Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
Michael T. Yen , M.D.
Milton Boniuk, M.D.
Cullen Eye Institute
Baylor College of Medicine
6565 Fannin - NC 205
Houston, TX 77030
The fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery consists of two years of post-residency training in the Department of Ophthalmology under the direction of Milton Boniuk, M.D. and Michael Yen, M.D. One position is available every other year commencing July 7. The next availability is for year 2014.
At the time of appointment, the trainee should have satisfactorily completed 36 months of residency training in a United States program approved by the Residency Review Committee in Ophthalmology and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or in a Canadian program approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or in an equivalent program. Texas medical licensure is mandatory.
Description of the Program
The fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, is designed as a comprehensive two-year program dedicated to the preparation of the post-residency fellow for an academic or consultative Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgical practice. The fellow will divide time among Drs. Michael Yen and Milton Boniuk and will gain hands-on experience in the pre-operative evaluation, performance and post-operative care of the full spectrum of eyelid, lacrimal, and orbital surgical procedures.
These will include blepharoplasty, blepharoptosis repair, eyebrow and forehead elevation, entropion and ectropion repair, dacryocystorhinostomy, orbital surgery, and optic nerve sheath decompression. Additionally, the fellow will learn to manage infectious and inflammatory eyelid and orbital conditions such as thyroid eye disease and idiopathic orbital inflammation. The fellow will participate in resident education and in a monthly ophthalmic plastic surgery conference. Research is strongly encouraged.
The goal of the fellowship is to provide clinical fellows with subspecialty training in the areas of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. The majority of this clinical training occurs when working in the clinics of the attending physicians, although additional experience, including much of the surgical experience, occurs at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Hospital (VAMC) and Ben Taub Hospital (BTH).
The fellows see and work up at least 150 patients each week with a spectrum of ophthalmic plastic, lacrimal, and orbital conditions. All of these cases are seen under the supervision of the attending physician, with a fellow presenting their findings to the physician for review, discussion of an implementation of a treatment plan. The fellow's surgical experience includes serving as the primary surgeon in cases performed at the VAMC and BTH. These include the full spectrum of ophthalmic plastic, lacrimal, and orbital disorders. In addition, fellow's surgical experience will include at least 400 eyelid and eyebrow surgeries, 100 lacrimal surgeries, and 100 orbital surgeries.
In addition to instruction by senior staff members on the management of each individual patient seen by the fellow, the department of ophthalmology holds a number of ongoing and special conferences, including grand rounds, lecture series, pathology conference, special wet labs on various surgical techniques, and special courses, including a cadaver orbital dissection course, a botulinum toxin injection course, and the Cullen Course, which is an overview of new advances in ophthalmology oriented to ophthalmologists in practice. In addition, one of the attending physicians holds journal clubs on a monthly basis. Fellows are assigned two or three articles for presentation and discussion.
The department comprises full-time clinical and research faculty members, principally located in the Roy and Lillie Cullen Eye Institute of the Neurosensory Center. This building also houses a complete eye library; 100-seat auditorium; inpatient facilities; seven eye operating rooms and three laser suites exclusively for Ophthalmology; multiple research laboratories; vivarium; and experimental animal surgical laboratory. The Neurosensory Center is structurally linked with three affiliated hospitals: The Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital; and two out-patient clinic facilities: The Smith Tower and the Scurlock Tower. Patients referred to the private consultative practice of the Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive service are examined in the adjoining clinical facilities in Smith Tower. This clinic is 20,000 square feet and provides 30 examining rooms, eight which are dedicated to Ophthalmic Plastics and complete diagnostic and outpatient treatment facilities. Additionally, within the Texas Medical Center are the Ben Taub Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which are primarily staffed by residents in the training program.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and is home to the Texas Medical Center. The medical environment in Houston is unique in that medical care for the most part is centralized at the Texas Medical Center. It makes medical care very convenient because the most up-to-date and progressive medical technologies and knowledge are all available here in one site. The Medical Center is situated in a very livable part of Houston. Most faculty, residents, and fellows live close by, either within walking distance or a ten to fifteen minute drive. This gives Houston a small town feeling while still having the culture, sports, and entertainment of a major metropolitan city.
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program for Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive fellowship. Please refer to the NRMP website to register for the match and read about the process for applying to Ophthalmology Fellowship.
This fellowship participates in the NRMP Fellowship Match.
National Resident Matching Program
Attention: Wanda Bradley
2501 M Street, N.W., #1
Washington, DC 20037-1307
For information concerning the application for the match (www.nrmp.org).