global ophthalmology fellowship

Ghazala A. OíKeefe, MD, with patient

Global Ophthalmology Emory (GO-E) Fellowship


Jacquelyn O’Banion, MD, MSc, Director, GO-Emory and Fellowship Director
Jane Kuhlenbeck, Project Coordinator

Fellowship Applicants

**Key Dates
10/01/20: Deadline for application
12/10/20: Rank list submission due
12/17/20: Results released

** Register through SF Match

Fellowship Program Overview

Fellowship flyer

GO-Emory offers an exciting and customizable fellowship to interested American ophthalmologists.  We are committed to improving access to eye care both in Georgia and internationally by applying public health principles to the delivery of eye care for those most in need.  GO-Emory works with organizations such as Himalayan Cataract Project, Orbis, The Carter Center and Sightsavers International to employ the World Health Organization and Vision 2020 initiatives to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide.

Since 2017, GO-Emory fellows have led the way in development of resident education, vision care research and patient outreach to improve eye care internationally, particularly in Ethiopia. The GO-E fellowship is unique in that it allows for unlimited customization based on the fellow’s interest, along with clinical and educational components, the fellowship requires completion of a research project aimed at improving eye care to a vulnerable population.

Reflections on My Fellowship

Keri Allen '18-19

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Joseph Licht '19-20

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Our Partnership Sites

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In collaboration with Emory University, the GO-Emory program has an existing partnership with Addis Ababa University, and Emory Eye Center actively supports their ophthalmology services. During his/her time in Ethiopia, the Fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience and make meaningful contributions to ophthalmic care delivery in low income settings, participate in resident education, and develop new strategies to improve access and care in Ethiopia.

Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Known as one of the busiest public hospitals in the US, Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta partners with Emory University and Morehouse University to staff its clinics. The ophthalmology department, staffed by Emory Eye Center faculty and residents, sees approximately 18,000 clinic visits and 1,200 surgical cases a year.  With Atlanta's diverse and international population, the Grady Eye Center sees a high volume of clinically challenging cases. The GO-Emory Fellow will have a clinic at Grady and be involved in numerous community projects such as the diabetic screening program and migrant farmer initiative. Read more

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Ranked in the top 10 of US schools for Public Health, RSPH is a leader in global research with ties to the Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center also located in Atlanta, GA.  The GO-Emory Fellow will have access to expertise and mentorship from leaders in the public health field. Additionally they will be involved in the yearly Global Vision Course led by EEC faculty for students across the public health disciplines as well as school of nursing, physician assistant and physical therapy. This training will help prepare the Fellow for completion of their field research project and strengthen their clinical practice in eye care delivery.

Other Opportunities

The fellowship varies year to year based on the Fellow’s career goals and interest. With the numerous GO Emory partnerships and projects the year is full of opportunity and learning.

Himalayan Cataract Project (surgical outreach)
Orbis (education, trachoma evaluations and MDAs)
The Carter Center (trachoma evaluations and MDAs)
The Lighthouse (community eye exams)
Good Shepherd Mission Hospital (clinical and surgical care in Eswatini)
Refugee Eye Care (eye care delivery to Syrian refugees in Jordan)
Ebola Eye Disease (opportunities to combat Ebola on the front lines)
Clarkston Community Health Center (monthly eye clinic in Clarkston, Georgia)


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