Fellowships

A Fellow is a post-medical doctor trainee who is pursuing further clinical or research training in a sub-specialty of ophthalmology. Ongoing and documented evaluations of the candidate progress will be done. The candidate will, upon successful completion of the fellowship, be presented with a certificate or letter of recognition of their achievement.

The Fellowship should be able to meet the educational goals of both the applicant and of the faculty members offering the fellowship.

Generally, fellowships run from July 1st through June30 th, and are non-funded.   Research Fellow should provide their own source of funding however, Clinical Fellows should have an approved source of funding as per the rules of regulation of McGill University.    Shorter periods of study occasionally can be arranged for Research Fellowships.

The Fellow(s) will be directly responsible to the Director of the Fellowship Training Program and the Clinical Director of the hospital at which the Fellow is based.

The Fellow(s) will be classified as research or clinical, as determined by the Fellowship Committee and as confirmed by the office of the Dean of the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

The Fellow(s) will follow similar research guidelines as enrichment year residents. This will include the submission of a research proposal, implementation of the research project, presentations to the committee (initial, mid-year progress, fellowship grand rounds), and submission of a final report.

The Fellow(s) must publish a minimum of one research-oriented paper during the fellowship year. Attendance at Research Topics lectures (Dr. Hess) is encouraged.

Clinical and teaching duties and course work will be determined by the individual supervisor and the fellowship committee. This may include rounds with the resident staff, lectures to medical students and residents, as well as supervision of resident consultations and discussion with attending staff. 

Fellows will not compete with the residents for clinical or surgical case material, but will rather complement the training experience of the residents.

Applying for Fellowships in Ophthalmology

To apply for a Clinical Fellowship the first step is to contact pgfellows [dot] med [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mrs. Dolly Rabbath), Fellowships Administrator at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.
McGill University
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler Room 601
Montreal (Québec)  H3G 1Y6
Tel: 514 398-8264
Fax: 514 398-3595

There are very strict criteria that need to be met before starting a Clinical Fellowship at McGill. 

For information pertaining to the Fellowships admission requirements, please consult https://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/admissions/prospective-fellows

In order for a physician to be able to be considered for a fellowship (post residency training) they must hold a specialty certificate from a Board or College. 

For information pertaining to all the clinical fellowships offered at McGill University, please consult the following section: http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

For a Research Fellowship the candidate should contact the Fellowship Program Director. More explanations and possibilities will be given by the Fellowship Program Director. For research fellowship, there is no need to contact Mrs. Rabbath.

Cornea / External Disease and Uveitis Fellowship

Length: 1 year for Uveitis and 1 year for Cornea, external disease and refractive surgery
Number of positions per year: 1(clinical fellowship in corneal & external diseases) and 1 (uveitis fellowship)
Type of fellowships: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: jean [dot] deschenes [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Jean Deschênes)Refractive surgery:awallerstein [at] lasikmd [dot] com ( Dr. Avi Wallerstein)
Hospital involved in training:  Centre académique de santé de l’œil de McGill/McGill Academic Eye Centre, 5252 Boul de Maisonneuve West, 4th floor
Montréal, Québec, H4A 3S5
Mission Statement: This Fellowship provides clinical training  in all aspects of corneal and external diseases, corneal transplantation, refractive surgery, and uveitis.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: 

http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

The Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory Fellowship

Length: 1 year
Number of positions per year: 2
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: miguel [dot] burnier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Miguel N Burnier Jr)
Hospital involved in training:  MUHC affiliated Hospitals/Henry C Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory
Overall Objective: These fellowships will provide residents with intensive subspecialty training in Ocular Pathology.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: The Henry C Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory Fellowship

Vitreoretinal Fellowship

Length:  2 years
Number of positions per year: 2
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: John [dot] galic [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. John Galic ) Hospital involved in training:  MUHC affiliated hospitals (Centre académique de santé de l’œil de McGill/McGill Academic Eye Centre, 5252 Boul de Maisonneuve West, 4th floor
Montréal, Québec, H4A 3S5, Montreal Children’s Hospital), Jewish General Hospital, Private Offices (Montreal Retina Institute)
Overall Objective: The vitreoretinal fellowship provides eligible applicants with a strong foundation in both surgical and medical retina skill development.   For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

Cornea, External Disease, Keratorefractive Surgery Fellowship

Length: 1 year
Number of positions per year: 1
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: devinder [dot] cheema [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Dev Cheema)
Hospital involved in training:  Montreal General Hospital (MGH), Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH), St Mary's and others (e.g. laser centers, outside offices)
Overall Objective: The fellowship will enhance, consolidate and expand the candidate's knowledge and ability to manage medical and surgical cases in Cornea and External Disease far beyond what was achieved in residency by expanding the complexity and concentrating the patients being managed.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: Cornea, External Disease, Keratorefractive Surgery Fellowship

Glaucoma Fellowship

Length: 1 year
Number of positions per year: 1
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Co-directors : acolacch [at] oph [dot] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Oscar Kasner) and hady [dot] saheb [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Hady Saheb)
Hospital involved in training:  Jewish General Hospital and the Montreal General Hospital
Mission Statement: The mission for our Glaucoma Fellowship Program is to train individuals through a high level of patient exposure to become experienced in diagnosing and treating the spectrum of the adult Glaucomas.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship

Length: 1 year
Number of positions per year: 1
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: bryan [dot] arthurs [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Bryan Arthurs)
Hospital involved in training:   Jewish General Hospital
Mission Statement: This Fellowship is intended to train highly qualified Oculoplastic Surgery Fellows.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link:http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

Length: 1 year
Number of positions per year: 1
Type of fellowship: Clinical
Fellowship Program Director: Robert [dot] koenekoop [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Robert Koenekoop)
Hospital involved in training:  Montreal Children's Hospital
Mission Statement: This Fellowship is intended to train highly qualified Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellows.  For a complete description of this fellowship, please consult this link: http://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/programs/fellowship-programs

Formation Complémentaire

For information about applying for additional training in order to be recruited in Quebec, i.e. formation complémentaire (only for Medical Residents remunerated by RAMQ), please go to the following page:  Resident Formation Complementaire