Fellowship in Ophthalmology

Pushpagiri Eye Institute offers long-term and short-term fellowships in ophthalmology, which are of 18 months and 1-3 months respectively.

Fellowships training to enable particularly well-qualified persons to receive and contribute to training in specific areas of ophthalmology. Clinical fellowship training combines outpatient, inpatient and surgical experience in an ophthalmic subspecialty. The fellow assumes increasing responsibility for patient care, under the supervision of faculty members responsible for the program. In addition to receiving instruction from faculty, the fellow instructs medical students and residents. Research is considered an important aspect of specialty training and a major prerequisite for assimilating future developments in ophthalmology.

Fellows are expected to undertake independent investigation or to participate in one of the ongoing research projects in a basic or clinical field related to their specialty. Time is allotted appropriately for this experience, and its value is enhanced by careful supervision, availability of laboratory facilities, and access to technical assistance.

The long-term programs are for young doctors who would like to benefit from the expertise available in their fields at Pushpagiri Eye Institute and from access to extensive practical training. The short-term programs are for practising ophthalmologists who would like to gain specific experience in specific procedures and management of eye diseases.

Long Term Fellowship Program

During the course of the fellowship, there is ample opportunity for fellows to handle general ophthalmic cases independently and consult with the faculty of various subspecialties in related ophthalmic diseases. This enables them to draw upon the expertise of various specialists. They also have an opportunity to perform surgeries independently, and follow up on surgical cases.

Currently the Institute offers Long Term 18 months fellowship programs in the sub specialty of

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
Application Procedure Applications must be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae and testimonials from two referees.
Selection Process Through Interview
Course Duration 18 Months

The goal is to target the Ophthalmologists who have recently completed residency through intensive training to impart skills in the recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Understanding research methodology and critical appraisal of published literature as well as carrying out a prospective study are integral to the fellowship.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

The Institute offers a 18 month fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology. The fellowship prepares the graduates of residency training programs for careers in academic comprehensive ophthalmology, emphasizing the latest techniques in cataract surgery and combined cataract-refractive surgery. The learning experience is augmented by participation in Study Group, the Postgraduate Seminar and Grand Rounds; and by interaction with members of the volunteer clinical faculty.

Clinical Experience and Research : The fellow is expected to undertake several clinical research projects during the course. A microsurgery laboratory is available for surgical experiments. Collaboration with members of the ophthalmic faculty can be arranged for projects of mutual interest. Research findings are submitted for presentation at national meetings and significant findings are submitted for publication.

Clinical experience is gained by working under the program director in the Comprehensive Ophthalmology consultation suite, and Ophthalmology Associates. Surgical experience is gained by assisting faculty preceptors, performing independent and supervised surgery, and supervising residents. Although cataract surgery accounts for the majority of surgery performed by the service, the fellow gains experience in many areas including anterior segment surgery, laser refractive surgery, strabismus surgery, glaucoma filtration surgery, oculoplastics and some retinal laser procedures.

Teaching : Teaching is an integral part of the fellowship experience. The fellow is expected to be an instructor for Ophthalmologist and Technicians, in anterior segment course, the Lens and Cataract Basic Science Course, and other courses offered by the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Division. The fellow also is expected to instruct medical students and speak at community hospitals also. The fellow presents cases at Grand Rounds and participates as an instructor or lecturer at courses of the Institute.

Retina

The Fellowship in Medical Retina is a 18 month fellowship designed to provide clinical knowledge pertaining to the diagnosis and management of a broad array of retinal disorders including age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, inflammatory retinopathies, drug-related toxic retinopathies, posterior uveitis and hereditary retinal and macular degenerations and dystrophies, retinal imaging technologies, retinal functional and Electrophysiologic diagnostics.

Research: Fellows are strongly encouraged to engage in translational clinical research and/or clinical trials and descriptive retrospective studies and develop an in depth working knowledge of the current scientific literature of medical and genetic retina. They are expected to participate in genetic and imaging conferences as well as other relevant meetings within the Institute and those hosted by community, national or international retinal societies.

The fellow will divide their time at the clinical practice sites at Secunderabad and Vizianagaram, where they are instructed in the proper use and interpretation of noninvasive diagnostic tools such as optical coherence tomography, autofluorescence imaging, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopic imaging, psychophysical testing and electrophysiology for the diagnosis and management of retinal disorders. Training also includes genetic counseling, the proper use of molecular genetic diagnostics, advanced retinal imaging technologies, retinal functional and electrophysiologic diagnostics, uveitis and exposure to surgical retinal decision-making and management issues. Fellows will gain experience with a diverse set of interventional skills including a wide spectrum of retinal laser procedures and periocular and intravitreal injection of various classes of drugs (including antiVEGF agents, steroids, antibiotics, antivirals, and immunomodulatory agents) and provide care and teach residents and DNB Students in retinal subspecialty.

We also offer super specialty training in Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in Vitreo Retina Fellowship under the eminent experts in the Field of ROP working in PVRI.

Glaucoma Fellowship

The 18 months Glaucoma Fellowship provides clinical and laboratory experience in glaucoma diagnosis and management for applicants who are preparing for an academic career in ophthalmology

Research: Fellows are expected to undertake at least one research project that can be accomplished during the fellowship period. This project, which may be a clinical study or an applied research project in the laboratory, is performed in cooperation with the faculty advisor. Use of the excellent facilities in eye pathology is encouraged. Vision scientists, including biochemists, physiologists, pathologists, anatomists and clinical ophthalmologists, are amenable to collaborating on projects.

Clinical Experience: By working with the faculty advisor in the consultation rooms examining patients and participating in clinical and surgical management, the Fellows will gain clinical experience. Fellows assist in glaucoma surgical cases and perform surgery under the guidance of the program director. They work in the glaucoma microsurgical laboratory, participate in microsurgery courses for resident and practicing physicians, assist in the Glaucoma Clinic, and develop expertise in the various diagnostic techniques used in glaucoma treatment through preceptor type relationship with faculty.

Teaching: Fellows participate in the glaucoma teaching performed at our institutes in Secunderabad and Vizianagaram and affiliated institutions, present cases at teaching rounds, and prepare presentations for regularly scheduled glaucoma conferences. They participate in teaching of staff, students, and residents through practical and didactic presentations, and improve their techniques of examinations and interpretation of ancillary test.

Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

Fellowships in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus provide in-depth clinical and laboratory experience for individuals preparing for academic careers in ophthalmology. The Institute offers fellowships for 18 months for ophthalmologists.

Clinical Experience : Clinical experience for each fellowship consists of supervised participation in the ophthalmic care of pediatric patients seen at the institute at Secunderabad and Vizianagaram, and its partner institutes in Pediatric Care. Specific activities include participation in Ophthalmology Associates, the nursery and neonatal intensive care units, ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, and the pediatric retinal service. Other areas of interest in pediatric ophthalmology encompass experience in the private consultation rooms and participation in pediatric cases that are receiving care through other services

Teaching: Fellows participate in the Pediatric Ophthalmology teaching performed at our institutes in Secunderabad and Vizianagaram and affiliated institutions, present cases at teaching rounds, and prepare presentations for regularly scheduled Pediatric conferences. They participate in teaching of staff, students, and residents through practical and didactic presentations, and improve their techniques of examinations and interpretation of ancillary test.

Pushpagiri Eye Institute Phacoemulsification Fellowship Program

Pushpagiri eye institute offers short term fellowship in Phaco emulsification for a period of 2 weeks.
The training program comprises of orientation program, instructional videos, power point presentations and wet lab sessions.
The subsequently candidate gets a chance to perform surgeries and observe senior consultants in the OR. The candidate also gets to work in the OPD, in evaluation and follow up of the patients
The operating rooms are equipped with state of the art facilities viz Alcon F20 , Zeiss Lumera 330 and Lumera i Microscopes and Alcon Infinity and Laureatte phaco emulsification.
Eligibility Criteria: MD/MS/DNB, Candidates having prior experience in ECCE/SICS
Selection of the candidates is by MCQs and Interview

Interested candidates can apply by writing to pvri.india@gmail.com

Long term programs are also available.