During the first year, the emphasis will be on
patient evaluation and management. The fellow has an opportunity to
learn medical and surgical care of retinal disease in a wide range of
clinical settings in which the retina service functions:
- University Eye Center, Galveston
- MD Anderson Cancer Center Eye Clinic
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital and Eye Clinic
- UTMB Emergency Room
- Satellite clinics in Friendswood, and League City Texas
surgical faculty operate at state-of-the-art facilities in Jeannie
Sealy Hospital, Victory Lakes Ambulatory Surgical Center and MD Anderson
Hospital OR. We have access to the latest version platforms from Alcon,
Bausch and Lomb, and wide field operating scopes. The fellow will begin
with assisting in retina surgeries in the first year and will begin
doing parts of the surgery from the second month. (S)He will gain
expertise in performing primary scleral buckles, pars plana vitrectomy,
vitreous base trimming, endolaser, fluid/air exchange, injection of oil
and gas in the eye and many other procedures during the first year.
fellow will become familiar with laser treatment and cryopexy. This
includes direct and indirect laser photocoagulation for macular edema,
proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and peripheral retinal lesions. The
fellow also will receive ample experience with intravitreal injections
and cryopexy of peripheral retinal pathology.
part of his/her training, the first-year fellow will be expected to
practice on his/her posterior segment surgical skills in the fully
equipped wet lab. In addition, he/she will spend an equal amount of time
in the surgical simulation lab where an Eyesi retinal surgical
simulator is available for use.
laboratory research is another field that the fellow will be involved
in. Extensive mentoring is available for both clinical and bench-work
studies. The visual scientists of the department of Ophthalmology and
Visual Sciences are internationally renowned and conduct cutting edge
Retina fellow will oversee retina
calls under the supervision of retina attending. There is ample
opportunity for him/her to visit, learn, and operate on patients in the
Emergency Room (ER) of the UTMB Jenny Sealy hospital.
the retina fellow will also take part in teaching. This teaching
translates into the daily clinical mentoring of residents as well as at
presenting conferences. He/she will also have a monthly text review
with the retina resident.
The retina service
has a monthly journal club, which is presented by the retina fellow and
resident. Monthly retina rounds are another learning opportunity for the
fellows and residents to witness controversies and expert opinion of
the faculty in the management of difficult cases.