Medical Retina Fellowship (Plainville and Providence)
This fellowship focuses 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. We are conducting the search outside of the SF match.
- Program Director: Magdalena G. Krzystolik, MD
- Program length: 1 year (beginning in July)
- Number of positions: 1
- Additional faculty: Richard Watson, MD, and select Harvard Ophthalmology faculty based at Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston
The goal of fellowship training is to gain competency in the evaluation and management of diseases of the retina, vitreous, and choroid. The fellow will become efficient in performing laser treatments and intravitreal injections. They will also gain experience with various imaging techniques, including fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), autofluorescence, and electroretinography.
Training will mainly take place at the Mass. Eye and Ear offices in Providence, RI, and Plainville, MA. Additional training in uveitis and inherited retinal diseases will take place in Boston once a week.
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, Mass. Eye and Ear 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.
- See patients in the Retina Service and perform minor procedures (mainly injections) and laser treatments
- Participate in the Macula Conference, Grand Rounds, and Fellows’ Course
- Participate in a research project suitable for presentation and publication
- Supervise and teach residents and medical students
- May also participate in Retinal and Retinal Outcomes Conferences at the Providence VA Medical Center
The fellow will take retinal call for Mass. Eye and Ear Plainville/Providence locations 50% of the time, including weekends.
All applicants must:
- Have completed an ACGME-accredited ophthalmology residency program or equivalent
- Passed parts I, II, and III of USMLE
- 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 program is unable to consider applicants who will require a visa
This fellowship is not part of the SF Match Program. Candidates will be evaluated based on the following components:
- Personal statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your Residency Program Director
- Personal interview
For more information, or to request an application, please contact Magdalena G. Krzystolik at 401-453-4600.
Conferences and Grand Rounds
The fellow will travel to Boston on Mondays for the Retina Service Conference, where residents present interesting retinal cases. This conference is moderated by the Director of the Retina Service and other Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service faculty.
The fellow will attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (remotely or in person) and is expected to present one case. The fellow will also attend local macular/imaging conferences.
Research and Scholarship
We expect the fellow to complete an original clinical research project pertaining to medical retina that can be presented at a national or international meeting and published in a peer-reviewed journal.
There is an annual Fellows’ publication at Mass. Eye and Ear. The fellow is expected to write and publish a review paper under the supervision of a faculty member.
Malpractice premiums are fully paid by Mass. Eye and Ear.
Individual or family health insurance will be offered through the employee benefits program of Mass. Eye and Ear.
Each fellow is allotted vacation time. Vacation time must be pre-approved by the Fellowship Director one month in advance.
Attendance and participation at appropriate meetings is encouraged. Vacation time and travel reimbursement are available.