This Fellowship fulfills the requirements of and has been approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. (ASOPRS).
Office responsibilities involve all aspects of functional and cosmetic oculoplastic pre-operative and post-operative care. The Fellow assists the preceptors in surgery at several hospitals and clinics. Pre- and post-operative patient evaluation occurs largely during office sessions at the University Station Clinic, UW Transformations, the Davis Duehr Dean Clinic, and occasionally at Lemke Facial Surgery. An ophthalmic plastic surgery clinic at the Madison Veterans Administration Hospital is staffed monthly by the Fellow.
The Fellowship begins with an intense exposure to ophthalmic facial plastic surgery. After this core experience, exposure is possible in plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, ENT/facial plastic surgery, dermatology, Mohs surgery and neuro-imaging. Experience in orbital pathology and prosthetics is also available. Time is allowed for orbital dissection (cadavers) and for work on the Fellow’s ASOPRS thesis and other academic projects. Away rotations are possible on a limited basis during the second year of the fellowship. Extra funding for away rotations cannot be provided at the present time.
The Fellow is actively involved in resident teaching, both in the clinic and in the operating room in preparation for academic endeavors following completion of the Fellowship. The Fellow gives a number of lectures to the residents and staff. The Fellow helps organize annual skills transfer courses in the basic principles in oculofacial plastic surgery for resident ophthalmologists and other surgeons in practice. Surgical oculoplastics teaching at the Veterans Hospital is part of the Fellow’s responsibility. The Fellow should develop expertise with the oculofacial literature and is asked occasionally to discuss articles at department journal club meetings.
In further preparation for teaching responsibilities following the Fellowship, the past Fellows have built large clinical photography collections. The Program Director and faculty emphasize photography in their practices. Principles of effective clinical photography are stressed.
University of Wisconsin Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery Fellows share in a rich tradition of clinical excellence, scholarship and academic productivity. High surgical volume and a scholarly approach to patient care provide excellent opportunities for clinical studies. Numerous important advances in orbital, adnexal and facial anatomy have resulted from Fellows’ research, often in collaboration with other investigators. Many of these studies have been recognized by ASOPRS and AACS with various national awards. UW Ophthalmic Facial Plastics Fellows are energetic and actively generate publications and chapters during Fellowship. Most Fellows go on to active participation in part-time or full-time academic positions.
The Program Director and faculty are fully committed to the Fellow’s training and strive to produce the finest fellowship experience available in ophthalmic facial plastic surgery. Very high expectations for performance are balanced by a supportive and collegial environment. Prior UW Ophthalmic Facial Plastics Fellows enjoy ongoing friendships and collaboration. This includes a yearly Fellowship gathering (White Coat Society Dinner) during the AAO meeting.
All previous fellows and other honorary associates become members of the “White Coat Society.” Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow receives the official symbol of graduation – the White Coat. This is a long-standing, and time-honored, tradition of the University of Wisconsin Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship, in which a unique white coat is bestowed upon the graduating fellow. Each fellow wears this hard-earned symbol with pride!
At the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting each year, we lead a practical anatomy and surgical techniques skills transfer course, one of the longest-running courses at the AAO meeting. We also look forward to the annual White Coat Society dinner, a wonderful time to visit with each other and reconnect. We have also been fortunate to have had many international fellows and visitors associated with our fellowship program, and we continue to be proud of our expanding family all over the world.
- Director: Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS
- Preceptors: Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS; Cat Burkat, MD, FACS; Richard K. Dortzbach, MD (Emeritus); Suzanne van Landingham, MD; Bradley Lemke, MD, FACS; John Rose Jr., MD, MBA;
- Length of Fellowship: 2 years
- Number of Fellowships per year: 1/year for a two year term
- Start date: July 1
- Application deadline: April 1
- Actively Involved in Resident Education: Yes
- Research Required: Yes
- Block Time Assigned to Research: Yes
- Clinical Training Sites: University Station Clinic (Primary); UWHC OR; William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital; SSM Health Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s Ambulatory Surgery Center; SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
Questions? Contact Oculofacial Administrative Coordinator: Allie Lippitt at 608-263-4832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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