Build your experience

Each year, we take one clinical student into our glaucoma fellowship. If you’re the successful applicant, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive learning opportunity on clinical, surgical and research issues in glaucoma.

Although the program is usually only one year long, we will consider arranging a two-year fellowship if you’re interested in a more extensive research experience.

During your first year, you’ll spend about a third of your time in glaucoma clinics and the surgical suite, and the rest of your time will be spent on research. You’ll also teach residents and medical students, and present during the department's Research Day, and at national and international meetings.

Application & selection process

If you’re working on or have completed at least three years of residency training in ophthalmology, consider applying for this fellowship. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact one of the following members of our Glaucoma Group, at least one year before the fellowship’s expected start date:

  • Dr. Balwantray Chauhan, PhD
  • Dr. Marcelo Nicolela, MD
  • Dr. Paul Rafuse, MD, PhD
  • Dr. Lesya Shuba, MD, PhD

Step 2: By September of the year before the fellowship begins, please send us:

  • a one-page essay explaining your goals with the glaucoma fellowship and why you want to pursue a fellowship at our institution
  • an updated Curriculum Vitae
  • three referral letters written by individuals who are or were involved with your training period or with your professional career as an ophthalmologist

Step 3: Please mail all documents to:

Dr. Marcelo Nicolela
Fellowship Director
Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Science
2W Victoria Building, Room 2035
1276 South Park Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 2Y9

Step 4: Wait for our group members to decide on the successful applicant. We will notify you of our decision by the end of the year prior to starting the fellowship—no later than November 30th.