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Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship

The Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship is a one-year, postdoctoral clinical fellowship beginning July 1. The program aims to train ophthalmologists and optometrists to become experts in clinical vision rehabilitation, related clinical science and research.

We emphasize an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, as demonstrated within the Lions Low Vision Center which has two optometrists, an occupational therapist and a rehabilitation therapist providing low vision care within an eye department of 60 full-time faculty. The Vision Rehabilitation Research Center has three full-time research faculty.

Eligible candidates are ophthalmologists and optometrists who have a strong interest in vision rehabilitation and have a solid foundation in basic clinical skills, including diagnosis and management of primary eye care disorders.

Clinical

For the first three to six weeks of the program (depending on prior clinical care experience), the fellow will only observe patient care. Emphasis will be placed on the model and patient flow of rehabilitative care, including clinical evaluation with the optometrist or ophthalmologist, and subsequent assessment and treatment by an occupational or rehabilitation certified low vision therapist (CLVT). By enabling observation only, the fellow is provided time to externally evaluate multiple rehabilitation interventions and multi-disciplinary treatment approaches. After the initial clinical observation period, the fellow will be expected to independently evaluate and diagnose new patients, present to faculty members and develop a treatment plan for conditions that range from near-normal visual impairment to total impairment with a comprehensive range of functional deficits and co-morbidities. The fellow's weekly schedule will also generally be comprised of four clinic days and one research day.

At the end of the year, we expect that each graduate will achieve the following goals:

  • Attain proficiency in the clinical delivery of low vision rehabilitation care in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Diagnose, treat, manage and direct the care of the low vision patients with consideration applied to co-morbidities, psycho-social concerns, and the key roles of each of the rehabilitation team member.
  • Complete a research project and publish in peer-reviewed journal.

Research

The fellow will be expected to participate in community awareness programs and the clinical schedule facilitates the development of a clinical research project for the year. With the goal of creating clinician-scientists, the proposed project will be presented and reviewed by the research team for approval. Various clinical research projects are ongoing in the areas of mobility, rehabilitation outcomes, and models of multidisciplinary care. The fellow can choose a project independent of existing research projects. One published paper is expected from the fellow. The overall split in effort within the one-year fellowship is 80% clinical and 20% research.

Additional Training

A full range of lectures, seminars and conferences at the Wilmer Eye Institute is available to fellows, along with low vision-specific clinical and research seminars. As part of an appointment to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, fellows will participate in educational programs with Wilmer residents for approximately three hours every six months. Additionally, the fellow may participate in Wilmer CME courses, including weekly grand rounds and journal club.

To Apply

Application deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021

This fellowship is not part of the optometry or ophthalmology matching services. This Advanced Specialty Training Program in Vision Rehabilitation is accredited by the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Johns Hopkins University. All applications are submitted directly to the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. The following constitutes a complete file:

  • Application form - Please complete all items on biographical form; do not use “see CV” for your answer.
  • Most recent CV
  • Personal statement or letter of intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation Letters should be from clinical mentors or experienced colleagues. Each letter should be emailed directly to the fellowship director.
  • Copies of optometry/medical school transcripts and NBEO scores (if applicable).

Interview days:

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Only applicants with completed files will be given interview consideration.

Prerequisites for International Medical Graduates

  • Completion of an Ophthalmology Residency
  • Successful completion of the ECFMG examinations and award of the certificate
  • USMLE step 3
  • Must be eligible for J-1 ECFMG visa sponsorship for entire two-year period of fellowship

For more information visit the Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services

Completed applications can be e-mailed to:

Dr. Judith Goldstein at jgolds28@jhmi.edu
cc: Pat Hines at chines2@jhmi.edu

Lions Low Vision Fellowship Director

Experts

Robert Chun

Robert Chun, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Gislin Dagnelie

Gislin Dagnelie M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
James Deremeik

James T. Deremeik, RT., CLVT

Education/Rehabilitation Program Manager Low Vision Vision Rehabilitation Service
Ashley Deemer

Ashley Deemer, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Kristen Shifflett, OT

Kristen Shifflett, OT

Occupational Therapist Low Vision Vision Rehabilitation Service
Robert Massof

Robert Massof, Ph.D.

Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
Pradeep Ramulu

Pradeep Ramulu, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Wilmer Glaucoma Division

For More Information Contact:

Judith Goldstein, O.D.
Lions Low Vision Fellowship Director
jgolds28@jhmi.edu

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