The Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma and Dean McGee Eye Institute is a one-year rotation. It is a funded, AUPO-FCC approved clinical and surgical fellowship, with an emphasis on both adult and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologic challenges. Dr. Bradley Farris and Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski were fellowship trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, while Dr. Anil Patel was fellowship-trained at the University of Iowa. Drs. Farris and Patel provide clinical and surgical expertise in adult neuro-ophthalmology, while Dr. Siatkowski provides clinical and surgical expertise in both adult and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. The referral area for Dean McGee Eye Institute includes not only Oklahoma, but southern Kansas, northern Texas, southeast Colorado, southeast Missouri, as well as western Arkansas.
Surgical experience for the Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow includes both paretic and restrictive strabismus problems for the child and adult. There will be significant experience in horizontal, vertical, and oblique strabismus surgery, as well as transposition, posterior fixation, and adjustable suture technique. The fellow will learn all surgical techniques, and develop expertise by the end of the 12-month fellowship, depending on surgical skill level. Additionally, optic nerve decompression and temporal artery biopsy will be taught. Particular expertise should be gained in diseases such as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Thyroid Eye Disease, Optic Neuritis, stroke, and trauma. Botulinum toxin will be used extensively for Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm. Clinical research opportunities will be incorporated into the fellowship. The Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow will be expected to produce publishable clinical research under the careful guidance of Drs. Farris, Patel, and Siatkowski.
At the end of the academic year, the Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow will be able to develop an approach to complicated neuro-ophthalmic presentations, incorporating a careful history and examination technique, a careful and complete differential diagnosis, and pursue with confidence the appropriate work-up and treatment protocol, unique to each individual patient. The approach of "comfort always, seldom heal" will be emphasized throughout the fellowship, with a good measure of fun as you learn.
The Neuro-Ophthalmology is an approved program by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology's Fellowship Compliance Committee. Our fellowship program begins on July 7, 2017 and ends on July 6, 2018. This year's deadline for fellowship applications is September 15, 2016.