Vitreoretina and Clinical Research fellowship at Standard Chartered- Shroff’s Charity Eye Care Academy consist of two and half years of post-residency training in various aspects of medical and surgical retina along with clinical research in the initial six months.
Clinical research fellowship for six months gives an exposure to write study proposals, conduct prospective and retrospective studies, case reports and be a part of various ongoing clinical trials.
The fellow will be posted in the out-patient department to examine patients of medical and surgical retina thereby helping to learn the art of diagnosis and decision making. One will be trained to perform, interpret and later teach the following procedures in the out-patient department: indirect ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, optical coherence, tomography(OCT), OCT-angiography, fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), autofluorescence(AF), indocyanine angiography(ICG), laser photocoagulation, ultrasound B scan, ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). The decision making and the procedure of performing intravitreal injections will be mastered during the fellowship.
The fellow gets to observe and perform various surgeries (under supervision) such as scleral buckling(SB) and pars plana vitrectomy(PPV) for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, endophthalmitis, macular hole, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membrane etc. Each surgical case is recorded digitally in high definition for teaching and presentation purposes.
It is expected that the fellow has mastered all OPD procedures including intravitreal injections and basic vitreoretinal surgeries such as PPV for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, nucleus drop removal, endophthalmitis etc.
Fellows will participate in morning rounds and informal discussions during clinics. Fellows, on a monthly basis, will do cases presentations and Journal Clubs. Fellows are expected to initiate and complete an independent investigative clinical project and to present their results at a national meeting and publish in a peer reviewed journal. They will also participate in data collection and patient care related to ongoing clinical trials.
The fellowship aims at creating a trained vitreoretinal specialist who shall be confident in the basics of various aspects of medical and surgical retina through strong academic program along with teaching and supervision by experienced consultants.