Ocular Oncology Fellowship

The U-M Kellogg Eye Center offers both a one year clinical fellowship and a one year research fellowship in ocular oncology, a highly specialized field that deals with benign and malignant neoplasms, as well as masquerading conditions involving the ocular surface, ocular adnexae, intraocular region, and orbit in both pediatric and adult patients.

The clinical and research ocular oncology fellows will work under the direct supervision of Hakan Demirci, MD, ocular oncology program director.

This fellowship is open to international medical graduates.

Clinical Ocular Oncology Fellowship

Clinical fellows will become proficient in the diagnosis and management of ocular oncology patients, who require more complex and holistic care. The fellow will work closely with Michigan Medicine physicians and medical teams outside of ophthalmology, including those involved in the specialties of pathology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, hematology, neurology, pediatrics, otolaryngology (head, neck, skull base), and dermatology.

Due to the complexity and scope of this sub-specialty, training will be tailored to the requirements and career goals of each clinical fellow.

The University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center is a tertiary, university-based, referral hospital. The ocular oncology clinic receives referrals from comprehensive ophthalmologists and specialists in ophthalmology, including cornea or external disease, retina, oculoplastics, and pediatric ophthalmology.

Responsibilities

  • Examine, diagnose, and plan the management of surgical and non-surgical patients seen in the ocular oncology clinic
  • Examine pediatric patients under anesthesia, using indirect ophthalmoscope, B-scan ultrasonography, and RetCam
  • Assist and/or perform in-clinic procedures including, but not limited to, intravitreal/intralesional injection, laser therapy, cryotherapy, minor ocular surface and adnexal excision biopsy
  • Assist and/or perform major surgeries in the operating room
  • Take calls, as staffed by residents, on ocular oncology patients
  • Attend the weekly ophthalmology grand rounds
  • Guide and teach residents, as necessary, in the clinic, operating room, or at bedside

Research

Prior to the completion of training, the research ocular oncology fellow is required to have at least two publications in a major ophthalmology journal.

The clinical ocular oncology fellow is encouraged to have at least one publication in a major ophthalmology journal.

Benefits

The clinical fellow will receive insurance coverage through the University of Michigan Health System.

Please note, the clinical and research ocular oncology fellowships are non-funded positions. Fellows are encouraged to obtain a grant from their respective ministry of health, institution, or organization to support their participation in the12-month ocular oncology fellowship program.

Eligibility

Please note, all documents are required to be in English.

  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Photograph taken within the past 6 months
  • Medical school diploma from an accredited World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) medical school
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical license from the country of origin
  • Ophthalmology residency diploma from a 3-year residency training program
  • Must have completed USMLE steps 1, 2ck, 2cs (required for clinical fellows)
  • ECFMG certificate (required for clinical fellows to be able to perform clinical duties)
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Hakan Demirci. One of the letters must come from the department chairperson.
  • Personal statement (career goal, rationale for interest in ocular oncology)
  • Must be eligible for a J-1 visa (required for clinical fellowship)

Duration

The clinical and research fellowships are 12-month training programs with the option to extend training to 24 months. The start date is flexible and will be determined once a candidate is accepted into the training program.

Clinical Training Site

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

How to apply

To apply for the University of Michigan's Ocular Oncology Fellowship, please submit the required documents to the Donna Donato, Ocular Oncology Fellowship Program Coordinator.

Donna Donato, Ocular Oncology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 734-763-9147
Fax: 734-232-8181
donnadon@med.umich.edu

Program Director

Hakan Demirci, MD
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Email: hdemirci@med.umich.edu

Ocular Oncology Faculty

Dr. Hakan Demirci

Hakan Demirci, MD

Richard N. and Marilyn K. Witham Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director, Ocular Oncology
Academic Office: 734-764-4163
Dr. Victor Elner

Victor M. Elner, MD, PhD

Ravitz Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Department of Pathology
Academic Office: 734-764-4182
Dr. Mark Johnson

Mark W. Johnson, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-615-2479
Shannon Joseph, MD

Shannon S. Joseph, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Medical Director, Kellogg Eye Center Ambulatory Surgery Center
Medical Director, Eye Plastic, Orbital and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Ambulatory Care Unit
Academic Office: 734-936-9503
Dr. Alon Kahana

Alon Kahana, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-763-8097
Dr. Denise Kim

Denise S. Kim, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-936-9503
Dr. Shahzad Mian

Shahzad I. Mian, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Vice Chair, Clinical Sciences and Learning
Academic Office: 734-763-5506
Dr. Christine Nelson

Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS

Bartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professor in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery
Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Section
Co-director, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology
Academic Office: 734-763-5506
Dr. Kaz Soong

H. Kaz Soong, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Co-director, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology
Academic Office: 734-763-5506
Dr. Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Vice Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-763-5506