Mass. Eye and Ear, Plainville/Providence - Medical Retina Fellowship

Program Director: Magdalena G. Krzystolik, MD 
Faculty: Richard Watson, MD, and select Harvard Ophthalmology faculty based at Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston
Length of Program: One (1) year, beginning in early July
Fellows Accepted Each Year: One (1)

Harvard Ophthalmology offers a post-residency clinical medical retina fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear, Plainville/Providence, RI/Boston. The fellowship will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical retinal diseases with emphasis on age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, tumors, inflammatory diseases, and inherited retinal degenerations. There will be limited exposure to surgical retina. This is a one-year position. We are conducting the search outside of the SF match.


Applicants who have passed USMLE steps I, II and III and will have completed an ACGME-accredited ophthalmology residency or equivalent by the start of the fellowship may apply. All applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible in ophthalmology for a full medical license per the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Board of Registration in Medicine. The requirements of full licensure can be viewed on the website. The Program is unable to consider applicants who will require a visa.

Educational Objectives

The goal of fellowship training is to gain competency in the evaluation and management of diseases of the retina, vitreous, and choroid including interpretation of imaging techniques such as fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), autofluorescence, and electroretinography. 

The fellow will become efficient in performing laser treatments and intravitreal injections. We expect the fellow to carry out a clinical research project that can be presented at a national or international meeting and published in a peer-reviewed journal. 

  • Participation in Retina Service clinics seeing patients, performing minor procedures (mainly injections) and laser treatments
  • Participation in the Macula Conference, Grand Rounds, and Fellows’ Course
  • Participation in a research project suitable for presentation and publication 
  • Supervision and teaching of residents and medical students  
  • The fellow may participate in Retinal and Retinal Outcomes Conferences at the Providence VA Medical Center
Evaluation Process

Written evaluations will be provided by faculty every four months, or at three months and at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Appointments during Fellowship
  • Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear 
  • Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Fellow, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Clinical Activities

The fellow will participate in daily clinics seeing patients at Mass. Eye and Ear Plainville/Providence.  The fellow will attend inherited disease clinic or uveitis clinic once a week at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main Boston campus. 

The fellow will take retinal call for Mass. Eye and Ear Plainville/Providence locations 50% of the time, including weekends. 

Clinical Facilities
Fellowship training will mainly take place at the Mass. Eye and Ear offices in Providence, RI and Plainville, MA. Additional training (uveitis and inherited retinal diseases) will take place in Boston. All offices are equipped with state-of the art equipment including Zeiss spectral domain OCT, digital fundus photography, and fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography.  In addition, MEE Boston offers Heidelberg multimodality imaging, SLO videoangiography, RetCam and Optos photography and angiography and OCT angiography.  All locations have fully equipped laser facilities. Pascal and PDT systems are available in Boston.

Educational Responsibilities

The fellow will travel once a week to Boston on Mondays for the Retina Service Conference, at which interesting retinal cases are presented by a resident to fellows as an unknown. This conference is moderated by the Director of the Retina Service, Dr. Evangelos Gragoudas and by other Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service faculty. 

The fellow will attend remotely or in person weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, will make one case presentation at Grand Rounds at Mass. Eye and Ear, and will attend local macular/imaging conferences.

There is an annual Fellows’ publication at Mass. Eye and Ear. The fellow is expected to write a review paper under the supervision of a faculty member. The review will be published in an ophthalmic journal. This activity is in addition to the original research.

Research Responsibilities

The fellow will be expected to complete an original clinical research project pertaining to medical retina that could be presented at a national conference and published as a peer-reviewed article. 

Fellow Funding and Benefits

  1. Salary: $53,000/year.
  2. Malpractice: Malpractice premiums are fully paid by Mass. Eye and Ear.
  3. Health Insurance: Individual or family health insurance will be offered through the employee benefits program of Mass. Eye and Ear
  4. Vacation and Sick Leave: Each fellow is allowed 3 weeks (15 work days) of combined vacation/sick time. Vacation time must be pre-approved by the Fellowship Director one month in advance. 
  5. Professional Meetings: Participation at professional retina meetings is encouraged. The fellow is expected to attend at least one national meeting during fellowship. Fellows receive five working days to attend meetings. Reimbursement for travel is up to $1,500.

Application Process

This fellowship is not part of the SF Match Program. Candidates will be evaluated based on the following components: 
  • Personal statements
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your Residency Program Director
  • Personal interview


For more information about this fellowship, or to request an application, please contact: 

Magdalena G. Krzystolik
Medical Retina Fellowship

Mass. Eye and Ear, Providence/Plainville
Telephone: 401-453-4600 | Fax: 401- 453-9907

Page Last Updated

October 13, 2016