Ophthalmic Genetics Fellowship

The Ophthalmic Genetics Division at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute offers clinical, clinical-research, and research fellowships. The ophthalmic genetics clinical and clinical-research fellows receive training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with a wide range of inherited retinal diseases and learns to distinguish them from autoimmune and uveitic masqueraders. The ophthalmic genetics clinical and clinical research fellows also will become adept with the utilization and interpretation of multimodal imaging, visual electrophysiology, psychophysical testing and genetic diagnostics. The clinical and clinical-research fellowships also include exposure to the OHSU Casey Eye Institute Gene Therapy Center and the Casey Reading Center. 

Ophthalmic genetics faculty

Program information

Clinical fellowship

The clinical fellowship is a 1 year fellowship that will prepare the fellow to work independently as an inherited retina specialist. Fellows actively participate in the clinics of the faculty under direct supervision three days a week. Two days a week, the fellow will have time to pursue a clinical or translational research project. In addition, fellows will have teaching and educational opportunities. Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree, successfully have completed at least three years of training in an ophthalmology residency, passed USMLE Steps I/II/III and be eligible for an Oregon Medical License.

Clinical-research fellowship

Fellows actively participate in the clinics of the faculty under direct supervision three days a week. Two days a week, the fellow will have time to pursue a clinical or translational research project. In addition, fellows will have teaching and educational opportunities. Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree and must have successfully completed at least three years of training in an ophthalmology residency. Completion of the USMLE is not required. 

Research fellowship

Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a strong interest in research in ophthalmic genetics. Completion of an ophthalmology residency is not required. 

Funding

Candidates must secure their own funding for living expenses and fees. There are many funding sources and fellowship grants for domestic candidates. Individuals interested in applying for these funding opportunities should contact us by September 1st of the year prior to anticipated start in order to meet most deadlines. Many of our candidates have successfully competed for career development awards from the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

International candidates are also encouraged to apply, but must secure their own funding prior to acceptance. Sponsoring institutions must provide funds prior to commencement of the fellowship. 

Application process

Candidates should send a current CV, a one page statement of interest describing interest in a clinical fellowship at Casey and your intended plan for funding, and 3 letters of recommendation to: 

Catie Schlechter, Division Manager 
3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, OR 97239