AIO has a dedicated research department with full-time clinical coordinators to assist with the management of multi-center clinical trials, as well as investigator-initiated trials.
AIO has a full staff of RNs, COTs and COAs dedicated to the care of its patients both in the clinic and operating room. All clinics are fully equipped with electronic medical records and video monitors for computerized patient education. A “scribe” system has been in place for decades to maximize efficiency in reducing documentation time and allowing our doctors more time with their patients.
The fellows will have exposure to both diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to all types of medical retinal problems. This will include macular degeneration, intraocular tumors, retinal vascular disorders, hereditary chorio-retinal degenerations and dystrophies, and uveitis. Ample opportunities will exist for the fellow to interpret and assist in the reporting of all fluorescein and ICG angiography, as well as other forms of retinal imaging such as OCT/OCT-A and ultrasonography. The fellow will perform retinal lasers including focal laser, pan-retinal photocoagulation, laser retinopexy, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Additionally, fellows will gain extensive experience with intraocular injections of Anti-VEGF therapy, bolus steroids (intravitreal and sub-Tenon’s), and long-acting steroid implants (dexamethasone and fluocinolone). The fellows will also help organize and participate in the bi-weekly retinal imaging conference.
AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER
Associates Surgery Centers, LLC is a private practice ambulatory surgery center with state-of-the-art equipment. The highest technology of Vitreo-Retinal instruments for 23, 25 and 27 gauge surgeries will be available to the fellow, as well as the latest model of Zeiss operating microscopes, Constellation® Vitrectomy/Laser system, and Ngenuity 3D® Visualization System with Heads-Up Display.
The fellow will have direct involvement in the pre-operative evaluation, as well as intra-operative decision making, and be responsible for the post-operative management of all surgical patients. The diverse case mix will include all currently employed methods of Vitreo-Retinal surgery including scleral buckling surgery and pars plana vitrectomy. Vitreo-Retinal surgery fellows will become well versed in the use of intraocular gases, silicone oil, perfluorocarbon liquid tamponade, subretinal TPA injections, and learn to manage complex cases of PVR and diabetic tractional retinal detachments. They will gain experience in anterior segment combined cases utilizing the Yamane IOL scleral fixation technique. Proficiency in the management of intraocular foreign bodies, IOL-related posterior segment complications, retinal detachments with giant retinal tears, macular disorders, endophthalmitis, macular holes and epiretinal membranes will be achieved by the fellow.