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Medical Retinal Fellowship

The National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, is offering a post-residency clinical medical retina fellowship. The purpose is to provide a broad and extensive exposure to the medical retina as a basis for pursuing a subsequent academic career. This is a one-year fellowship, with the potential to extend to two years. It provides an opportunity to obtain both clinical and laboratory experience. Clinical training focuses on retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, various types of uveitis, and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to genetic retinopathies and maculopathies. The various treatment strategies for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, neovascular AMD, and uveitis are important aspects of the educational program. The use of retinal images (fundus photographs, fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein angiograms, high-speed indocyanine green angiograms and optical coherence tomographs) for clinical diagnosis and as outcome variables in clinical research will be emphasized in the program. Training in genetic pedigree acquisition/analysis, linkage analysis, and genotyping will be offered. The program will also include experience in diagnostic visual electrophysiology and psychophysics.

The NEI clinical program is oriented exclusively around clinical protocols, and consequently, the fellow will acquire extensive experience in principles of clinical research, including the design and execution of epidemiologic studies and controlled clinical trials. Depending on the applicant's interest the program can be expanded to include laboratory research, especially for those who are interested in an additional year of fellowship.

Faculty teaching the program include:

The fellowship will be offered yearly. Qualified applicants must have a medical degree with a valid U.S. medical license and be a graduate from an American ophthalmology residency program. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applicants interested in applying for the fellowship should submit their CV with bibliography in month/year format, personal statement, and three original letters of reference to the following individual and to the San Francisco Matching Program (

Tiarnan Keenan, M.D., Ph.D.
National Eye Institute, NIH
Building 10, Room 10D45
10 Center Drive, MSC-1204
Bethesda, MD 20892-1204
Telephone: (301) 451-6330
Fax: (301) 496-7295

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH, and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last updated: November 17, 2023