Program Description

The pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is a one year program based at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The fellowship is fully accredited by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. The Eye Center is Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical eye unit.

Length of Fellowship

1 year

Number of positions per year


Starting Date

Approx. July 7

Application deadline

Visit to apply 


Yes- PGY5 scale
WUSTL- Stipend Scale

Actively involved in resident education


Research required


Block time assigned to research

10% of time

Address (for supplemental Items)

Washington University
Ophthalmology Fellowship Coordinator
Attn: Amy Jones
Box 8096
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis MO 63110
Tel: (314) 362-5722
To complete your application,
please send a photo and COMPLETE medical school transcript to the Fellowship Coordinator.

More about the program

The Eye Center Services:

The surgical practice is high volume, providing a varied and extensive experience for fellows and residents in the following disorders:

  • childhood and adult strabismus
  • pediatric glaucoma
  • developmental cataracts
  • pediatric refractive surgery
  • diseases of the lacrimal system
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • retinoblastoma
  • ptosis/oculoplastic/orbital disorders
  • pediatric neuro-ophthalmic disorders
  • pediatric eye trauma

The Eye Center also houses:

  • an Infant Electrophysiology and Eye Movement Laboratory
  • video and photography center

Opportunities are available for laboratory studies of strabismus monkeys in the McDonnell Science Building.

The Eye Center participates in the:

  • Craniofacial Deformities Team
  • Neurofibromatosis Team
  • Downs Syndrome Clinic
  • Cerebral Palsy Center

Attending ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthopists, fellows, residents and medical students in the Eye Center meet in a weekly Pediatric Ophthalmology Conference. The session includes reviews of pertinent literature, case presentations, and oral quizzes. A combined Pediatric Ophthalmology/ Neuroradiology Conference convenes once a month to review imaging studies of the brain and orbit obtained from our Eye Center children.

Fellows in pediatric ophthalmology are encouraged to design, complete and present a clinical research project during their year at the Center, for presentation at the annual AAPOS meeting. Those who wish to complete a separate basic science/research fellowship will spend approximately 50% of time with clinical or surgical responsibilities, and 50% of time in the laboratory. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Grand Rounds are held weekly in the adjacent Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, and include lectures from research faculty members, clinical faculty members, and case presentations. The Department of Ophthalmology also hosts a monthly journal club.

Clinical Fellows in pediatric ophthalmology who are graduates of residency programs in the United States or Canada receive a PGY 5 stipend per year, and must obtain a permanent license to practice medicine from the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.

All International Medical Graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and provide evidence of having completed three (3) years postgraduate training in a program which is approved and accredited to teach post-graduate medical education by the Accreditation Counsel on Graduate Medical Education of the AMA in one (1) recognized specialty area of medicine. These requirements must be met before applying for the clinical fellowship position.

This program requires a ‘Restrictive Covenant’ limiting the geographic options for future practice.