Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Department of Neurology


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Program Director: Victoria Pelak, M.D.

 

Dear Applicants,

We are excited that you have landed on our pages for Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship. The University of Colorado offers a one-year AUPO FCC compliant Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship for qualified physicians who have completed residency training in Neurology or Ophthalmology. Our fellowship is uniquely positioned to provide training with Neurology- and Ophthalmology-trained faculty members who have been recognized for their contributions to teaching, clinical care, and research activities. The fellowship is jointly offered by the Department of Neurology and the  Department of Ophthalmology with tremendous opportunities to interact with fellows, residents, and faculty in both programs. Our core faculty members are Victoria Pelak, MD (Fellowship Director); Jeffrey Bennett, MD, PhD; and Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD (Neuro-Ophthalmology Chief). Fellows in the Neuro-Ophthalmology will be appointed as clinical instructors in Neurology and Ophthalmology. Outpatient clinical activity takes place in the UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, which is headquartered in the 135,000-square-foot Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute  on the Anschutz Medical Campus. A graduate of the Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship program will be exceptionally well-prepared to diagnose and manage all aspects of neuro-ophthalmic conditions. The presence of Ophthalmology-trained and Neurology-trained core faculty gives fellows a comprehensive exposure to all aspects of Neuro-ophthalmology. Our program’s curriculum philosophy is centered around our goal to prepare you for the next step in your career, and with that in mind, we will design rotations in clinics that enhance your experience in Neuro-ophthalmology. Prior fellows have chosen a variety of opportunities such as rotating in clinics of neuro-immunology, uveitis, and headache. For ophthalmologists, you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in neuro-ophthalmology procedures (optic nerve sheath fenestration, temporal artery biopsy, botulinum toxin injections, lumbar puncture), strabismus, and orbital and skull-based surgeries. For neurologists, we can provide opportunities for observation of surgeries and help you maintain skills in procedures such as botulinum toxin injection and lumbar puncture. We look forward to meeting you and until that time, please explore virtual introductions to our campus using the links below.

Sincerely,

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Victoria S. Pelak, MD

Please click below for virtual introductions to our campus and to the Fellowship and Residency experiences: 

Experience CU Graduate Medical Programs
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Virtual Tour
Anschutz Medical Campus Breakthrough (including Dr. Naresh Mandava, Chair of Ophthalmology)

 

Eligibility Criteria:

 

Applicants for this fellowship program must:

  1. Be eligible for full University of Colorado Hospital credentialing.
  2. Meet *requirements to obtain a Colorado medical license prior to the start of the fellowship.
  3. Complete a residency in neurology or ophthalmology prior to the start of fellowship.
  4. Be board-certified or board-eligible in neurology and/or ophthalmology.

Application Information:

 

Applications for the Neuro-Ophthalmology program are received on a rolling basis and interviews are offered as qualified candidates are reviewed until the position has been filled.

 

Fellowship Application Status

 

2019-2020 – Fellowship position filled

2020-2021 – Fellowship position open

2021-2022 – Fellowship position open

 

Please include in your application:

  1. Intent to Apply Form
  2. CV
  3. Personal Statement
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation(one must be from current/former residency program director or equivalent)
  5. USMLE/COMLEX Scores (1,2, and 3)
  6. ECFMG certification (if applicable)​​

*Requirements and criteria for a Colorado Medical License can be foud on the Department of Regulatory Agencies page: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Physician_Licensing_Requirements#Qualifications