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About Rush University
Program Overview
Fellow Responsibilities
Resident Involvement
Goals Of The Fellowship
Fellowship History

Program Overview

Rush University, in conjunction with Illinois Retina Associates, sponsors one fellow each year for a two-year comprehensive fellowship in the diagnosis and management of vitreoretinal diseases. The fellowship is based in Chicago at Rush University Medical Center near downtown Chicago.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide an elite training program that will produce highly capable vitreoretinal surgeons who will make significant contributions to the future of our specialty.

Fellow Responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities:

  • Must be performed with diligence, professionalism and thoroughness
  • Respect must be shown to all patients

On-Call responsibilities:

  • Will always be HOME call
  • Will be one week at a time, once every 2-1/2 weeks
  • A beeper and cellular phone will be provided

Vacations (refer to GME House Officer's Agreement and Quick Reference Benefits Sheet)

  • 2 full weeks plus statutory holidays
  • 5 meeting days
  • Time will be allowed for job interviews towards the end of the fellowship
  • All vacations or meeting days must be approved by fellowship director

Resident Involvement

Fellows will be expected to aid in the education of the residents at Rush University. Resident teaching sessions should be arranged by the retina fellow to complement the faculty teaching. Fellows are expected to maintain an open and approachable attitude with the residents in their mentoring role.

Goals Of The Fellowship

Proper training in the management of retinal and vitreous diseases mandates the necessity for hands-on surgical experience. The fellow is expected to actively participate in the surgical management of patients and not merely be an observer. It is expected that by the end of the fellowship, fellows will have the skills and confidence to perform any vitreoretinal procedure currently performed.

During each rotation of the fellowship, fellows will spend an average of 1-1/2 days a week in the O.R. This equates to an exposure of about 4-8 cases per week. The cases performed by the faculty run the full gamut of vitreoretinal surgery from fresh primary detachments to complex tertiary referrals.

Fellows will slowly progress from observing cases at the beginning of the fellowship to performing the full case by the end of the fellowship. The pace of progress will vary depending on an individual fellow's abilities and the staff's confidence in that fellow. All surgeries will be performed under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Fellows will be expected to become proficient in these medical retina diagnoses and therapies.

Fellowship History

The fellowship program was instituted in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Kirk Packo. It ran from 1988-1996, with one fellow graduating per year. From 1996 to 2001, the fellowship was voluntarily put on hold. It was reinstituted in 2002, and we have trained highly qualified vitreoretinal specialists who are practicing throughout the United States and Canada.

Program Graduates

1987: Dr. Preston P. Richmond, Orlando, Florida
1988: Dr. R. Mark Hatfield, Charleston, West Virginia
1989: Dr. J. Gregory Rosenthal, Toledo, Ohio
1990: Dr. David D. Agahigian, Springfield, Massachusetts
1991: Dr. Richard J. Rothman, St. Louis, Missouri
1992: Dr. Mohit Nanda, Orange County, California
1993: Dr. John P. Rosculet, Appleton, Wisconsin
1994: Dr. Joseph M. Civantos, Chicago, Illinois
1995: Dr. David S. Dyer, Kansas City, Missouri
1996: Dr. Jack A. Cohen, Chicago, Illinois
2004: Dr. Sebastien Olivier, Montreal, Quebec
2005: Dr. Sohail Hasan, Chicago, Illinois
2006: Dr. Eugene Chang, San Francisco, California
2007: Dr. ThucAnh Ho, Las Vegas, Nevada
2008: Dr. Zac Ravage, Chicago Illinois
2009: Dr. Sachin Mudvari, Raleigh, North Carolina
2010: Dr. Michael J. Davis, Los Angeles, California

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