Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

Supervisors

  • Dr. Nasrin Najm-Tehrani, Fellowship Director
  • Dr. Asim Ali
  • Dr. Stephen Kraft
  • Dr. Kamiar Mireskandari
  • Dr. Elise Heon
  • Dr. Michael Wan
  • Dr. Ajoy Vincent
  • Dr. Agnes Wong
  • Dr. Brenda Gallie
  • Dr. David Smith
  • Dr. Arun Reginald
  • Dr. Rajeev Muni
  • Dr. Peter Kertes
  • Dr. Ray Buncic
  • Dr. Andrew Budning
  • D. Ashwin Mallipatna

Contact Information

Dr. Nasrin Najm-Tehrani, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS Ed(Ophth), FRCSC 
Dept. of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave., Elm Wing, M158
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8
Email: Nasrin.tehrani@sickkids.ca 

Fellowship Co-ordinator
Tel: 416-813-8942
Fax: 416-813-8266
Email: ophthalmology.education@sickkids.ca

Locations
•    Hospital for Sick Children

Fellowship Objectives
1.    To provide a complete fellowship training experience in pediatric ophthalmology with surgical and clinical exposure to all disciplines within the field including strabismus (including adults), cataract, glaucoma, cornea, anterior segment disorders, oculoplastics, retinopathy of prematurity, neuro-ophthalmology, retinoblastoma, and ocular genetics (including adults).
2.    To expose training Fellows to the wide range of pediatric systemic diseases with ocular manifestations.
3.    To provide a pediatric ophthalmology research experience resulting in the publication of at least one manuscript.
4.    To offer personal and professional development as a future academically oriented pediatric ophthalmology who is active in the field, demonstrates exemplary doctor-patient/parent relationships, and ethical behaviour.

General Description
This training experience is an intense and active fellowship set in the largest pediatric center in North America for clinical care and research; in conjunction with the Residency and Fellowship Training Program of the University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology. The Fellowship is characterized by a broad exposure to clinical material and problem situations and can be tailored somewhat to fit special needs or interests of the trainee. As a major advantage compared to many other fellowship programs in paediatric ophthalmology we provide exposure to all subspecialties within pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Clinical Duties
The Fellow, appointed for a one-year term, participates in all aspects of our department, and is responsible for patient care in the Eye Clinic, in-hospital consultations, academic conferences, participation in resident training, and in research. 

Research
The Fellow is expected to complete, present and publish one or two research papers in conjunction with staff members.

Teaching
As the Fellow is expected to have completed primary horizontal strabismus surgery training, he/she will participate in more complex strabismus cases, intraocular/glaucoma surgery and oculoplastics cases as well as other advanced procedures as appropriate. The experience and education in pediatric ophthalmology is enhanced by participation in the on-call schedule as senior support to the resident staff on nights and weekends.

Vacation
3 weeks of vacation by pre-arrangement, which includes 1 week attributed to Christmas/New Year holiday or March Break. Additional week off for conferences and 5 working days for job interview leave.

Conference
1 week.

Evaluation
Fellows are evaluated formally 3 times each year (approximately every 4 months). An inquiry is sent to all staff members regarding the Fellows' performance in the 4 months prior to each review. These replies are collated by Drs. Tehrani and the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief who meet with each Fellow individually to review their performance. Fellows are also asked to complete a self-evaluation document and to include their surgical log to date, before these meetings. In addition, the Fellows are asked to complete a Program Evaluation at the end of their fellowship.

Duration
1 year.

Salary
$71,995 CAD/year.

Application Process
Contact Tanya Grossi by email (this e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or mail for application requirements. Fellowships run from July 1st to June 30th (3 spots) and January 1st to December 31st (1 spot). In person interviews are required. Deadline for applications is the second Friday in September of the year prior to beginning the Fellowship in July, or the second Friday in February of the year prior to beginning the Fellowship in January.