Medical retina fellow works with a patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Medical Retina Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides broad exposure to medical diseases of the retina. During the fellowship, you diagnose and treat common as well as rare conditions encountered in a retinal practice.

Your experiences include providing care for patients with:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Retinal vascular diseases
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Posterior segment tumors
  • Uveitis
  • Retinal degenerations

You acquire skills in procedures including:

  • Intravitreal injections
  • Intravitreal implants
  • Laser photocoagulation: panretinal, focal, slit lamp, and indirect
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cryotherapy

Furthermore, you gain proficiency in the interpretation of fluorescein angiograms, indocyanine green angiography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, A and B scan ultrasonography, microperimetry, and retinal electrodiagnostic studies.

Accreditation and certification

Since the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have not officially defined any subspecialty areas in ophthalmology, no fellowship can be ACGME accredited, nor can it lead to official certification of the individuals trained.

Program history

The Medical Retina Fellowship began in 2015. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually.

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Campus and community

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Stipend and benefits