Cornea & Refractive Surgery Fellowship

The Storm Eye Institute Cornea & Refractive Surgery fellowship program offers one clinical Cornea and Refractive fellowship position annually. The fellow spends a majority of their time with the Program Director, Karolinne M. Rocha, M.D. assisting in the Cornea & Refractive Surgery clinic on the main campus as well as the outreach clinics in the Charleston area. This allows the fellow the opportunity to participate in clinical trials research with Dr. Rocha and her research team.

Call is divided among the Cornea Fellow, the Glaucoma Fellow and two Pediatric Fellows along with the Clinical Chief Resident with the attending physicians taking the remaining attending call. The Cornea fellow also has clinics of their own, supervised by an attending available for consultation, should the need arise. The fellow spends 1-2 days per week in the operating room. There are no weekend clinics. The fellowship program emphasizes education through experience and the fellow’s role is hands-on.

All fellows may participate in research projects at Storm Eye and are encouraged to present original work at national meetings during the year with an available travel stipend.

The Program Director hosts a monthly Cornea Journal Club for the Cornea Fellow, Cornea Research Fellow, current Cornea resident and any interested residents and attendings. The Cornea Fellow and the Cornea resident present research articles and cases for discussion. These events are designed to further the development of the Storm Eye Cornea & Refractive Fellow in their education and training.

The Cornea fellow will also participate with the Clinical Chief Resident in didactic sessions for the residents as they prepare for their annual OKAP examination. This is an excellent opportunity for the Cornea Fellow to prepare for their board examination as well as gain experience in lecturing and teaching to junior physicians.

Additionally, the fellow is expected to attend the weekly Grand Rounds sessions where attendings, residents, researchers and invited speakers present lectures. Cases are presented and the faculty and residents are questioned about diagnosis and management of complex ocular conditions. The Cornea Fellow is expected to present a few Grand Rounds presentations during the year.