Global Eye Care (GEC) Fellowship Program



Deadline for Applications to the 2015-2016 fellowship have passed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Helen Howell.

Department of Ophthalmology
Dean McGee Eye Institute - University of Oklahoma
Program Director: P. Lloyd Hildebrand, MD, FACS
Department Chairman: Gregory L. Skuta, MD 
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs: R. Michael Siatkowski, MD 
Education Coordinator: Helen Howell

The Global Eye Care Fellowship Program is a non-ACGME accredited fellowship focusing on global eye care – both in local and international environments. It is a one-year fellowship, with an optional second year at the International Eye Center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to complete a Masters of Public Health for Eye Care degree. The fellowship emphasizes the delivery of high quality eye care to underserved populations in international settings (currently in China, Swaziland, Peru) as well as indigent and underserved populations in Oklahoma. The Fellowship will include training and proficiency in special skills (e.g. MSICS-manual small-incision cataract surgery) and expertise in program development for vision screening and blindness prevention. The Fellow will spend approximately 6 months of the 12-month fellowship working internationally in low human development countries, both teaching and providing clinical and surgical aspects of ophthalmology. The balance will be spent in Oklahoma at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and in outreach programs throughout the state. The Fellow will be expected to network with international governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) programs to encourage independence and ability to work in different health care delivery systems and build a network in foreign governments, NGOs, eye clinics and hospitals. Clinical and surgical practice during these periods will encourage a large degree of independence so the Fellow will be appointed as limited-term junior faculty and must be credentialed at our affiliated hospitals. Only United States Citizens who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency are eligible.

Please submit your application with a recent photo and CV to the address below:

Helen Howell
Education Coordinator
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Oklahoma
608 Stanton L Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Telephone 405.271.7816
Fax 405.271.3013


An application for this fellowship is available for you to download and print:

Global Eye Care Fellowship Training Application

Click the link below to view the GEC website.

Jewel L. Sandy, MD 2015-2016 Global Eye Care Fellow