Ophthalmology Fellowship Programs

Clinical and Research Fellowships

One of our highest priorities at Duke Eye Center is to foster the education of the next generation of clinician-scientists. In order to achieve this goal, all fellows are encouraged to participate in mentored research during their fellowship training at Duke. Fellows planning a career in academic ophthalmology may find that they would like to devote a substantial portion of their time to a particular research question – often a question that is inspired by the “clinical laboratory” experienced during their clinical fellowship. In order to nurture this academic interest, we offer one year research fellowships, usually following the fellow’s clinical training. In general, research fellows devote 75% of their time to research endeavors and 25% of their time to clinical work. Many graduates of our research fellowship program have successfully competed for NIH career development awards and faculty positions at top academic institutions. We encourage applicants interested in the research fellowship program to communicate with their subspecialty fellowship director early in the application process.

The Fellowship Programs at Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology offers an outstanding opportunity to receive clinical and research training in all ophthalmic subspecialties.

Fellowship for Foreign Nationals: 

We do not provide immigration sponsorship for Clinical Associates.

Glaucoma Fellowship Program

The mission of the Duke Glaucoma Fellowship program is to develop trainees with a fundamental understanding of glaucoma diagnosis and management and to promote intellectual curiosity. We are dedicated to the principal that research into disease mechanisms, patient care, and new technologies is the primary method by which we improve the outcomes of our patients.

 

Medical Retina Fellowship

The Duke Medical Retina Fellowship is a one-year program that includes three fellow positions.  This program allows strong well-rounded exposure in all areas of medical retina including Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Vascular Diseases, Retinal Degenerations  and Dystrophies, Uveitis, and Ocular Tumors, as well as protected time for research.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

The mission of the Duke Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship program is to develop in trainees a fundamental understanding of neurologic eye diagnosis and management and to promote intellectual curiosity. We are dedicated to the principal that research into disease mechanisms, patient care, and new technologies is the primary method by which we improve the outcomes of our patients.

 

Postdoc Ophthalmology Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program at Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology affords a great training opportunity for those interested in translational significance of basic research studies. Fellows may guide the research of others and participate, to a limited degree, in classroom instruction.

 

Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship Program

The Duke program is oriented toward the development of the best future leaders in the vitreoretinal field. Research training plays an important part in our program and each rotation includes a dedicated research day. In the Fall, each fellow presents a research plan for feedback from the faculty and fellows. In the summer, the research results are presented to the Department and typically proceed to publication.