The Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship is accredited by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC) and is devoted solely to gaining clinical experience.
- Program Director: Dean Cestari, MD
- Program length: 1 year (beginning in July)
- Number of positions: Up to 3
- Additional faculty: John Gittinger, MD; Elizabeth Fortin, MD; Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD; Robert Mallery, MD; Sashank Prasad, MD; Gena Heidary, MD PhD
Fellows play a significant role in the assessment, examination, and management of patients referred to the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service—one of the busiest such services in the world.
The fellows also have responsibility in the oversight of our “Consult” service, which provides evaluations for all types of Ophthalmic or Neuro-Visual problems of patients who are referred from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ophthalmology-trained fellows, can broaden their exposure to common ophthalmic disorders by staffing the Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Department (for a limited number of hours per month).
Fellows play a significant role in the oversight and education of residents and medical students who rotate through our service. This includes helping to manage cases and providing education on the cases seen.
They also are expected to read relevant literature, and to present 1-2 cases per week to the faculty at the Neuro-Ophthalmology conference to allow an open discussion about the management of difficult cases.
All Mass. Eye and Ear fellows are required to co-author at least one manuscript with a mentor that is suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Participation in the annual Fellows Course is a requirement that provides an opportunity for fellows to create a manuscript around a pre-determined theme and publish collectively.
Clinical fellows will also perform clinical research as part of their experience. Academic/elective time amounts to a half day per week during fellowship.
Professional development and attendance at Grand Rounds and the weekly "unknown" neuro-ophthalmology case conference are expected.
Malpractice premiums are fully paid by Mass. Eye and Ear.
Individual and family health insurance will be provided through the benefits program of Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
Each fellow is allotted vacation time, with the stipulation that 30 days advance notice is given.
Attendance at the NANOS meeting is required. Fellows are also expected to participate in the four-day Lancaster Course in Waterville Maine. These neuro-ophthalmic lectures are presented primarily by Harvard faculty.