The Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship Program at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center emphasizes the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of both the routine glaucoma patient as well as the complicated glaucoma problems commonly referred to tertiary centers such as ours. Because of faculty interest in pediatric glaucoma, our fellowship program provides a particularly strong experience in this tertiary specialty.
Fellows see patients with our faculty, James D. Brandt, M.D., Michele C. Lim, M.D., and Annie K. Baik, M.D. at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center’s facilities in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. Fellows actively participate in extremely busy outpatient clinics and perform both laser and incisional surgery, directly staffed by the senior faculty.
Clinical fellows also work side-by-side with ophthalmology residents and are involved in both clinical and surgical supervision of resident clinical activities and educational programs, including glaucoma conferences. Fellows also see routine ophthalmology patients independently one half-day each week and share consult/trauma call in the faculty rotation.
The UC Davis Medical Center is one of the largest Level 1 Trauma Centers in the United States and is the primary tertiary facility for complex multi-system disease in Northern California. The inpatient ophthalmology consultation service sees a diverse array of complex ocular disease – fellows have reported these additional aspects of the fellowship to be particularly interesting and rewarding.
Clinical fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue original research and are provided time to do so. Research can be clinical or basic science in nature, depending upon the qualifications and interest of the fellows. Completion of the project, including presentation at the American Glaucoma Society, AAO or ARVO followed by peer-review publication are the goals of this research.
- Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in Ophthalmology or equivalent
- Full California medical licensure (not a training license) – clinical positions cannot be offered to individuals who do not qualify for full, unrestricted California licensure
Applications for fellowships beginning in July of each year are accepted through the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Program. Completed applications must be received by September 15th of the preceding year. Candidates will be notified in early October about the interview process, which will take place in Sacramento at the UC Davis Medical Center over two two day sessions in late October and early November– interviews at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings are not offered.