The vitreoretinal fellowship program has a long tradition of excellence, and continues as one of the most highly sought after, if not the most highly sought after US vitreoretinal fellowship program. The vitreoretinal faculty takes great pride in their trainees, and approximately half have taken positions at academic institutions, and others who have entered private practice, have continued to innovate and participate in clinical and translational research, even while in private practice. Many of our graduates have gone on to high profile leadership positions in National organizations and at academic institutions.
The faculty teaches trainees through core clinical curricula, and as mentors for third year Duke Medical Students during their research year, many of whom have won Howard Hughes Scholarships and Research to Prevent Blindness awards. The Duke Vitreoretinal division plays an active role in education on a local, national and international level.
At a local level, the Vitreoretinal Service frequently organizes courses, such as a recent course on ocular imaging, and through talks at North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHECS) as continuing education for local community providers.
At a national and international level, the faculty has organized courses on basic and advanced vitreoretinal surgical techniques, on advanced imaging methodology, and on clinical and research aspects of macular degeneration. These courses have attracted attendees from around the United States, and around the world. In addition, Duke Vitreoretinal faculty often participate in national and international clinical research meetings as invited course faculty, and as guest lecturers.