Second Year Experience

The ARC second year fellow will largely build on the surgical experiences of their first year and progress toward more advance vitreo-retinal techniques and case selection.

As the first year experience has provided such comprehensive medical training, the second year experience is mostly surgical. Medical training will continue through a fellow-oriented medical retina clinic at Maricopa Integrated Health System and will serve as an opportunity for the fellow to establish their own practice patterns while still receiving the support and available guidance of faculty members in the clinic.

Surgical experience will again occur in the private ASC setting with one half-day of surgery time in the operating room at Maricopa Integrated Health System. All surgical cases involve an ARC faculty member and again are fully supervised in order to provide the fellow with appropriate feedback.

A diverse faculty and patient population will provide a wide range of surgical cases. The second year fellow can expect to be exposed to and master surgical cases such as:

  • Macular hole/epiretinal membrane surgery
  • Scleral buckling techniques
  • Complex retinal detachment & PVR treatment
  • Fixation techniques for secondary IOL placement
  • Retained lens material/Lensectomy techniques
  • IOL dislocation
  • Pediatric retinal surgery & ROP surgery (as applicable)
  • Plaque brachytherapy surgery
  • Trans-scleral choroidal biopsy
  • Complex diabetic retinopathy surgery
  • Tractional retinal detachment repair
  • Intraocular foreign body management
  • Management of post-traumatic vitreo-retinal injury
  • Pneumatic retinopexy

The second year fellow will receive comprehensive pediatric retinal surgery training and training in the treatment of intraocular tumors is available to incorporate into their broad surgical training.

By the completion of the second year, our fellows will have received the necessary medical and surgical training in order to function as a highly effective medical clinician and skilled vitreo-retinal surgeon. Our fellows have entered practice in the private setting and the academic realm; succeeding in either environment.

Please visit www.sfmatch.org to apply through the Central Application Service. For more information about ARC’s Fellowship Program, contact Patty Baeza at (602) 242-4928 Ext. 114 or by email at PattyB@associatedretina.com.