The Nationwide Children's Hospital department of Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates are very busy clinical services and are responsible for approximately 700 outpatients visits, 60 operations, 30 ROP exams, 20 emergency room visits and 20 hospital consultations per week. This patient activity is all under the supervision of multiple staff personnel and are the strengths of the clinical fellowship program. There are multiple, regularly occurring specialty clinics in which the fellow will participate. Some include craniofacial, low vision, retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics.
Educational activities are the daily part of fellow activity. Three ophthalmology residents as well as occasional pediatric residents and medical and optometry students are present in Ophthalmology clinic at Children's Hospital. All surgical procedures have staff attendance. Journal club, medical student and resident lectures as well as Ohio State University weekly grand rounds are all fellow activities.
The department has a very active national grant and locally supported clinical and basic science research service. The department is currently participating in 7 multicenter trials in ROP, amblyopia, myopia and glaucoma. Fundamental investigations of the developing visual and ocular motor systems are being carried out by departmental personnel with the help of undergraduate, graduate and medical students and residents using highly sophisticated electrophysiological and radiological techniques.