UTSW Pediatric Fellowship Application

Deadline 10 August

Application submission deadline: August 10

A one-year observation pediatric ophthalmology fellowship is available for one qualified Latin American ophthalmologist through the PAAO in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and its affiliated Children’s Medical Center.

The position will include the opportunity to participate in significant ongoing clinical research activities. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Applicant Qualifications

The following qualifications for a successful candidate are as follows:

  1. General ophthalmologist, age 35 years or younger, from Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean.
  2. Fluent in both written and spoken English. Candidates must have taken the TOEFL exam (or equivalent) and submit their results with their application. Mandatory: Candidates will be interviewed by telephone to gauge their English abilities.
  3. Willing to commit for one or two years of training.
  4. Completion of a recognized ophthalmology residency in Latin America.
  5. Applicants with additional training in or those currently practicing pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus will be given preference.
  6. Established medical and surgical competence.
  7. Highly recommended by chairperson and training program director.
  8. Commitment to return to Latin America at conclusion of fellowship training program
  9. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO.

UTSW Pediatric fellowship Application

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    Thank you for your interest in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Children’s Health System research fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology in Dallas, Texas, USA offered through The Pan American Ophthalmology Society. This highly competitive fellowship was begun in 2009 to offer research experience as well as opportunities for observation and teaching in Pediatric Ophthalmology exclusively to Ophthalmologists from Mexico, Central and South America, or other Latin American countries. We offer one 12-month fellowship position each year which runs from July 7 to July 6 of the following year. Applications are due August 10th of the prior year. We have recently selected our 10th consecutive fellow.


    This research fellowship is based at Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas one of the largest tertiary care Pediatric hospitals in the US. Our Pediatric Ophthalmology Service currently logs more than 20,000 outpatient visits and 2000 surgical procedures annually. Our clinical facilities include 15 completely equipped eye examination lanes, and 3 minor surgical rooms at two outpatient locations, as well as multiple inpatient and outpatient operating rooms. Our facilities include all necessary state of the art  ophthalmic  imaging modalities including anterior and posterior segment ophthalmic ultrasound , anterior and posterior segment OCT , fundus photography  and fluorescein angiography , automated visual fields well as comprehensive radiologic services including CT/MRI/PET scanning. All of which lends itself to substantial research opportunities.


    The PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology fellow works alongside our AAPOS clinical fellows as well as ophthalmology residents from the UT Southwestern ophthalmology residency program under the supervision of our full time Pediatric Ophthalmologists. Fellows will have opportunities for observation all areas of Pediatric Ophthalmology.  The fellow will be primarily involved in the ongoing research activities of the department which currently focus on the areas of strabismus and cataract outcomes. Duties will include study design and implementation, data collection and analysis, as well as poster, presentation and manuscript preparation. Former fellows have had the opportunity to present research findings at national meetings in the US including ARVO, AAO, and AAPOS as well as internationally.


    In addition, our PAAO research fellows will have the opportunity to attend our extensive local departmental conferences covering all areas of ophthalmology as well as to attend national research conferences.


    David R Weakley MD

    Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatric
    UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

    Chief clinical service of Ophthalmology

    Children’s Health Network


    UT Southwestern Medical Center


    David R Weakley, MD

    Serena X Wang, MD

    Kamel Itani, MD

    Yu-Guang He, MD

    Angeline Wang, MD

    Jess Whitson, MD

    Sukru Dogan, MD

    Robert Hogan, MD PhD


    Disclaimer: Employees of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF), members of the PAAO Executive Committee, members of the PAOF Board of Directors, their immediate family members and members of the same household, whether related or not, are not eligible to apply for scholarship/fellowship funding. All scholarships are subject to federal laws and regulations and are void where prohibited by law or regulation. Applicants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by decisions of the Review Committee which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the scholarship/fellowship. The PAAO & PAOF reserve the right to disqualify any applicant that they determine, in their sole discretion, to be ineligible to participate in the scholarship/fellowship program. Individuals who have previously received travel awards/scholarship/fellowship funding are ineligible to apply for additional awards/ funding.