Pre-Residency Research Fellowship

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers 12 to 24 month pre-residency research fellowships to provide research opportunities and mentorship to medical school graduates seeking careers as clinician-scientists in the visual sciences.

The pre-residency program trains and mentors fellows not only for research conducted during clinical/surgical residency, but also for success as faculty members in academic institutions. 

With a longstanding tradition of excellence in vision science research, the Department offers programs in genetics, visual development, thyroid eye disease, diabetes, retinal vascular biology, and health services research, among others.  The Kellogg Eye Center is ranked 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. 

The pre-residency research fellowship is supported for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months with continued support contingent upon the scope of the project and the fellow's progress. 

Please note that the Kellogg Eye Center does not guarantee placement in our clinical residency program upon completion of the pre-residency research fellowship.

Awardees

Program Director

Shahzad I. Mian, MD
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-764-5208, 734-936-4784 (fax)
E-mail: smian@med.umich.edu

Clinical Training Site

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

To Apply

Applicants are selected by the Kellogg Eye Center Research and Residency Program Selection Committees.  Those applying must have completed an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. program from an accredited academic institution.  Research preceptors are either chosen by the applicant in advance or assigned once selected to participate in the program. 

To apply for the pre-residency research fellowship at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center please respond to the following items via an email to:  kwhitney@med.umich.edu

  1. Please provide a brief summary of your previous research experiences.
  2. What are your expectations of a pre-residency research fellowship and how can this program help you achieve your career goals?

Applicants will be considered and invited to interview for the pre-residency research fellowship based on academic achievement — with particular attention to previous research experience, publications, and letters of support.

Faculty Mentors

Dr. David Antonetti

David A. Antonetti, PhD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Office: 734-232-8230; Lab: 734-615-3821
Dr. Patrice Fort

Patrice E. Fort, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Office: 734-232-8225
Dr. Philip Gage

Philip J. Gage, PhD

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Office: 734-936-9547; Lab: 734-763-5699
Dr. Thomas Gardner

Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Internal Medicine - Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes
Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Senior Scholar, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
Associate Chair, Research
Academic Office: 734-232-8404
Dr. Alon Kahana

Alon Kahana, MD, PhD

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

Donald G. Puro, MD, PhD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Academic Office: 734-936-9503