Graduate Medical Education (GME): Ophthalmic Genetics
National Institutes of Health - Frederick, MD

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Graduate Medical Education (GME): Ophthalmic Genetics
Ophthalmic Genetics Fellowship

Program Overview

Faculty

Eligibility & Application Process

Program Overview
The NEI Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch (OGVFB) offers a clinical fellowship for a 1-year period, with the possibility of further extension.

The successful candidate will train in a rich multidisciplinary clinical and basic-science research environment. He/she will participate in the care and investigation of a substantial number of patients—both children and adults—with a broad array of inherited eye disorders including inherited retinal and macula degenerations, congenital ocular malformations, genetic syndromes, and metabolic diseases that affect the eye. The candidate will learn the approach to patients and families and individuals with genetic diseases, methods of clinical molecular diagnosis, genetic counseling, visual electrophysiology, and psychophysics. Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct clinical and/or basic-science research projects related to vision in the laboratories within the NEI. He/she will also be exposed to clinical and genetic findings associated with The National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping Network (eyeGENE™).

Referrals to the Ophthalmic Genetics service come from all over the world, with about 800 patient visits per year. Clinics are held daily.

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Faculty
The clinical faculty members for the ophthalmic genetics program include:

Brian P. Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Ophthalmic Genetics Fellowship Program

Catherine A. Cukras, M.D., Ph.D.

Staff Clinician

Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Eye Institute; Chief, Laboratory for Translational Research on Retinal and Macular Degeneration

Wadih M. Zein, M.D.

Staff Clinician

Delphine Blain, Sc.M., M.B.A.

Genetic Counselor

Amy Turriff, M.S.

Genetic Counselor

Xinjing Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

In addition, the NEI has a large staff of genetics, basic-research and clinician scientists, and clinical trial specialists who interact with the clinical program:

Peter C. Colosi, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Unit on Ocular Gene Therapy

J. Fielding Hejtmancik, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Section on Ophthalmic Molecular Genetics

Yuri Sergeev, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Anand Swaroop, Ph.D.

Chief, Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration, and Repair Laboratory

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Eligibility & Application Process
The NIH offers clinical fellows a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree and have completed at least 3 years of training in ophthalmology. The deadline to submit applications is October 31. Interviews will be conducted in October and November. Fellowships begin in July of the following year. Please refer to the SF Matching Program website [ disclaimer ] to register for the match and apply to the program.

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