Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

Length: 1 year

Number of positions: 1

Type of fellowship: Clinical

Fellowship Director: Dr. Robert Koenekoop

Candidates must secure funding in order to apply for this Fellowship.

Name of Institution: McGill University Health Centre

Location: Montreal Children’s Hospital Glen site, Room A02.3913 on 1001 Blvd Decarie, Montreal Que H4A 3J1 Canada

  • Number of fellowship positions requested; 1 per year
  • Academic affiliation McGill University Health Centre
  • Name of hospitals involved in training: Montreal Children’s Hospital, St Justine Hospital, The Children’s Clinic (TCC)
  • % time spent by the fellow in each institution (TOTAL 100%) (80% MCH, 10% STJ, 10% TCC) • Background: Pediatric hospitals and Children’s eye clinic
  • Research activities Retinal Genetic studies in children’s blindness (Dr. Koenekoop)/ Therapeutic research studies for Childhood Blindness (Dr. Koenekoop) and eye movement and eye lid studies with novel technologies(Dr. Falcao) and neuro-ophthalmic studies in kids (Dr. Toffoli)
  • Publications 50 publications/ in the past 5 years in peer reviewed journals
  • Grants and awards for Eye research: 10 including NIH, CIHR, FBC, Reseau, $ 4 million CDN
  • Mission: To train highly qualified Pediatric Ophthalmology fellows in all clinical, surgical and research related topics and spheres of childhood eye disease, especially blindness, strabismus, tumors, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, cataracts, glaucoma and amblyopia.
  • Outline how intended fellowship will enhance residency training: Surgeries, clinics, research, teaching, journal clubs, Grand Rounds including Surgical Grand Rounds will all enhance the residents receiving teaching from the fellow,
  • Sainte-Justine Hospital rotation with Dr. Patrick Hamel for RB tumor and glaucoma will enhance fellow experience which will also transmit to the residents.
  • Name of the Fellowship Program Director: Dr. Robert Koenekoop, co-director Dr. Daniela Toffoli
  • Names of the Teaching Faculty McGill University Health Centre
    Daniela Toffoli MD Asst prof, full time
    Robert Polomeno MD Asst prof, part time
    Conrad Kavalec MD, Asst prof CAS, part time
    Dr. Michael Flanders (part time)
    Dr. Marcele Falcao MD PhD asst professor full time
    Patrick Hamel MD, Assoc prof, part time, MCH, UdeM and STJ
    Rob Koenekoop MD PhD Full professor, full time. CHIEF
  • Roles Teachers
  • Summary of clinical practice: Strabismus, cataract, blindness, retinoblastoma, traumas, pediatric neuroophthalmology, pediatric glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric oculoplastics o
  • Major Strengths: Childhood blindness, inherited retinal degenerations, Retinitis pigmentosa, novel treatment studies, Strabismus, Neuro ophthalmology, lid diseases, orbital tumors and oculoplastics in kids, glaucoma, cataracts, and Retinoblastoma.
  • Academic Facilities:
  • Outline facilities for clinical and academic pursuit:
  • At MCH glen site: 9 lanes, 1 OR, 1 research lab and 3 Center for Innovative Medicine rooms (CIM) for testing and clinical trial space for research, plus 1 active genetics research laboratory at the Translational Center for Biomedical Sciences (TCB)
  • At Glen site major kids ER and NICU (42 beds)
  • At TCC, 4 lanes for clinics and 1 OR and 1 testing room
  • At STJ 1 OR and 12 eye lanes, plus treatment rooms and testing rooms
  • Library access, with materials relevant to fellowship training: Yes
  • Multimedia learning materials available: Yes
  • Availability of a skills lab if applicable: Yes
  • Fellow Duties and Responsibilities on Call responsibilities to cover service: Yes
  • Include whether the fellow is the senior supervisor of residents: No not now
  • Outline whether there are fixed rotations at various (3) institutions: Yes
  • Outpatient clinic responsibilities need to be outlined: The fellow will be either in clinic, assisting at retinopathy of prematurity rounds in NICU, assisting with inpatient/ward consults, or in the OR or doing research at the CIM or TCB
  • Outline role of the fellow towards residents on service: Teaching residents during clinics in OR in research, NICU and ER and occasional didactic teaching will be expected.
  • Teaching responsibilities towards residents: Same.
  • Outline participation in academic activities involving the residents: seminars, Outcome assessment (morbidity and mortality rounds etc): Fellows participate in Weekly, & Monthly Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds, Surgical Grand Rounds.
  • Describe any support staff available to the fellow: Ophthalmology program coordinator, nurse Clinician, secretarial: one administrative officers, three Orthoptists, One Assistant nurse (4 days a week).
  • Proposed meetings to be attended by the fellow: ARVO, McGill Day, Sainte-Justine’s Day, AAPOS
  • Research productivity and publications expected by the Fellow: One to two publications / year Curriculum of Intended case load: 1000 clinic cases, 75 surgeries.
  • Intended Percentage of varieties of cases: Strabismus 70%, cataract 10%, oculoplastics 20% and other procedures (including intravitreal injections for ROP, occasional laser treatments 5%)
  • Regular reading materials provided (if any): Journal Clubs andConference weekly schedules Yes
  • Role of the fellow in attending, presenting, supervising, organization: 100%

Prepared and approved by Drs Falcao, Toffoli, Koenekoop January 27, 2020

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