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  Training Program - Ophthalmology

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The Faculty at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and highest quality training in Pediatric Ophthalmology available anywhere. Building on a rich tradition the current faculty represents extensive and wide-ranging experience in all facets of pediatric ophthalmology. 

Mohamad S. Jaafar, M.D. – Chief 

William P. Madigan, M.D. – Vice-Chief and Fellowship Director

Marijean M. Miller, M.D. – Director for Retinopathy of Prematurity 

Kelly A. Hutcheson, M.D. - Director for Academics and Research

Marlet G. Bazemore, M.D.

Jonathan Taylormoore, M.D.

Brian P. Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.

In addition to the standard pediatric ophthalmology clinics, experienced subspecialists from the voluntary faculty will hold monthly clinics in which you will participate in Pediatric Retina, Pediatric Orbit and Oculoplastics and in Genetics (we are fortunate to have one of a handful of Ophthalmologists nationwide who are also Board certified in Genetics- Dr Brian Brooks). The Division is well staffed with support personnel which includes four orthoptists, an ophthalmic technician/medical photographer and a dedicated Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who will insure the complete range of specialized testing, such as OCT, ERG, HVF, and Photography, are available to enhance your education. We operate in the Main Hospital’s operating room as well as Children’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). Surgery that you will participate in will include the complete range of strabismus, to include horizontal, vertical and oblique muscles, adjustable suture technique, as well as complex cataract/IOL, glaucoma, orbit and oculoplastics cases. CNMC has a very active NICU and we have a world class ROP program under the leadership of Dr Marijean Miller.

There will be many research opportunities and you will have assigned time in your rotations to work on research projects. The entire faculty is dedicated to mentoring our fellows. We encourage the fellows to publish, at least one paper each. Dr Kelly Hutcheson provides experience and leadership in all the academic and research pursuits.

We are the largest and oldest fellowship program in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Our fellows find that having three fellows working together constitutes a critical mass that provides for a wonderful camaraderie and professional interaction which further enhances their education as well as their overall experience. Each year we offer three fellowship positions: two to US/Canadian graduates and one preferably to a qualified international candidate committed to return to his/her home country.

Washington D.C is an exciting community in which to live and work, with many cultural and recreational opportunities. It is also an area rich with ophthalmic educational opportunities which we incorporate into your fellowship experience. Besides the Monthly Division of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds at CNMC you will also attend the monthly Walter Reed Pediatric Ophthalmology Conference, which has patients referred from around the world for evaluation and treatment, and the combined George Washington University/Uniformed Services University Monthly Grand Rounds. The National Eye Institute, with their world class Uveitis service, is available to us for consultation, meetings and coordinated care of patients. Journal Clubs take advantage of internationally known guest speakers in our specialty who practice in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and throughout the country.

As a graduate of the CNMC Fellowship you will be eligible for membership in the Costenbader Society and will be able to attend the annual meeting as a Fellow. In addition, you will attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the Wills Pediatric Ophthalmology Day in Philadelphia and either a Board Review Course or the Annual Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Course in Ophthalmology. The Costenbader Society also makes available two unique educational experiences for our Fellows. Each year internationally recognized specialists visit our program as the Angeline Parks Visiting Professor and as the Distinguished Alumni Visiting Professor. These are excellent opportunities to spend two days (including a small private dinner) with leading figures in our profession.

It is our goal to provide you a busy, rewarding year in which you will experience tremendous growth and satisfaction and that will leave you confident and prepared to handle all facets of Pediatric Ophthalmology patients.


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