Surgical Retina Fellowship program at the Ivey Eye Institute and Western University

Dr. Munir Iqbal is pleased to announce the initiation of a Surgical Retina Fellowship program at the Ivey Eye Institute and Western University in London, Ontario

The fellowship will be 2 years in length, and will include exposure to clinical aspects of retina disease management.  The fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate both new and existing patients.  The pathology will include but not be limited to: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Vascular Diseases, Uveitis, Hereditary Retinal Diseases, Surgical Retinal and Vitreoretinal diseases, including vitrectomy, retinal detachment surgeries, macular surgeries, complex IOL cases, scleral buckling techniques, suprachoroidal drainage, along with pre/post-operative management for surgical cases.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. To gain exposure and proficiency in the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical retinal conditions to prepare a candidate for a clinical academic career retinal surgery with subspecialty training.
  2. To obtain training in the appropriate use and interpretation of diagnostic tests, including:
    • Fluorescein Angiography
    • Optical Coherence Tomography
    • Ultrasonography
  3. To develop proficiency in a number of non-surgical procedures, including:
    • Laser Photocoagulation
    • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT):
    • Intravitreal and subTenons injections of pharmaceutical agents:
  4. To develop proficiency in surgical procedures, including:
    • Vitrectomy
    i. Retinal detachment repair
    ii. Macular cases
    iii. Vitreous hemorrhage
    • Scleral buckling techniques
    • Secondary intraocular lens cases
  5. To provide exposure to the evaluation of patients with suspected malignancy, the ancillary testing and evaluation of treatment options and management.
  6. To develop skills for lecturing to colleagues and residents on various aspects of medical and surgical retinal disease.
  7. To develop critical appraisal skills and to be aware of current and completed research in the area of medical retinal disease.

Research and Education:

The fellow will be expected to be involved with retina related basic and/or clinical research. Projects will be outlined for the fellow and they will be expected to present this at a national or international meeting. Dedicated time for research will be scheduled into rotation blocks as described above.

The fellow is expected to enhance resident teaching and clinical discourse among the department. Presentation of interesting/educational cases at grand rounds is expected. The fellow will perform 2 grand rounds presentations per academic year.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae as well as 3 recent letters of reference from surgical mentors directly to Dr. Munir Iqbal at [email protected] or Mia O’Neil at mia.o’[email protected]

Applications to the Fellowship Programs must include the following:
• Letter of Intent
• Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
• 3 Letters of Reference

Eligibility Requirements for Canadian and International Medical Graduates:

• Candidates must possess a medical degree from a University recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
• Candidates must have completed an Ophthalmology residency that is recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
• International Medical Graduates do not need to write additional exams, but must be approved by the PGME Office at Western University

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