a Research/Clinical fellow, a Clinical fellow, or an Observer.

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A. Clinical Fellow ("Assistant"):

An "Assistant" is a physician who has patient responsibilities as part of an Advanced Specialty Training Program (for example, Corneal and External Diseases). Most people think of an Assistant as "Clinical Fellow," but the term "Assistant" is preferred. An Assistant can see patients
independently when necessary and bill for services rendered. An Assistant must have a clinical appointment in The Johns Hopkins Hospital or an approved affiliated hospital, and must meet the following requirements:

1.U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents must have a Maryland Medical License.
2.Foreign medical school graduates of non-LCGME accredited medical schools must
  a.Have ECFMG certification.
  b.Undergo reciprocity review. A listing of reciprocity approved schools is available in the School of Medicine Postdoctoral Office (410 955-3191).
3.Non U.S. Citizens must have (this process may take up to 8 months to complete):
  a.Dean's approval for H1 Visa sponsorship.
  b.Maryland Medical License / Limited license for postgraduate teaching.
  c.H1 Visa (clinical activity limited to 20%).

B. Research/Clinical Fellow:

A Research/Clinical fellow is a physician who has research and patient responsibilities. A research/clinical fellow must hold a clinical appointment with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a research/clinical appointment in the School of Medicine. U.S. Citizens who are graduates of U.S. medical schools will qualify as Assistants and should not use this category. Non U.S. Citizens who wish to participate in patient care but do not qualify as an Assistant may qualify as a research/clinical fellow. The following requirements apply:

1.U.S. Citizens who are foreign medical school graduates (except Canada and Puerto Rico) must meet the following requirements:
  a.School approved for reciprocity.
  b.ECFMG certification.
  c.The FMGEMS is required for all graduates of foreign medical schools.
2.Non-U.S. Citizens (except Canada and Puerto Rico)
  a.VQE and ECFMG or FMGEMS certification.
  b.A J1 Visa.

C. Research Fellow:

A research fellow is a postdoctoral student who holds an appointment in the School of Medicine only. The research fellow usually does not hold a Hospital appointment. However, under certain conditions an appointment as an observer in The Johns Hopkins Hospital may be granted. A research fellow has no authorization to have any form of patient contact whatsoever, even if the patient contact is part of that fellow's research project. If a research project requires a fellow to interact with patients directly either in interviewing or examining such patients or in the performance of any type of invasive or noninvasive procedure upon the patients, then the fellow must carry a
combined appointment of research fellow and clinical fellow.

D. Observers:

Observers are physicians at the postdoctoral and faculty level who are appointed for educational and observational experiences in a clinical setting. Observers shall not participate in direct patient care or management. Observers who are foreign medical graduates and who are at the training level in their parent institution must comply with the School of Medicine's policies concerning graduates of Non-LCME Accredited Foreign Medical Schools. Observers are not permitted to enroll in JHU courses without formal application and payment of tuition. Health insurance is not available or required. Certificates are not issued to observers.

II. Funding:

Some fellowship salaries or stipends are funded by the division or by research grants. Other
fellowships are not funded (that is, the fellow is required to provide his or her own living expenses).
Whether your fellowship is funded or not, you will be required to show that you have adequate
funds to support your living expenses during your time here.

III. Selection of Fellowship Advisor:

There is no central application service for research or clinical fellowships. Potential fellowship
mentors should be contacted directly.

A. Research Faculty

Many faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, both within Wilmer
and in other departments, are performing research in areas related to all parts of the eye and visual

B. Clinical Faculty

The faculty responsible for selection of Assistants and Clinical Fellows are listed below with their
areas of interest. Some faculty members do not accept fellows every year. Please contact the
faculty member(s) in whose area(s) you are most interested.

Dr. Walter Stark
Subspecialty - Cornea and Anterior Segment
Maumenee 327
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Md 21287
Phone: 410-955-5490

Dr. Harry Quigley
Subspecialty - Glaucoma
Wilmer 120
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-6052


Dr. David Guyton
Subspecialty - Strabismus and Pediatric Opthalmology
Wilmer B1-35
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287-9009
Phone: 410-955-8314

Dr. Neil Miller
Subspecialty - Neuro-opthalmology
Maumenee B-107
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-8679

Dr. Neil M. Bressler
Subspecialty - Retinal Vascular Diseases
Maumenee 215
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-8342

Dr. Adrienne W. Scott
Subspecialty - Vitreoretinal Surgery
Maumenee 719
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-3518


Dr. Nicholas Iliff
Subspecialty - Oculoplastics
Maumenee 505
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-1112