Fellowship Director:

Professor Jorge L. Alio MD, PhD, FEBOphthal
Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology,
Miguel Hernandez University
Scientific Director
Vissum Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante

Fellowship general information:

Type of fellowship: Clinical and research fellowship in the area of Refractive, Cataract and Corneal surgery.

The objective of the fellowship is to increase the knowledge both clinical and surgical as well as the theoretical and skill basis of the fellow on the topics of the area of corneal and cataract refractive surgery, simple and complicated cases, as well as in those other areas of ophthalmology relevant for the anterior segment surgeon such as glaucoma and ocular surface disorders.

The fellowship is offered as part of the didactic activities enclosed in the University specialization course “Clinical methodology in refractive, cataract and corneal surgery”, of University Miguel Hernandez of Alicante, Spain, in cooperation with Vissum Instituto Oftalmológico de Alicante.

The fellow participates in the clinical and surgical activities, as well as in research studies.

The advanced refractive surgery fellow’s clinical and academic pursuits will be located at the premises of Vissum Instituto Oftalmológico de Alicante, within the Department of investigation and development at Vissum Alicante, which is incorporated to the University of Miguel Hernández. The fellows will have free access to our departmental libraries and computers, and free access to all the journals and the recommended readings of the refractive surgery online course. The clinical and surgical activities will be performed also at the premises of Vissum Instituto Oftalmológico de Alicante and at the experimental facilities of the division of ophthalmology Universidad Miguel Hernandez. All activities will be supervised under tutorial basis by senior specialists in the area.

Fellow’s responsibilities include: participation in the clinical sessions, and in online international sessions with other eye centers and universities world-wide. Rotation at the clinical office and the operating room activities related to the area. Regarding the research part, the fellow participates in the clinical studies on the area and he/she must be able to write and publish scientific papers (at least one paper as a first author every 6 months and as a coauthor every 3 months).

For the development and enhancement of practical surgical experience, there is the option of doing cataract surgery in our center in Mauritania which is a humanitarian center (Nouadhibou vision center, Fundación Jorge Alió, Mauritania) under senior surgeons’ supervision with direct access to cataract and anterior segment surgeries, as first surgeon in the adequate cases (the fellow must have a previous experience as first surgeon in at least 150 cataract cases).

Teaching activities will be performed following the lessons of the refractive surgery online course, under the direct supervision of Prof. Jorge Alió and the collaboration of the associated professors and honorary professors (Jorge Alió del Barrio, Alfredo Vega and the senior fellows of the institution).

To see the list of teaching activities and on-line lessons of the university specialization course “Clinical methodology in refractive, cataract and corneal surgery” go to the webpage:

We also have a wetlab in which phacoemulsification and corneal procedures can be practiced in pigs’ eyes.

All the fellows will be under direct supervision of the course director Prof. Jorge L. Alió MD, PhD, FEBOphth.

Other supervisors of the fellows include Dr. Jorge Alió del Barrio and Dr. Alfredo Vega, senior specialists in refractive, cataract and corneal surgery.

The fellows may decide to join the PhD Doctorate Program of the Miguel Hernandez University. For this activity, separate information will be provided upon request. The PhD Doctorate Cycle at the Miguel Hernandez University is specifically regulated by the University and the doctorate thesis can be directed by either of the supervising professors of the course.

The fellowship should be followed for a minimum of 6 months and up to 2 years. The applicants for fellowship may receive grant support from the institutions organizing the fellowship activity, Miguel Hernandez University and Vissum Instituto Oftalmológico de Alicante, with specific benefits such as housing, grants and other financial support to support in part the fellowship activities of the applicant doctor. Each application will be reviewed independently in this respect. The fellows should make a commitment to stay a minimum of 6 months following this academic activity to have access to this financial support.

Prof. Jorge Alió MD,PhD, FEBOphth.

Tel +34 965 15 00 25

If convenient, the candidates can ask questions about activities of the course to the following previous senior fellows of the institution.

Dr. Mohamed Bahrawy (Cairo, Egypt)

Dr. Francisco Amparo (Boston, Massachusetts USA)

Dr. Alessandro Abbouda

Dr. Bassan Elkadi (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Dr. Sabat Abu Mustafa (Kuwait)

For more information please contact Prof. Alio’s International Secretary:

Ruth Waterhouse

c/ Cabañal 1,
03016 Alicante,

Tel: + 34 965 15 00 25

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