Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship: ASOPRS, Suzanne K. Freitag, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary offers 2 different two-year American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) approved fellowships. One of these is under the direction of Suzanne K. Freitag, MD. One fellow is selected every two years, and this is an “even years” ASOPRS fellowship.
All applicants must be eligible for a full medical license per the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. International medical graduates must also be eligible for an H1B visa (eligibility includes passing all 3 steps of the USMLE, and reporting results to MEEI prior to the Match deadline). The requirements of full licensure can be viewed on the mass.gov website:
This program provides comprehensive, hands-on training in all aspects of oculoplastic surgery, including eyelid, orbit, lacrimal and cosmetic surgery. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Freitag, other faculty, and residents, and will be actively involved in the residency training program. Clinical research is also an important part of the program.
The fellowship’s primary locations include Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, as well as the VA Boston Healthcare System in Jamaica Plain. The Boston VA is a busy, regional referral center for all of New England, and the residents who staff the VA are from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Boston University. Dr. Freitag’s fellow is the only oculoplastic surgery fellow to participate in VA activities.
The fellow will interact with physicians in a variety of other specialties, including otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, dermatology, Mohs surgery, neuroradiology, plastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and other affiliated facilities. The fellow will spend an average of one day per week with Michael Migliori, MD at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, and at his private office adjacent to the hospital. The commute time from Boston to Providence is one hour. Dr. Migliori will provide additional training in all areas of oculoplastics, and possess an excellent scope of knowledge of cosmetic procedures, including lasers.
MEEI has extensive formal didactics including weekly Grand Rounds, and numerous courses and conferences. A 60% attendance rate or higher must be achieved at Grand Rounds as a condition of receiving a certificate.
During the breadth of the fellowship, each fellow must participate at least once in the Fellows’ Course. This “course” requires the fellow to participate in the preparation of a publishable manuscript, which will be undertaken with faculty mentorship. The fellow will, in addition, participate in oculoplastics conferences, journal clubs, the annual suture course, orbital dissection course and other ophthalmic plastic surgery service activities.
Fellow Funding and Benefits
Please note: Clinical fellows must meet the requirements for full (unlimited) licensure in Massachusetts.
1. SALARY: Currently $52,000/1st year; $55,000/2nd year (for 2-year fellows)
2. MALPRACTICE: Malpractice premiums, through the Harvard CRICO program, are paid for by the Oculoplastic Service.
3. HEALTH INSURANCE: Family health insurance will be provided through the benefits program of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates. The fellow will need to contribute to this benefit as well, according to the guidelines of the Infirmary.
4. VACATION AND SICK LEAVE: Each fellow is allowed 3 weeks (15 work days) of combined vacation/meeting time and (1) personal day per year (vacation does not accrue year to year). Requests for time away from the Service must be submitted in written form 60 days in advance for pre-approved by the Fellowship Director. Up to (5) additional days may be taken with the approval of the Fellowship Director for a major ophthalmology conference or academic meeting at which the fellow is a first author presenting original research (i.e., the fellow has not presented the data before.) The Infirmary’s calendar also includes 9 legal holidays per year. Vacation should only be requested one week at a time and must not coincide with the vacation of another oculoplastic fellow.
5. PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS: Attendance and participation at appropriate professional meetings is encouraged. Travel expenses not exceeding $1,500 and up to five days per academic year may be taken with the approval of the fellowship director for a major ophthalmology conference or academic meeting at which the fellow is a first author presenting original research (i.e., the fellow has not presented the data before.). If the fellow is not presenting original research, then vacation time may be used and travel expenses up to $700 will be reimbursed per academic year.
Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, the fellow will be eligible to apply for admission to ASOPRS, submit a thesis, and then sit for the ASOPRS written and oral examinations. It is expected that the fellow will pursue ASOPRS membership.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Note: The fellowship match is administered through the San Francisco Match Program. Applicants must register with SF Match (program #4615).
Page updated: 2.19.14