Pediatrics

Focus on children and adult strabismus

The Fellowship:

Our pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus fellowship is in compliance with AUPO (Association of University Professor of Ophthalmology) and based on standards developed by the AAPOS (American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus). The fellowship is generally based on a 12 months clinical experience with some basic research exposure and can be extended another year to satisfy the career needs of the candidate. That can include more advanced research as well. Both clinical and surgical experiences are based at the IWK Health Centre for pediatric patients, as well as the Eye Care Centre of the Nova Scotia Health Authority facilities for adult strabismus.

The Faculty:

Our Dalhousie University faculty are appointed both in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the medical school, as well as in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This comprises Royal College (Canada) certified ophthalmologists with pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus, and oculo-genetic subspecialties. We also benefit from the expertise of a full complement of academic and clinical orthoptists, as well as a PhD-level visual electrophysiology service.

Our faculty

  • Dahrab, Mishari, MD, FRCSC
  • LaRoche, G. Robert, MD, FRCSC, Program Director
  • Oystreck, Darren, MMedSci, OC(C), COMT, BSc
  • Robitaille, Johane, MD, FRCSC, FAO
  • Tremblay, François, PhD

The Application and Selection:

Each year we carefully screen potential candidates based on their academic background and clinical experience. Our fellows are typically trained in general ophthalmology and familiar with basic horizontal muscle surgery. If you have completed a recognized residency program in ophthalmology, the exam of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECMFG), and you have relevant references, consider applying for our pediatric fellowship. Note that the application process is administered through the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Service. We ask that candidates apply through their website.  We also ask that candidates send their material directly to us by e-mail at Daphne.MacIsaac@iwk.nshealth.ca. Once the application deadline is reached in early October, our selection committee contacts the top candidates for interviews to take place within the following 4-6 weeks. These are in person or through distance telecommunications. We reach out to candidates with the final decision by mid-December.