Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Curriculum


Akron Children's pediatric ophthalmology fellowship is one academic year (July 1 to June 30). The fellow is credentialed as junior staff and participates directly in and has a supervisory role of an ophthalmology clinic with ophthalmology residents.

Fellow will also participate in attending call, supervise hospital and emergency room consults, and assist with organization of surgical participation and outpatient clinical care.

Fellows will be required to organize pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus journal clubs and participate in a clinical or basic science research project with the intent of finishing the project within a year after their fellowship period.

Clinical Care

Akron Children’s department of Ophthalmology is responsible for hundreds of outpatient visits, multiple and varied operations, weekly retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) evaluation and treatment, regular ER visits and hospital consultations. Our patient activity, under the supervision of multiple staff, is the strength of our clinical fellowship program. 

Fellows will participate in multiple, regularly occurring specialty clinics, including craniofacial, nystagmus, retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics.


Educational activities are the daily part of fellow activity. Ophthalmology residents as well as occasional pediatric residents and medical, graduate, undergraduate and optometry students are present in Akron Children's Vision Center. All surgical procedures have staff attendance. Journal club, medical student and resident lectures, and Summa's ophthalmology weekly grand rounds are all fellow activities.


Our department has a very active clinical and basic science research service. We participate in multi-center trials in ROP, amblyopia, myopia and glaucoma. Fundamental investigations of the developing visual and ocular motor system will be carried out by departmental personnel at the laboratory of visual and ocular motor physiology with the help of undergraduate, graduate, medical students and residents using highly sophisticated electrophysiological and diagnostic techniques.


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