The European Glaucoma Society Fellowship and Observership Programmes
Fellowship
A fellowship is considered to be a continuous period (minimum 1 year) of clinical, with the possibility of surgical training, or research focused in the field of glaucoma. It encompasses the intensive training and development of advanced skills in glaucoma care based upon the EGS curriculum as well as active and reflective learning through reading and constant updating of theoretical and clinical knowledge. It also allows opportunities to gain insight into the professional and administrative leadership of a glaucoma service as well as health services research and training for leading a sustainable glaucoma unit. This training period is supervised by a competent trainer (Faculty Member) who provides guidance and regular feedback in an EGS approved training centre.

The EGS acknowledges two main types of fellowships divided further each in two subgroups.

1) Clinical Fellowship
a) Medical and surgical Fellowship; This fellowship offers focused training in diagnosis, medical therapy, laser therapy and follow-up of glaucoma patients. In addition to detailed knowledge of surgical indications, procedures, complications and follow-up it provides surgical training and experience in glaucoma including cataract surgery. Research activities are desirable and are integrated to interact with clinical training and to support the fellowship program and a better understanding of the evidence based knowledge in supporting clinical practice. However, time dedicated to research should not exceed 20% of fellows work time.
Goal: After completion of the fellowship period the fellow should ideally be able to safely and independently manage a glaucoma clinic and be able to perform various types of glaucoma surgeries safely and independently.

b)

Medical Fellowship: in some European centres only medical activity (as opposed to surgery) is allowed for fellows who did not obtain the national diploma in the country within which the fellowship is provided. Although actual surgical experience is not included, detailed knowledge of surgical indications, procedures, complications and follow-up constitutes an important and active part of the training process. Research activities are desirable and are integrated to interact with clinical training and to support the fellowship program and a better understanding of the evidence based knowledge in supporting clinical practice. However, time dedicated to research should not exceed 20% of fellows work time.
Goal: After completion of the fellowship period the fellow should ideally be able to safely and independently manage a medical glaucoma service including laser procedures.

2) Research Fellowship
a) “Clinical Research” Fellowship; activities in clinical research projects; the fellow is entitled to review medical data and to examine patients within a given clinical research project. Part of his/her time (50%) can be dedicated to the outpatient clinic to further develop clinical skills. The centre does not need to provide surgical or laser training.he evidence based knowledge in supporting clinical practice. However, time dedicated to research should not exceed 20% of fellows work time.
Goal: After completion of the fellowship period the fellow should be able to design, organize and independently conduct a clinical research project.

b)

“Basic Science Research” fellowship; this activity is linked to a basic research laboratory with no clinical component. The fellow can either join a pre-existent project or start a new basic science project.
Goal: After completion of the fellowship the candidate should be able to analyse all or part of the results for scientific publications, presentations at meetings or other.

Requirements for candidates
  • A completed residency program
  • Recognized diploma in Ophthalmology
  • Title of ‘specialist’ in his /her own country
  • EBO-Diploma (not mandatory)
  • Fluent in English
  • Knowledge of the local language is mandatory for clinical fellowships

Observership
Observership is a 1- to 6-month attendance within a glaucoma department with the possibility to follow consultants and their teams in daily clinical and surgical work on a full-time basis. Visiting ophthalmologists cannot treat patients and the person in charge of the observership delivers a certificate of attendance at the end of the visiting period.
Goal: To gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, aetiology, pathogenesis and management of various types glaucoma while observing in clinic and theatre.

Requirements for candidates
  • A completed or current (in the final year) residency program
  • Recognized or working towards a diploma in Ophthalmology
  • EBO-Diploma (not mandatory)
  • Fluent in English

Application for a fellowship or Observership
  • Letter of motivation
  • Current CV
  • Letter of recommendation from the candidate’s hospital or institution
  • Filled EGS evaluation form
  • For surgical fellowship: log-book with numbers and types of surgery performed prior to the fellowship


Find out more about the EGS Fellowship Grant and the EGS Observership Grant



back to top