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 an oculoplastics surgeon. Our fellowship graduates are both community practitioners and faculty members at academic medical centers.

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Overview

The Department offers an ASOPRS approved two-year fellowship in ophthalmic plastics & reconstructive surgery.  This extremely competitive training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Washington.  The fellowship is approved, and monitored by, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.   Only 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 will be considered.

One fellow is selected every other year for this two-year fellowship.  Positions are available on odd-numbered years.  (The next available position will begin in July 2015).

Interviews will be offered to candidates after review of application material.  The position will be offered through the San Francisco Matching Program (see www.sfmatch.org for registration and information).  Only 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 will be considered.

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 will lecture the residents on subjects related to the specialty.

The fellow is required to complete a scholarly thesis to gain entrance to ASOPRS.  Preceptors meet with the fellow early in the training to develop a research topic and meet regularly to assess progress.  Throughout UW, there are numerous researchers conducting vision research.  There is ample opportunity to become involved with a new or ongoing project with basic science scientists based in a number of departments.

Residents take primary call for the Department.  The fellow takes second call for emergencies requiring the services of the Oculoplastics Division.

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 an oculoplastic surgeon.  Our fellowship graduates are 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 functional, aesthetic, and trauma-related eye surgery.  Fellows will receive training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases of the eyelids, face, orbit, and lacrimal system.

Education

The Fellow will be granted the academic title of Acting Instructor at the University of Washington, and will be based in the UW Medicine Eye Institute.    The Oculoplastic Surgery Suite within the 27,000 sf Eye Institute has dedicated consultation and treatment rooms, as well as a fully-equipped surgical suite and recovery room for use by oculoplastic surgery patients.  The Eye Institute is based on the campus of Harborview Medical Center, one of the country’s leading trauma centers and the only Level I trauma center in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to working at the UW Medicine Eye Institute, the fellow will spend one day each week at the Puget Sound Veterans Administration Hospital.  The inpatient service and outpatient clinics of this medical center, located 3 miles from the UW Medicine Eye Institute, are a rich source of age-related and functional reconstructive ocular surgery.

Our fellow also spends one day each week working with Dr. Kristen Tarbet in her private office.  This opportunity teaches the fellow the aesthetic side of the specialty, as well as the skills needed to succeed in private practice.

The Fellow will also cover oculoplastic consultations at the University of Washington Medical Center.  Located on the campus of the University of Washington, this 450 bed hospital has been consistently ranked by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s top patient care institutions (#12 in the 2010 ranking).  The UW School of Medicine is the top public medical school in receipt of federally funded research dollars.  Serving as the medical academic hub for the region, UWMC draws patients from Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.   The fellow is likely to provide complex patient care alongside our colleagues from the departments of plastic surgery, neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, dermatology, pathology, interventional radiology, among others..  A sample of the basic fellowship schedule is included below.

During the second year of fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to schedule rotations with other specialists both within and outside of the medical center.  Traditionally, fellows have tailored this experience to enrich their career goals and interests.

The varied experience including a top university medical center, a renowned trauma center, VA hospital, and private physician offices can be matched in only a few programs nationwide.

Residents take primary call for the Department.  The fellow takes second call for oculoplastic surgery emergencies..  The fellow takes second call 3 weeks per month, with the fourth week covered by the oculoplastic surgery fellow from Allure Laser Center & Medispa.

Our division hosts a twice-monthly Neuroophthalmology-Pathology-Plastics research 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 each subspecialty, the oculoplastic surgery fellow, and residents participating in our research endeavors.  

Fellows are expected to attend and participate in weekly departmental Grand Rounds.  We also host journal club every other month where all oculoplastic surgeons in Seattle are invited to attend.  The oculoplastic surgery fellows from UW and Allure Laser Center & MediSpa present articles for discussion at this journal club. 

Our fellow will also be expected to assist with resident training in the OR, and will lecture the residents on subjects related to the specialty.

The fellow is required to complete a scholarly thesis to gain entrance to ASOPRS.  Preceptors meet with the fellow early in the training to develop a research topic and meet regularly to assess progress.  Throughout UW, there are numerous researchers conducting vision research.  There is ample opportunity to become involved with a new or ongoing project with basic science scientists based in a number of departments.

Education Experience

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

VA clinic alternating with OR every other week (with Orcutt)

UWEI clinic and procedures (with Chang)

OR (with Tarbet)

UWEI clinic alternating with OR every other week (with Amadi)

UWEI OR (with Chang)

PM

VA clinic alternating with OR every other week (with Orcutt)

UWEI clinic and procedures (with Chang)

OR (with Tarbet)

UWEI clinic alternating with OR every other week (with Amadi)

UWEI OR (with Chang)

 

Residents take primary call for the Department.  The fellow takes second call for oculoplastic surgery emergencies..  The fellow takes second call 3 weeks per month, with the fourth week covered by the oculoplastic surgery fellow from Allure Laser Center & Medispa.

Our division hosts a twice-monthly Neuroophthalmology-Pathology-Plastics research 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 each subspecialty, the oculoplastic surgery fellow, and residents participating in our research endeavors.  

Fellows are expected to attend and participate in weekly departmental Grand Rounds.  We also host journal club every other month where all oculoplastic surgeons in Seattle are invited to attend.  The oculoplastic surgery fellows from UW and Allure Laser Center & MediSpa present articles for discussion at this journal club. 

Our fellow will also be expected to assist with resident training in the OR, and will lecture the residents on subjects related to the specialty.

The fellow is required to complete a scholarly thesis to gain entrance to ASOPRS.  Preceptors meet with the fellow early in the training to develop a research topic and meet regularly to assess progress.  Throughout UW, there are numerous researchers conducting vision research.  There is ample opportunity to become involved with a new or ongoing project with basic science scientists based in a number of departments.

Faculty Listing

  • Program Director
    James Orcutt, MD, PhD
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Chief of Ophthalmology, Puget Sound VA Hospital
    ASOPRS Member
  • Teaching Faculty
    A.J. Amadi, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor, ASOPRS Member
  • Holly Chang, MD
    Assistant Professor, ASOPRS Member
  • Kristen Tarbet, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor, ASOPRS Member
  • James Hargiss, MD
    Clinical Professor, ASOPRS Member