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Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

If you're looking for an enriching and diverse pediatric ophthalmology training experience, we offer a 1-year Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship in collaboration with Summa Health System and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Our program is approved and supervised by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Our goal is to provide you with robust clinical training in ocular and visual system disorders in infants, children and teens, as well as eye movement disorders and strabismus in adults. As a fellow, you will supervise and instruct students and residents, and participate in administrative aspects of medical care. You will also participate in clinical and basic science research. 

As a fellow, you will be credentialed as junior staff and participate directly in and have a supervisory role of an ophthalmology clinic with ophthalmology residents. You will also participate in attending call, supervise hospital and ER consults, and assist with the organization of surgical participation and outpatient clinical care.

You 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 your fellowship period.

Clinical Care

Our department of ophthalmology is responsible for hundreds of outpatient visits, multiple and varied operations, weekly retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) evaluation and treatment, regular ED visits and hospital consultations. As a fellow, you will participate in multiple, regularly occurring specialty clinics, including craniofacial, nystagmus, retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics.


Educational activities occur daily and include journal club, medical student and resident lectures and Summa Health's ophthalmology weekly grand rounds. Staff attend all surgical procedures.


Our vision center has an active clinical and basic science service. We participate in multi-center trials in ROP, amblyopia, myopia and glaucoma. Fundamental investigations of the developing visual and ocular motor system are carried out by department staff at the laboratory of visual and ocular motor physiology with electrophysiological and diagnostic techniques.


Our goals are to:

  • Train fellows to provide quality medical and surgical eye care for children, and adults with strabismus and ocular motility disorders
  • Prepare fellows interested in an academic career with skills in research activity, funding applications, teaching and program development in pediatric ophthalmology
  • Prepare fellows interested in community pediatric ophthalmology with skills in pediatric eye care consultation and service, as well as private office economics and general infrastructure

Richard Hertle, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Director
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308


(Effective July 1, 2019)

PL-4 – $65,688

PL-5 – $67,249

PL-6 -- $69,069



House offices are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.


Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.


Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.


Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.


Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.


Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.


Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.



A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.


Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.



Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.


Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.


Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

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