Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Fellowship

Program Directors: George N. Papaliodis, MD; and Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH
Other Faculty: John Kempen, MD, PhD; Nick Butler, MD
Length of Program: 1 year
Note: The fellowship is administered through the San Francisco Match Program. Applicants must register with SF Match (program #4122.)

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Fellowship is an intensive one-year program. About 80% of the time is dedicated to clinical care, which includes uveitis clinics, infusions, and surgery. The remaining time is available for research. Fellows can spend this time performing clinically oriented research, which may include writing reviews, case series, and book chapters.

In general, the fellow's responsibilities include: 

  • Examining patients in the various assigned clinics
  • Taking call
  • Providing consults to Massachusetts General Hospital inpatients
  • Responding to patient requests for information or assistance with medical needs
  • Being available for emergency visits
  • Assisting in surgery
  • And other tasks as required to provide comprehensive patient care. 

Fellows are also required to attend lectures and deliver case presentations in Grand Rounds, as needed.

Eligibility

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 Mass. Eye and Ear prior to the Match deadline). The requirements of full licensure can be viewed on the mass.gov website.

Clinical Responsibilities

Eighty percent of the clinical fellow’s time is committed to direct patient care as part of Mass. Eye and Ear's Uveitis Service.

Outpatient Clinics: The medical management of ocular inflammatory diseases, as well as the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of surgical cases, are considered the cornerstones of the fellowship training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Accordingly, extensive exposure to the patients of the full-time staff is required of all fellows. Fellows will examine patients in the various clinics of the Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital, where they will perform initial examinations, form tentative diagnoses and therapeutic plans, and then present the patients to the attending physician for discussion and final disposition.

Clinic TimesMorning clinics generally begin at 8:00 am and afternoon clinics begin at 12:30 pm. Fellows are expected to begin seeing patients at this time.

SurgeryThe surgical experience of the uveitis fellow is derived primarily from first-assisting on the surgical volume of the Ocular Immunology Service faculty. Generally, fellows will assist on all major and minor procedures.

Brigham and Women's Emergency Room CoverageEach fellow is required to be on call for Brigham and Women's Hospital one weeknight per week and cover 25% of the holidays each year.

On-CallCall for the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service is divided in thirds among the fellow, Dr. Papaliodis, and Dr. Sobrin. Call is taken one week at a time. The fellow on call is expected to manage most issues that arise and examine patients in the Emergency Department, as needed. For any questions or complicated problems and assuredly for emergent surgical cases, the fellow should discuss the case with the attending. The uveitis fellow will also be a member of the Brigham and Women's Hospital ophthalmology consultant team and will include weeknight coverage.

MGH ConsultsMost MGH consults are examined by the Emergency Department resident on the consult service. Occasionally, the consult is specifically referred to the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service. Most of these patients are examined during regular clinic hours. Patients who require a bedside examination and are unable to transfer to Mass. Eye and Ear are evaluated by the fellow and subsequently presented to an attending prior to finalizing a note in the patient’s record.

Teaching Responsibilities

Uveitis fellows are an important educational resource for medical students and residents. They have direct interactions in the uveitis clinics and for emergency uveitis cases in the EW. The fellow may provide this service independently, or in collaboration with a uveitis faculty member, depending upon the complexity of the case and fellow’s level of expertise.

Research Opportunities and Conferences

The fellow will have access to a variety of research opportunities through the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology and the Harvard Medical School community. There will also be several clinical trial and basic research opportunities available to the fellow. The Uveitis Service participates in various multi-center trials for ocular inflammatory disease therapeutics. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate as a co-investigator and attend clinical trial meetings. 

In terms of basic research opportunities, the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, which is located near the Mass. Eye and Ear, has an exceptional ocular immunology program. Ongoing research projects focus on cellular and cytokine regulation of local immune responses in the eye and the characterization of the immunosuppressive and immunoregulating factors within the immune privileged eye. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with scientists from the Institute on basic ocular immunology research according to his/her interests.

Funding and Benefits

Please note: Clinical fellows must meet the requirements for full (unlimited) licensure in Massachusetts.

Salary: $62,000/year. Paychecks may be picked up on the 30th of each month in the administrative offices of Drs. Papaliodis and Sobrin, or arrangements can be made for direct deposit.

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

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.

Vacation and Sick Leave: Each fellow is allowed 3 weeks (15 work days) of combined vacation/meeting time and 1 personal day per 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 or the Service Director. Up to 5 additional days may be taken with the approval of the Fellowship or Service 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.) Mass. Eye and Ear's calendar also includes 9 legal holidays per year. Vacation should only be requested one week at a time. The vacation must not be taken during the two-week period at the beginning or end of the fellowship.

Professional Meetings and Travel Reimbursement: Attendance and participation at appropriate professional meetings is encouraged. Up to 5 days may be taken with the approval of the fellowship or service 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 does not meet these criteria, then vacation time may be used. 

Fellows will be reimbursed for travel to meetings up to a maximum of $1,000 per academic year upon timely submission of the appropriate paperwork. You are provided up a maximum of $1,000 per year for travel/meetings. On your return, please complete a “travel reimbursement form” and submit to Dr. Papaliodis' medical staff assistant with original receipts.

Fellows' Room: A desk in the Fellows' Room on the 12th floor has been provided for you to secure your belongings. A PC and printer are in the room. All exam lanes are also equipped with networked computers that can be used for clinical and academic purposes.

Mail: An inbox for your mail and/or important messages is on the 8th floor, in the administrative offices of Drs. Papaliodis and Sobrin. This is an important venue for staff members to send fellows important messages. Fellows are urged to check their mailboxes frequently for patient telephone call messages, dictations, and important mail and memos.

Paging: You are supplied with a pager that you must wear during business hours and also at all times when on-call. Please respond to your pages promptly. If you change the status of your beeper for any reason (i.e., in surgery, not available), please make sure you promptly reverse the status on your return to clinical duty.

How to Apply

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Fellowship participates in the San Francisco Match Program: #4122.

Only completed applications will be considered for interview. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that his or her application is complete. Applicant interviews will be conducted in October or November.

Page Last Updated

December 5, 2018