Midwest Retina is excited to offer a comprehensive fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. This is an AUPO approved program. The fellow’s time is spent both in the clinic and operating rooms at Midwest Retina working with seven retinal specialists who all trained at different programs,  The fellowship will start July 7th of the designated year and run for 24 consecutive months.

Midwest retina is a busy private practice of seven physicians that come from a variety of different training backgrounds. Two physicians also have additional fellowship experience/ interest in the treatment of uveitis. There will be ample opportunity to work with all physicians over the course of the two years to learn a variety of approaches to vitreoretinal diseases.

The fellow will gain a broad experience across the spectrum of both pediatric and adult vitreoretinal conditions. There will be ample experience in the interpretation of OCT and fluorescein angiograms, intravitreal and periocular injections, focal lasers, panretinal photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy, and prophylactic retinopexy/ cryopexy. The surgical exposure is extensive and, at the end of the fellowship, the fellow will feel comfortable with all aspects of vitreoretinal surgery. The fellow can expect to be involved in more than 500-600 surgical cases with approximately 300-350 of these being performed as primary surgeon (>90% of case). Surgical cases included 23 and 25 gauge vitrectomy on both the Alcon and Bauch&Laumb platforms for a variety of indications. Retinal detachments are repaired through pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling, and vitrectomy surgery on a case by case basis. The fellow will gain extensive experience in all methods. There will also be exposure in the management of complex retinal detachments including giant retinal tears, diabetic tractional detachments, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. In the end, the fellow will feel comfortable managing cases from the simple to the most complex.

There will also be subspecialty experience in the areas of pediatric retinal diseases (including ROP) and uveitis. The fellow will see a number of pediatric cases in clinic and will have privileges at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where the fellow will see inpatient retinal consults under the supervision of a staff physician. Depending on fellow interest, he/she can expect to attend ROP rounds.  Furthermore, under the direction of fellowship trained uveitis specialists, the fellow will see a variety of cases of infectious and autoimmune intraocular inflammation. The uveitis exposure will also include experience in the use of and management of steroid sparing immunomodulatory therapy. At the end of the two years, the fellow will certainly feel comfortable managing pediatric cases and uveitis in his or her future practice.

The fellow will be expected to take primary call for the practice throughout the fellowship with faculty backup. Increasing autonomy will be given as experience grows. While the fellow will not be responsible for primary hospital call, he or she will have privileges at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Grant Medical Center. The fellow may be asked from time to time to see inpatient retinal consults at these institutions though this typically occurs no more than 1-2 times per month.  

Applications will be accepted through the SF Match with an application deadline of September 1 of the year prior to fellowship. Interviews will be conducted in the fall. Salary and benefits will be provided at the PGY 5 and PGY 6 levels similar to the Ohio State University PGY pay schedule.  Additionally, there is an opportunity to take additional call at consultant rates for the Grant Hospital to supplement your salary. 

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program!