The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers clinical fellowships in Retina and Glaucoma. Both fellowships offer an active hands-on role in teaching, health care delivery, and research.
University of Alberta, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Serving a population of 1.5 million people, it provides ophthalmic care to much of Northern Canada. The department is located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and features 5 operating theatres, 16 examination lanes, at a 24 bed in-patient unit.
A Fellow is a post-medical doctor trainee who is pursuing further clinical or research training in their specialty. The educational goals of both the applicant and the faculty members offering the fellowship should be met.
Upon successful completion of the fellowship, the candidate will be presented with a certificate of recognition of their achievement. Please note our Fellowship Program is currently not evaluated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The Fellowship generally runs from July 1 to June 30 and can be a 1 to 2 year agreement. The Fellowship is non-funded. On occasion, research grants or sponsorship, may help fund the Fellowship. Shorter periods of Fellowship may be considered on a case by case situation.
Retina Fellowship (2 years)
Alberta Retina Consultants (ARC) is a private vitreoretinal practice affiliated with the University of Alberta. There are approximately 2000 vitreoretinal surgical cases performed by the physicians at ARC on an annual basis. A greater number of lasers, intravitreal injections are also performed both at the hospital and in the clinic.
The vitreoretinal surgeons at ARC are all fellowship trained with graduates from Louisiana State University, Wilmer Eye Institute, Wills Eye Hospital, University of British Columbia and Iowa University. There are approximately 2000 vitreoretinal surgical cases performed by the physicians at ARC on an annual basis. A greater number of lasers, intravitreal injections are also performed both at the hospital and in the clinic.
The ARC private office features 9 examining lanes, 3 injection rooms and 2 laser rooms. The office is equipped with state of the art equipment including: 3 Heidelberg OCTs, 1 B Scan, 1 Pascal laser, 1 YAG, and one additional argon laser. The office is situated a short distance from the hospital.
Retina Fellowship Objectives and Duties
Glaucoma Fellowship (1 year)
The Eye Institute of Alberta (EIA) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital consists of the outpatient unit, inpatient unit, surgery unit and administration area. Ophthalmologists provide eye care services to patients from Edmonton, as well as Northern Alberta (Red Deer onwards), Northern BC, Northern Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. The EIA is also a University of Alberta teaching facility that trains residents and fellows to become eye specialists. Over 40,000 patient visits, tests, laser procedures and minor surgeries occur each year. Special facilities for glaucoma and visual field testing are located beside the inpatient unit.
This clinical and research training fellowship focuses on providing the best possible advanced training/experience for the diagnosis and the medical and surgical management of glaucoma.
Locations that this fellowship will utilize are Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta Hospital and Harvest Building Office Practice.
Glaucoma Fellowship Objectives and Duties