Fellowship Program in Ophthalmology

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Ophthalmology is one of the fastest-growing specialties in the medical field. The need for subspecialties in ophthalmology has increased with the increasing awareness of patients. If you are planning to pursue a fellowship in ophthalmology, you should clear out what subspecialty you want to pursue. This blog will help you to ease up your process of getting into a fellowship at the hospital of your choice.

Feb 2
Dr. Sandip Patel
Founder & CEO, Docthub.com

Ophthalmology is one of the fastest-growing specialties in the medical field. The recent technological advancement has made it easier to perform complex surgeries quickly and with higher chances of success. 

With the increasing awareness among patients, the need for subspeciality has also increased. The dedicated eye hospital and super-specialist fraternity have also boosted the need for subspecialties in ophthalmology. It is hard to develop subspeciality and focus on patients’ satiation when you are seeing a considerable number of patients in a day. So, you need to enter into an area where you can practice the subspecialty of your choice and focus on it.

If you are planning to pursue a fellowship in ophthalmology, you need to clear out the following things first

What subspecialty do you want to pursue?

There are several subspecialties available in ophthalmology, first, you need to select which one you want to go with

Ophthalmology subspecialties practices

  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Retina surgery
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Cornea surgery
  • Squint surgery
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Ocular oncology
  • Ocular trauma
  • Ocular genetics
  • Neurologic ophthalmology

Where do you want to practice?

You need to figure out a couple of things before you finalize the place where you want to practice. First and foremost, you must decide your subspeciality and accordingly the place of your choice. Selecting a metro city will work for you as an advantage here, as you’ll be able to practice with a larger number of audiences.

Ask yourself the following questions

  • Do you want to pursue your fellowship in a metro city or a small town?
  • Do you want to work in a medical college, a private hospital, or a charitable hospital?
  • Whether you want a salaried job or you want to work for several hospitals?

How to pursue?

The current scenario of getting a fellowship in ophthalmology or any other discipline works in this form of pattern.

First, you finish your - MD/DNB/DOMS/PDCET

Then you look for opportunities as a Senior resident/Associate consultant/Consultant in a dedicated eye care hospital 

Here comes the real challenge, finding the right hospital which offers the subspeciality you want to pursue from a large number of hospitals can be a difficult task.

To ease your task, you can use Docthub.com

Docthub.com allows you to filter specialties as per your requirement and look for available fellowships all over the country.

Fraternity recognition

Various national and international societies work for the development of such subspecialties and provide the required environment, training, mentorship, and different academic activities of the ophthalmology discipline. You can reach out to them for guidance.

  • Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmological Society of India (SPOSI)
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
  • European Society of Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Specialties (EuCornea)
  • International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO)
  • Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI)
  • Ocular Trauma Society of India (OTSI)
  • International Society of Ocular Trauma (ISOT)
  • Scientific association Retinoblastoma and Ocular Oncology (ASROO)
  • United Kingdom Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (UKNOS)
  • International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma

You can learn more about Healthcare courses and find the college/institute that suits you the best by visiting courses.docthub.com

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