About the Program
The Uveitis and Medical Retina Fellow at the Byers Eye Institute is expected to be very occupied with clinical, educational, and research and academic activities during the 2 years of fellowship training. The successful fellow will spend 4.5 weekdays (90% of a regular work week) in various clinics, learning how to manage patients with medical retinal diseases, uveitis, and retinal tumors. One-half day of each working week (10% of a regular work week) and off-work time in the evening and weekend are devoted to academic and research activities.
Fellow will master the principles and approaches in managing patients with retinal vascular diseases (neovascular and non-neovascular AMD, diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion, and other types of maculopathy such as macular telangiectasias), posterior uveitis, and retinal tumors.
Clinics at Byers are well-equipped with state-of-the-art instruments that are used in the examination of the patients as well as tools that are employed in the diagnosis and monitoring of the patients, including advanced optical coherence tomography/OCT, OCT angiography, microperimetry, fundus fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography, adaptive optics, wide-angle imaging, and electroretinography.
To ensure that the Fellow can exert his/her independent thinking and demonstrate the learning process as the fellowship progresses - the Fellow will be asked to make independent assessments of the patents and generate diagnoses and therapeutic plans initially. He/she will then join the faculty to confirm the findings and solidify the plans before final application to the patient care.
Byers Eye Institute is situated amidst the intellectually rich Stanford environment, hence the Uveitis and Medical Retina Fellow is also encouraged to attend and participate in the numerous discussions, seminars, lectures, and other educational events that occur in various schools and departments within Stanford University to stimulate a wider perspective and multidisciplinary approach towards problem solving.
Fellow may also participate in the clinical care of patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Palo Alto and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre (SCVMC, Santa Clara, California). At the VA Hospital and SCVMC, the fellows will gain more independence in diagnosing and managing patients.