In addition to our excellent residency program, we are proud to offer two fellowship programs — one in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery and one in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery.
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Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery
We are proud to offer a one-year, AUPO-certified fellowship in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery. The fellowship will encompass a broad exposure to clinical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts.
The work environment at the Mason Eye Institute is welcoming and family-oriented; Columbia, Missouri is a great mid-sized urban college town, with its own regional airport and about two-hour drive to St. Louis and Kansas City.
The fellow will receive a robust surgical experience with first-hand exposure to the various and the latest Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) and angle surgery procedures (including iStent, GATT, Trab360, KDB goniotomy, Xen gel stent), as well as tubes (Valved and non-valved), trabeculectomy and bleb revision / in-office needling procedures. The fellow will also perform latest laser procedures, including CycloG6/ Micropulse cyclophotocoagulation (MpCPC), endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP), and micropulse laser trabeculoplasty (MLT).
This program will also give the fellow plenty of exposure to both routine and complex cataract surgeries, with 100+ cases anticipated, including various types of premium IOLs, with ORA and LenSx (femtosecond laser) available. The fellow will work closely with the Ophthalmology residents in clinic, and will occasionally staff resident surgery. The fellow will have an opportunity to lead autonomous clinic and OR once deemed competent.
University of Missouri is the only tertiary academic health system in Mid-Missouri with fellowship-trained glaucoma specialists, who run full-time, high-volume surgical practices and are passionate about teaching and research. The fellow will spend time with both the fellowship director, Dr. Jella An, and Dr. Krishna Shanmugam, who is dual-fellowship trained in both glaucoma and cornea surgeries. We both see 90 percent subspecialty glaucoma and anterior segment patients, and the fellow will be exposed to a wide range of glaucoma pathology and personalized treatment approach.
Mason Eye Institute has two state-of-the-art facilities that are within the city. Both sites are well equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies and fully-trained staff.
The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in clinical trials and produce a number of peer-reviewed articles if desired. The glaucoma and anterior segment fellowship at the Mason Eye Institute will produce a competent glaucoma surgeon who is well prepared for a future in either academic or private glaucoma practice.
How to apply
Interested candidates should contact the program coordinator.
Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery
This one-year, AUPO-FCC-compliant fellowship is available to one individual per year. The fellow will assume increasing responsibility for patient care under the supervision of faculty members. He or she will also participate in department research and produce numerous peer reviewed articles and/or book chapters.
The cornea and external disease fellowship is one year in duration and begins the first week of July, ending the last week of June the following year. The experience is directed primarily by Frederick (Rick) W. Fraunfelder MD, MBA, and provides broad exposure to clinical and surgical management of corneal and anterior segment disease. Clinical experience will include all aspects of the medical management of cornea and external disease including pre and post-operative care. The fellow will have up to two days of surgery per week, and he or she will have their own clinic on Fridays.
This opportunity offers a diverse and robust surgical experience with approximately 40-80 penetrating keratoplasties, 30+ endothelial keratoplasties (DMEK/DSAEK), 50+ ocular surface procedures, 10-20 refractive surgeries, and 200+ cataract extractions. The fellow will also perform a variety of trauma, burn, and anterior segment reconstruction procedures.
The majority of the fellowship will be held at Mason Eye Institute and University Eye Institute East, with up to two half-days per week taking place across the street at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. Our facilities include Mizzou Optical, departmental and research offices, a low vision room, imaging areas for photography/angiography, endothelial cell counts, topography and OCT, ultrasonography, as well as a minor procedure room and laser suite. Surgeries take place at the Missouri Center for Outpatient Surgery and Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital.
The University of Missouri School of Medicine follows the PGY scale for salary and has excellent benefits. The fellow will be allowed 15 weekdays for vacation, 5 days for conference attendance, and 12 sick days for the year.
The fellow will share in the faculty call pool for Mason Eye Institute, which occurs on a one-week rotating schedule. Attending call is typically light, but the fellow will also be expected to be available to residents in the event of an emergent corneal issue.
How to apply
Ready to come train with us? You can apply through SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Service.
Applications are due by the first week in October each year, and interviews will be held at the Mason Eye Institute during the fall.