The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington is simple: we seek to alleviate suffering from 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 Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship. This competitive training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of Pediatric Ophthalmologic and Adult Strabismic disease.
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).
The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington offers a unique opportunity to engage in the full spectrum of medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders in childhood and strabismus at all ages. The overall objective of this fellowship is to offer an exceptional blend of clinical opportunities and research experience in an academic setting.
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 surgical skills required of a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. Fellows encounter a wide range of pathology and a diverse patient population throughout rotations and attending faculty members entrust fellows with increasing clinical and surgical independence and responsibility.
Education & Training
The Fellow is granted the academic title of Acting Instructor at the University of Washington, and is based primarily at Seattle Children’s Hospital (main campus and Bellevue satellite), with additional adult strabismus exposure at the University of Washington Eye Institute. The fellow will gain experience with common pediatric ophthalmologic issues along with a plethora of unusual and rare disorders that present to a quaternary care institution serving the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region with a catchment area of 11 million patients. The Ophthalmology Clinics at Seattle Children's Hospital provide standard eye examinations for children with straightforward eye problems as well as consultations for children with highly complex ocular and medical issues. In addition, the fellow participates in the wide range of surgical procedures that comprise pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, including simple and complex strabismus, pediatric cataract and glaucoma surgery, nasolacrimal and pediatric oculoplastic procedures, and surveillance and treatment of retinoblastoma and retinopathy of prematurity. The fellow also has the opportunity to interact with expert vision scientists in the Seattle Children's Hospital visual sensory and oculomotor laboratories, participating in behavioral testing, visual evoked potentials, electroretinograms, and formal eye movement studies.
The fellow is expected to attend and participate in weekly Grand Rounds .The fellow is also responsible for organizing regular pediatric ophthalmology journal clubs and is encouraged to engage in new or ongoing research projects. Some clinical and didactic teaching for the residents is also expected. The fellow is encouraged to submit his or her work to a peer-reviewed journal and to attend local and national meetings to present the research.
Residents take primary call for the Department. The fellow takes second call for emergencies requiring the services of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Service in rotation with the pediatric ophthalmology attending physicians.
In our application process, one fellow is selected yearly for the one-year fellowship and has the choice of our two-year fellowship if desired. 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.
Salary is paid at an approximation of Program Year level using ACGME salary scale. The fellow receives life insurance and health benefits through the University of Washington. Fellows are provided with malpractice insurance for their fellowship-based activities. The fellow has traditionally attended specialty meetings or conferences as part of their advanced training.
Jolene Rudell, MD, PhD (2017-2018)
August Stein, M.D. (2012-13)
- Program Director
Erin P. Herlihy, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
- Teaching Faculty
Francine M. Baran, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
- Kristina Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, DPhil
Professor of Ophthalmology, Division Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
- Avery H. Weiss, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
- Michelle Cabrera, MD
Associate Professor, Associate Division Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
- Carmel Mercado, MD
- Vivian Manh, OD, MS
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