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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 diseases.


Deborah Bruce, Cornea Fellowship

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. While not primarily a refractive surgery fellowship, there will be an opportunity to gain training and proficiency in refractive surgical procedures.


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, and Solomon Eye Associates (private practice in Bowie, MD).


The fellow will interact with four Cornea faculty: Drs. Sarah Sunshine and Wuqaas Munir (Cornea Fellowship Director) at the University of Maryland and the Baltimore VA, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon at Solomon Eye Associates.

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 two case presentations over the course of the year. In addition, Cornea journal clubs are scheduled 4 times a year.

Opportunities for Research

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


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.

How To Apply

Fellowship positions are filled through SF Match and we utilize the Central Application Service. Please contact the matching program at SF Match.

International Graduates

Unfortunately, we do not accept applicants with residency training from outside the United States at this time.

Videos From Our Faculty and Former Fellows