The Ophthalmic Pathology Division offers an unfunded one or two year International Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology. The international fellowship prepares graduates for careers in academic ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology research. Time is allotted for each fellow to develop a strong research program, and endeavors in basic science are strongly encouraged. The international fellow is expected to obtain a UCLA J-1 Visa and permission from the California Medical Board to participate in clinical activities through its Section 2111 program. The international fellow must speak English well enough to communicate independently with colleagues and staff. The international fellow must maintain health and repatriation insurance and have adequate funds to cover living expenses for the year.
Program Description: The International Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology Research is a research fellowship. One hundred percent of the fellow's time is spent in pathology research. The combined interests of the fellowship preceptor and the international fellow determine subject areas for study. Training encompasses several aspects of ophthalmic pathology including surgical and autopsy pathology, fine-needle aspiration biopsy, cytology, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, DNA in situ hybridization, Southern blot analysis and polymerase chain reaction techniques. The program is individualized according to the credentials and capabilities of each fellow. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to academic pathology and have plans for using the fellowship training after returning home. At the completion of training, the Stein Eye Institute issues an International Fellowship certificate.
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Research: The international fellow is expected to undertake several research projects during the year. The results of these investigations are presented at local and national scientific meetings, and at the Research and Alumni Day of the Stein Eye Institute. A Microsurgery Laboratory is available for animal surgery experiments. Collaboration with members of the vision science faculty can be arranged for projects of mutual interest. Excellent computer facilities, graphics services, statistical consultation and other services are available.
Teaching: The educational experience of the international fellow is augmented by participation in Stein Eye Institute Courses and Grand Rounds, and by interaction with other members of the Institute's full-time and clinical faculty. Teaching is an integral part of the international fellowship experience. The international fellow is expected to participate as an instructor in the Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors section of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science course for residents, journal club and any other activities sponsored by the Ophthalmic Pathology Division. The international fellow is expected to be actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents and visitors in the ophthalmic pathology laboratory. The international fellow is expected to present interesting cases at Grand Rounds and be an instructor or lecturer at courses offered at the annual meetings of the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.