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Oculoplastics Fellowship at Scheie

Oculofacial and Orbital Surgery Fellowship

The Oculofacial and Orbital Surgery service offers a fellowship that has been approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS); one fellow is chosen for each two-year period.  The next fellowship will run from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Throughout that period, the fellow is exposed to and trained in a comprehensive range of reconstructive, functional, and cosmetic oculoplastic surgeries. There is also close interaction with many other disciplines including neurosurgery, otolaryngology, general plastic surgery, pathology, neuroradiology, and dermatology.

The fellowship involves patient care and surgery at the Scheie Eye Institute, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).  Current responsibilities include two days per week evaluating patients in the clinic, two days per week performing surgery, and one day per week at the VAMC, alternating between clinical evaluations and surgery.  Multiple minor procedures also are scheduled during clinic hours, and the fellow has the opportunity to work autonomously during a scheduled minor procedure clinic.



Roberta E. Gausas, M.D.

Education and Academics

Clear comprehension and careful analysis are critical to patient care.  As such, the fellow is supervised and taught to ensure that a thorough understanding of the anatomy, pathology and management of oculoplastic disorders develops.  All patients and procedures are reviewed regularly, and both classic and cutting-edge medical studies are incorporated into the fellow’s education.  Didactics, grand rounds, journal club and clinical management conferences are employed to complement the fellow’s training.  Fellows are responsible for a portion of resident and medical student teaching, and are expected to attend national meetings.

Clinical Experience

The Scheie Eye Institute offers a complete clinical experience.  The combination of a tertiary referral center, large catchment area, and trauma center provides a unique arena for training.  Meticulous evaluations are performed on each patient.  In addition to the ability to perform procedures in the ophthalmology suite, the clinic environment offers comprehensive ultrasonography services, devoted visual field testing, well-stocked exam lanes, and inclusive imaging capabilities.

Surgical Experience

The fellow spends at least two days per week in the operating room, and performs several other minor procedures in the clinic weekly.  The service has close relationships with dermatology, otolaryngology, and neurosurgery, and joint cases are common.  As the fellow’s surgical acumen improves, he or she is allowed to take a greater role in performing surgery and will assume greater autonomy.


In order to join the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, each fellow must develop and defend a unique research thesis.  Furthermore, fellows are expected to conduct clinical and basic science research, and the university provides a wide variety of opportunities for exploration.  Fellows are encouraged to present their findings at national meetings.

Salary & Benefits

The fellowship provides salary support and includes medical malpractice insurance, health benefits, vacation time of one week per year, and one week of continuing medical education time.

All fellows are employees of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Fellows will be paid at the PGY-5 level for the first year and PGY-6 level for the second year, as established by the office of Graduate Medical Education. 


Fellows MUST have an active, unrestricted Pennsylvania state medical license before joining the fellowship program.

Interested applicants should provide the following materials:

  • CV
  • personal statement
  • at least 3 letters of reference (including one from applicant’s ophthalmology residency program director)
  • USMLE Steps I, II, and III score reports
  • OKAP scores
  • photograph (optional)

Application and supporting documents should be sent directly to:


Roberta E. Gausas, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street, Suite #514
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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