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ACGME and ASOPRS Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Director: Aaron Fay, MD

Other Faculty Available: Michael Yoon, MD, Tessa Hadlock, MD, Frederick Jakobiec, MD, William Curry, MD, Benjamin Blier, MD, Ralph Metson, MD, Oon Tan, MD, Curtis Cetrulo, MD, Jaimie DeRosa, MD, William Curtin, MD.

Length of Program:   2 years

Fellows per year:  1

Mass. Eye and Ear hosts one of only 5 ACGME-accredited ASOPRS Fellowship programs.  It is heavily weighted toward orbital pathology and functional surgery.  The fellow covers call approximately 50% of the time, typically in one-week intervals.  Activities include intensive clinical and surgical care, academic training, research and writing, cosmetic facial care and surgery, and extensive interdepartmental collaboration.  This program has long work hours and many interesting cases.  The fellowship is known as the most labor intensive program in the department.  At all times the fellow will be pleasant, professional and courteous in dealing with patients, colleagues, secretarial staff, and other support staff.

Selection Criteria:
American Board of Ophthalmology certification or eligibility is required.  Pre-arranged faculty position, academic career objective, and professional references will be heavily weighted.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong clinical capabilities and a proclivity to research endeavors.

General Activities:
The program comprises a two-year curriculum as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  Click here to read more about the curriculum.

Clinical Care:
The fellow participates in weekly clinic.  The fellow participates in surgery 3 days per week with independent privileges advanced based on experience and performance.  One day per week is spent on ancillary rotations that include: craniofacial surgery, facial plastic surgery, procedural dermatology, neurology/neurosurgery, and rhinology/endoscopic surgery.  The fellow will read out pathology 3 days per week and will read out radiology 2 days per week.  One Saturday per month the fellow will participate in a multidisciplinary Vascular Birthmark Clinic held at MEEI.  All MEEI clinical fellows are required to staff the Emergency Room for ½ day during 50% of their fellowship.  The fellow will prepare reports, speak with referring physicians, and attend to the orderly functioning of the day-to-day practice of oculoplastic surgery.

Weekly grand rounds, weekly chart review rounds, bi-monthly journal club, semi-annual New England Oculoplastics Society conference.

This program offers many opportunities to participate in clinical research.  Minimum requirements include one major review article to be included in the Annual MEEI Fellows’ Review Course, one major clinical study to fulfill the ASOPRS thesis requirement, and two case reports.  In order to successfully complete a project, the accepted fellow is encouraged to conceive and plan the work before coming to Boston.  The faculty will be happy to provide resources and assistance in this regard.

The fellow will conduct ad hoc chart review conferences with the residents, will deliver 2 resident lectures per year, will deliver 2 grand rounds presentations per year, and will instruct the resident in on-call emergency care.

The fellow will report directly to Dr. Aaron Fay.

Duty Hours:
The position is full-time, without the opportunity to moonlight.

Currently $52,000/1st year; $55,000/2nd year

Malpractice premiums, through the Harvard CRICO program, are paid for by the Oculoplastics Service.

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.

Each fellow is allowed 2 weeks (10 work days) of combined vacation/meeting time and (1) personal day per year (vacation and personal time does not accrue year to year).  Requests for time away from the Service must be submitted in for pre-approval 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.  The Infirmary’s calendar also includes 9 legal holidays per year.  Vacation must be coordinated with the other oculoplastics fellow.  The vacation must not be taken at the beginning or end of the two-week periods of the fellowship.


Requests for an application should be directed to:

Deanna Giardullo
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-573-5553

Page Updated:  January 15, 2013