This is a one year post-residency mentorship program designed to enhance the skills of optometrists seeking careers in academia or subspecialty practice in providing care to patients with significant corneal disease that require advanced/medically necessary contact lenses. This fellowship is considered a post-graduate year 2; PGY-2 position.
This clinical fellowship is intended for optometrists who have completed a residency and are interested in specializing in advanced, medically necessary contact lenses through additional didactic and clinical training. The goal of this program is to train the Fellow to become proficient in managing patients with significant corneal disease through advanced contact lens fitting techniques in addition to medical management; with the goal of transitioning to careers in large subspecialty practices including academic-based medical centers and academia. Fellows are expected to participate as part of a multi-subspecialty ophthalmic group in tertiary patient care that frequently involves cornea, glaucoma, and retina subspecialists. Fellowship training will primarily be focused on clinical training supplemented with didactic lectures; fellows will also have the opportunity for rotations with other subspecialists and clinical research tailored to their goals.
Please see our site for more information: http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/departments/academic-departments/opthalmology-visual-sciences/education/fellowships/optometry-fellowship/