Fellowship

Advanced Ophthalmology subspecialty fellowship training is available in the following sections:

Glaucoma

The glaucoma fellowship is a one year clinical position in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. The fellow works closely with six faculty members on the glaucoma service at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. The program is AUPO FCC compliant.

The fellowship program emphasizes the development of expertise in all phases of the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. The fellow provides supervisory and teaching support for the residency program, both in the operating room and in outpatient glaucoma clinics at Cooper Green Hospital, Lions Clinic and the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. Increasing responsibility for glaucoma surgery—including filters, shunts and cataracts—is provided throughout the year.

Prior fellows perform several hundred surgical procedures as primary surgeon including exposure to pediatric glaucoma procedures (goniotomy, 360° trabeculotomy) and all surgical procedures for glaucoma.

Retina

This fellowship consists of training in the surgical and medical management of diseases of the retina and vitreous. The training is provided by the Director of Vitreoretinal Diseases in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama.

The program provides an intensive, broadly based clinical experience in retinal and vitreous disease, with the goal of training the physician to pursue a career in a clinical or academic environment.

Training is provided in all major diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in retinal and vitreous disease. Particular emphasis is placed on indirect ophthalmoscopy, fundus biomicroscopy, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, ocular coherence tomography and ultrasonography.

Extensive experience is provided at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Birmingham, and Cooper Green Hospital. Increasing responsibility for scleral buckling and vitrectomy surgery is provided throughout both years.

The fellow also acts as an attending physician, providing supervisory and teaching support for the residency program, both in the operating room and in resident outpatient clinics devoted to treating a wide range of retinal and vitreous diseases.


Application Information

The deadline for applications is August 1st of the year prior to the July 1st starting date for a fellowship. The fellow will receive a secondary appointment as an Instructor in the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

The following documentation is required in addition to your C.A.S. application form. Send documents by surface mail (not email):

  • Current Photograph
  • Medical School Dean’s Letter (copy from residency program file will be accepted)
  • Medical School Transcript (copy from residency program file will be accepted)
  • Letter from chairman (if not included in your C.A.S. application)
  • Letter from residency director (if not included in your C.A.S. application) 
  • Three letters of recommendation from MDs.
  • Letter of Interest
  • CV

Current Fellows

Shawn Agee, M.D.
Daniel Bennett, M.D.
Charles Clark, M.D.
Nicholas Tosi, M.D
Jonathan Zoghby, M.D.