An Affiliated Network of Fellowships Provides a Rich Training Experience
The RSA Fellowship Network shares resources and experiences among several affiliated RSA Fellowship programs – each of which follows the same RSA Fellowship Curriculum – to provide a far richer training experience than would be possible at any one site. Each fellow is based at a “Host Site”. Training is overseen by the preceptor at the Host Site, and the fellows participate in many activities with co-fellows at other sites in the network, such as Journal Club, research, Conclaves, and the PHYSICIAN CEO® program.
Each fellow may take up to six one-month electives at affiliated sites in the US and abroad over the two-year program. Elective rotations provide an opportunity to experience different practice settings, explore research interests, gain hands-on surgical experience, and learn about the business aspects of building and running a practice.
Examples of the programs included in the RSA Fellowship Program include the PHYSICIAN CEO® program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Foundations programs on technology and innovation led by Michael Mrochen, PhD, and didactic “Solutions” programs that cover each of the corneal and lens-based refractive surgery procedures.
RSA Fellowship programs are values-based and respect the dignity, needs, and expertise of the Fellows. Salaries and benefits are comparable to those found in first-year practice positions, time is provided to prepare for the boards, and financial support for tuition and required courses is included.
Fast-Paced, Fully Engaged
The program’s emphasis is on training above all else. The is a fast-paced program that expects Fellows to fully engage. In turn, each Fellow receives training in multiple sites with top refractive surgeons and at top institutions and leaves the program fully prepared to build a top-quality refractive surgery practice and to assume a leadership position in growing field of refractive surgery.
Each RSA Fellowship program includes a two-year standardized curriculum experience with a strong focus on skills transfer across several dimensions of expertise – clinical, surgeon, business, practice development, innovation, teaching, research, and collaboration. After Fellowship, RSA Fellows are offered a high-earning, supervised practice opportunity in an RSA-approved practice, by mutual agreement. This ensures immediate positioning and the successful launch of Fellows in their chosen specialty, right from the start. As well, opportunities exist to create a new practice for exceptional RSA Fellows who are entrepreneurial, employ a values-based approach to their work, and have a passion to lead in refractive surgery. Alternatives to the supervised practice opportunity are also available, for those who wish to enter practice outside the RSA Network.
The RSA Fellowship program is designed for board-eligible ophthalmologists who are within the first 24 months of completing an accredited ophthalmic residency. Fellows must be eligible for medical licensure in the Host Site’s country.
College of Refractive Surgery
The curriculum for the RSA Fellowship Network will be overseen by the newly formed College of Refractive Surgery, which oversees curriculum and accreditation for training in refractive surgery for surgeons and ancillary personnel. The College of Refractive Surgeons is independent from the RSA.
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