The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium (CEHC) clinical fellowships programme is offering both long-term (one-year) fellowships and short-term (three-month) attachments to ophthalmologists from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Through the enhancement of sub-specialty knowledge and skills and the delivery of high quality eye care, Commonwealth fellows can return to more effectively relieve the burden of blindness in their own countries.
The consortium anticipates offering 12 one-year fellowships per year and 8 three-month attachments per year (totalling 60 one-year fellowships and 40 three-month attachments over a 5 year period) – the exact numbers and months of duration will be tailored to the needs of trainees and the available institutional training schedules.
The following institutions are offering clinical fellowships through the Consortium:
- Aravind Eye Hospital, India: One-year fellowships in Cornea, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Retina and IOL are offered in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Pondicherry.
- Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital, Bangladesh: Both long term fellowships and short term attachments in Cornea/Anterior Segment, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Glaucoma and Retina.
- L V Prasad Eye Institute, India: Long term fellowships (currently 15 months) and short term attachments are offered in Cornea/Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Retina and Vitreous, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastic surgery, Orbit and Ocular Oncology and Low Vision.
- HV Desai Eye Hospital, India: Short term attachments are offered in Medical Retina, Vitreo Retina, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Low Vision.
- Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK: Short term ‘observerships’ for two month periods.
- The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia in conjunction with the Centre for Eye Research: Available fellowships / attachments to be confirmed.
- Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore: One year fellowships in Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataract, Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastics, Cornea and Neuro-ophthalmology
- University Hospital Cape Town, South Africa: One year fellowships in Surgical Retina and Paediatric Ophthalmology.
- University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa: One year fellowships in Medical Retina and Surgical Retina.
- VISION 2020 LINKS programme: 2 to 3 month short-term observerships through the UK LINK partner as agreed by both LINK institutions.
We are targeting ophthalmologists who have trained in general ophthalmology and who wish to develop subspecialty expertise which can be put to good use on their return to their institution. Optometrists may apply for a fellowship in Low Vision.
Applicants will only be selected from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries where there is a demonstrable need for enhanced eye-care.
For more information and contact details, please visit: http://cehc.lshtm.ac.uk/clinical-fellows/