Overview

Mission

The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington is simple:  we seek to protect and improve vision through the treatment of eye disease.  We do so by practicing the state of the art in ophthalmology, extending the state through scientific research, and by sharing our knowledge with our students, our colleagues, and our community.  To that end, the Department offers a one-year comprehensive, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC) compliant Cornea Fellowship. This competitive training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of cornea. 

Accreditation

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Washington. The fellowship is approved by and monitored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC).

Goals

The overall objective of this fellowship is to offer an exceptional blend of clinical opportunities and research experience in an academic setting.  Our goal is to teach competent and compassionate practitioners the medical judgment and special skills required of a cornea surgeon.  Our fellowship graduates will be well trained to serve as both community practitioners and faculty members at academic medical centers.  The patient populations we serve, and the institutions we cover, provide a rich experience in corneal and external diseases as well as refractive surgery. 

Objectives

The overall objective of this fellowship is to offer an exceptional blend of clinical opportunities and research experience in an academic setting. Our goal is to teach competent and compassionate practitioners the medical judgment and special skills required of a corneal surgeon.  This AUPO approved training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of corneal diseases.

Education

Fellows are expected to attend and participate in weekly Grand Rounds.  The fellow will also be expected to assist with resident training in the OR, and lecture the residents on subjects related to the specialty.

Our division hosts a monthly meeting.  This meeting is the forum to discuss research ideas, track progress on research projects, and review abstracts/presentations given at national meetings.  This meeting is attended by faculty members from the cornea department as well as the resident on the service and fellow. 

The fellow is also encouraged to attend the fellow’s program sponsored by the Cornea Society as well as local and regional meetings. 

The fellow is required to complete a research project throughout the year.  SightLife eye bank is available to assist with the project when applicable. 

Training

The Fellow is granted the academic title of Acting Instructor at the University of Washington.  The fellow will participate in highly complex cornea and anterior segment pathology.  Surgeries include the range of corneal surgery such as keratoprosthesis, PKP, DALK, DSEK, DMEK, scleral fixated IOL’s as well as ocular surface reconstruction as well as other surgeries.  The fellow also gets to see and participate in refractive surgery.  A sample of the basic fellowship schedule is included below.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Rotkis OR 1, 3

Shen clinic  am

Shen OR 2, 4, 5

Rotkis OR 1, 3

Banitt clinic am

Banitt OR 2, 4, 5

Fellow clinic pm

Rotkis  clinic 1, 3

Shen clinic am 2, 5

Research pm

 

 

 

VA OR 4

VA clinic 4th

On-Call

Residents take primary call for the Department.  The fellow takes second call for cornea emergencies.  There is always a cornea attending on call to back up the fellow.  The fellow takes primary open globe call on the same amount as all clinical instructors. 

     
     
     
     

Application

In our application process, one fellow is selected yearly for the one-year fellowship.  Interviews are offered to candidates after a review of all the application materials.  This position is offered through the San Francisco Matching Program (www.sfmatch.org).  Please see the dates and deadlines on the website.  Candidates who will have successfully completed their ophthalmology residency training and who are able to obtain a license to practice medicine in the state of Washington are considered.

Benefits

This non-ACGME fellowship salary is paid at an approximation of Program Year level using AAMC salary scale.  Health benefits are available through the University of Washington with several plans to choose from. Dental, Life and A&D insurance are included with health plans at no additional cost. Fellows are provided with malpractice insurance for their fellowship-based activities.  The fellow is expected to attend specialty meetings or conferences as part of their advanced training.

 

Incoming Fellow

 Daniel Lemor, MD (2018-2019)

Current Fellow

Alex Foster, MD (2017-2018)

Past Fellow

 

Program Information

Program Director   
Michael Banitt, MD, MHA
Associate Professor

Education Manager
Karynne Tsuruda

Faculty Listing

Teaching Faculty
Michael Banitt, MD, MHA
Associate Professor

Tueng T. Shen, MD, PhD
Professor

Hoon C. Jung, MD
Assistant Professor

Walter Rotkis, MD
Clincal Professor