Patient Care: Our patients are the most important part of our practice and the fellowship is centered around providing excellent patient care.
Teaching is an important part of this fellowship. Departmental morning rounds are held four mornings each week, and include residents, fellows, and faculty from all the ophthalmic subspecialties. Morning rounds include a variety of formats including clinical cases, formal lectures, and research presentations in all areas of ophthalmology. Every Friday morning during the academic year, faculty members present a two-hour lecture covering sections of the Basic and Clinical Science course subject material.
The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service holds regular teaching sessions with faculty on subjects of interest in pediatric ophthalmology. Fellows are expected to actively participate in teaching. They periodically present at departmental morning rounds and help to organize service teaching and journal clubs. Along with the faculty, they are responsible for teaching residents and medical students.
Research is an integral part of the pediatric ophthalmology service at the University of Iowa. With faculty support, fellows are required to participate in research during their fellowship year including a presentation of their project at the annual resident and fellow research day in the spring and the completion of a manuscript.
The Department is the home of the Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory, a nationally known research center for inherited eye disease. Pediatric Ophthalmology fellows with a special interest in this area may apply for a second year of training which concentrates on clinical and research aspects of pediatric genetic eye disease.
Thanks to a generous educational endowment, the fellow salary is highly competitive, with additional funds available for travel.