Global Ophthalmology Fellowship

Program Overview

The Global Ophthalmology Fellowship Program is a non-ACGME accredited fellowship focusing on global eye care — both in local and international environments. It is a one-year fellowship. The fellowship emphasizes the delivery of high-quality eye care to underserved populations in international settings (currently in China and Swaziland) as well as indigent and underserved populations in Oklahoma. The Fellowship will include training and proficiency in special skills (e.g. MSICS-manual small-incision cataract surgery) and expertise in program development for vision screening and blindness prevention. The Fellow will spend approximately six to eight months of the 12-month fellowship working internationally in low human development countries, both teaching and providing clinical and surgical aspects of ophthalmology. The remaining time will be spent in Oklahoma at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Clinical and surgical practice during these periods will encourage a large degree of independence so the Fellow will be appointed as limited-term junior faculty and must be credentialed at our affiliated hospitals. Only United States Citizens who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency are eligible.

Program Leadership:

  • Fellowship Director: Bradley K. Farris, MD
  • Department Chairman: Gregory L. Skuta, MD
  • Vice Chair for Academic Affairs: R. Michael Siatkowski, MD
  • Education Coordinator: Helen Howell

How to Apply

This fellowship participates in the Central Application Service provided by the San Francisco Matching Program.  The fellowship application may be found at www.sfmatch.org and is listed under #7264.

It is expected that the global ophthalmology fellow be eligible for an Oklahoma Medical License and thus must have completed and passed all three parts of the USMLE and be either Board Eligible or Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  No additional application material is required beyond that which is included in the CAS.  The University of Oklahoma support only J1 visas.