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Cornea and External Disease Fellowship

The Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is a one year clinical fellowship designed to train the individual to successfully manage a referral cornea practice in an academic or private setting. Fellows will gain expertise in the surgical management of keratoplasty and other anterior segment procedures, along with the medical aspects of a broad spectrum of corneal disease.

Clinical Exposure

In all of the training venues the fellow plays an active, direct role in the care of patients. The fellow spends the majority of their clinical time working within a Cornea attending clinic along side of residents. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to have their own cornea/comprehensive clinic approximately one day per week. While not primarily a refractive surgery fellowship, there will be an opportunity to gain training and proficiency in refractive surgical procedures.

Locations

Through a variety of clinical locations, the fellow will gain an understanding of a spectrum of practice types. Fellows will rotate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Baltimore VA, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), and a private practice in York, PA.

Faculty

The fellow will interact with five Cornea faculty: Drs. Bennie Jeng, Ramzi Hemady, and Wuqaas Munir at the University of Maryland and the Baltimore VA, and Drs. Angelique Pillar and Sudeep Pramanik at GBMC and York.

Didactic Program

The fellow participates in the Cornea lecture series, held in the mornings throughout the year. The fellow also participates in resident grand rounds, held Tuesday mornings on a weekly basis. The fellow is expected to present either one lecture or case presentation over the course of the year. In addition, Cornea journal clubs are scheduled approximately every other month.

Opportunities for Research

The fellow is strongly encouraged to participate in research projects with both clinical and basic science faculty members. Please see faculty links above for recent research topics. At least one scholarly project is required of the fellow.

Call

The Cornea fellow rotates general call with the faculty. Call is taken one week at a time, and approximately 4-5 times in the year.

When not on general call, the fellow is generally available for Cornea consultation during on and off hours. Cornea faculty are also always available for specific questions as well.

Salary / Benefits

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the other fellowships offered in the geographic area.

More Information

Fellowship positions are filled through SF Match and we utilize the Central Application Service. Please contact the matching program at SF Match. Unfortunately, we do not accept applicants with residency training from outside the United States at this time.

Contact: Marva Smith: msmit010@umaryland.edu