First Year Experience

The ARC first year fellow will experience comprehensive medical retinal training related to examination techniques, injections therapies, imaging techniques & interpretations and various laser treatments (including photodynamic therapy (PDT), micropulse laser and transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) as applicable in patient care).

Medical retina training will be provided by a variety of faculty members serving a diverse patient population in the Phoenix area. Involvement in the care of patients with inherited retinal diseases and intraocular tumors is provided. Exposure to comprehensive electrophysiologic testing is provided (including ERG, mERG, VEP, perimetry, genetic testing/counseling, etc.).

In addition to complete medical retina training, the first year fellow can expect to participate weekly in a variety of surgical retinal procedures and cases. Surgical opportunities are provided in the private ASC setting as well as in the hospital-based operating room at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Again, a variety of faculty members will be involved with the surgical education of our first year fellows. Direct supervision and guidance is provided to ensure that each surgical experience provides detailed feedback and assistance to the fellow.