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Can anyone rattle off the top uveitis fellowships? Or any to avoid?

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Agree that NEI is probably the best. Others that are top notch include Casey Eye Institute, UCSF / Proctor, Bascom Palmer, Jules Stein / UCLA.
 
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Which programs are retina heavy?
 

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NEI has a 1 year option (or least they did, not sure about now), but the 2-year program is more surgical
Casey is a great program also
Bascom is retina heavy with Davis/Albini
Stein is anterior segment heavy
Proctor is known for anterior uveitis but they also see a good amount of posterior pathology
All second hand information though via friends and colleagues -- apply, interview, let us know
 
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NEI has a 1 year option (or least they did, not sure about now), but the 2-year program is more surgical
Casey is a great program also
Bascom is retina heavy with Davis/Albini
Stein is anterior segment heavy
Proctor is known for anterior uveitis but they also see a good amount of posterior pathology
All second hand information though via friends and colleagues -- apply, interview, let us know

I agree with this. Also Proctor has 2 separate tracks, pure uveitis and uveitis / cornea. Bascom is heavy retina but there may be the option of also working with Victor Perez, who is cornea / uveitis.
 
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Will apply, hope to interview, will let you know :)

But I'm applying in 2016...
 

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Just want to correct one of the above statements.
There is no surgical NEI fellowship. The 2 year fellowship is medical retina/and uveitis and you work with Chew, Nussenblatt, Shen, Ferris, and Wen, and few other staff clinicians. Historically, they frown on the one year option. I suppose if you somehow had Uveitis experience elsewhere (foreign trained ophthalmologist etc), you could swing it, but its essentially a two year fellowship, which is what limits interest. On the flip side - the salary is nice (as is the training- obviously) andtheymake significant payments towards your loans while you are there. I forget the numbers. If you are seriously interested you should contact the current fellows and get updated information. My info is 1-2 years old. But since none of the major players have changed there ... I can't imagine the above info is any different.
 
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Just want to correct one of the above statements.
There is no surgical NEI fellowship. The 2 year fellowship is medical retina/and uveitis and you work with Chew, Nussenblatt, Shen, Ferris, and Wen, and few other staff clinicians. Historically, they frown on the one year option. I suppose if you somehow had Uveitis experience elsewhere (foreign trained ophthalmologist etc), you could swing it, but its essentially a two year fellowship, which is what limits interest. On the flip side - the salary is nice (as is the training- obviously) andtheymake significant payments towards your loans while you are there. I forget the numbers. If you are seriously interested you should contact the current fellows and get updated information. My info is 1-2 years old. But since none of the major players have changed there ... I can't imagine the above info is any different.
Thank you. I thought I had heard the one year is frowned upon, but I figured it was there for a reason... I wanted to pair uveitis with surgical retina so 2 years seems slightly daunting... Tho not out of the question ...
 
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Does anyone know about the fellowship in Seattle? The website has statements saying its 1 or 2 years. If anyone has info that would be great.
 

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MEEI has separate uveitis and vitreoretinal fellowships, but I believe that you get good uveitis training in the VR track, especially for posterior uveitis. Sobrin is both uveitis and retina, and they have faculty there whose specific interests are uveitis.

One thing I've discovered is that some retina folks do not like uveitis and will try to avoid it if possible, and while they are comfortable managing straight forward cases, they may refer out much more difficult cases. To me it wasn't a make-or-break deal (though I do like uveitis), but it's something to ask about if uveitis is especially one of your biggest priorities.
 
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Agree with Slide. Most programs will say they do uveitis also, but that doesn't mean they do complex uveitis. Make sure there's someone in the faculty who you will work with (if you decide not to do an extra uveitis fellowship) who does systemic therapy well beyond pred/MTX.
 
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Hey guys, just to revive his thread. I will be applying to uveitis this coming year, but since there are so few programs... Does anyone have any knowledge of medical retina programs that have strong uveitis training?
 

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Columbia under Dr Chang has had a fantastic retina + uveitis program. Also Dr Steven Foster has trained some amazing people.


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Hey guys, just to revive his thread. I will be applying to uveitis this coming year, but since there are so few programs... Does anyone have any knowledge of medical retina programs that have strong uveitis training?
Bascom Palmer (Palm Beach Gardens, not Miami): work with Janet Davis

Duke: work with Glenn Jaffe

U. Michigan: work with Susan Elner

If you are primarily interested in uveitis but want some medical retina, then apply for uveitis @ BPEI with Janet Davis and during the interview, express your desire to have some medical retina training. I know some past uveitis fellows there that have done just that.
 
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