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The RSA Fellowship Program includes a 2-year training program followed by the opportunity to participate in a three-year, high-earning, RSA supervised practice post-Fellowship. This is the basis of the pay-it-forward model that allows the program to perpetuate. Opportunities may even exist to create a new practice for exceptional RSA Fellows after the three-year post-Fellowship position. Alternatives to the supervised practice opportunity are also available, for those who wish to enter practice outside the RSA Network.
The RSA Fellowship Network is limited to ophthalmologists showing superior skills and promise. We reserve the right to leave positions unfilled in the event that enough qualified candidates are not identified.
Qualifications and Application Elements
The following elements describe the core considerations. Additional factors may be considered.
~ TRAINING: Applicants to US Host Sites for the RSA Fellowship Program should have completed (or be scheduled to complete) an AUPO approved ophthalmic residency program. Applicants to non-US Host Sites should have completed (or be expected to complete) an accredited residency program in the host-site country. In general, residency programs accredited by the ICO or equivalent will qualify.
~ APPLICATION: All applicants must complete the RSA Fellowship Application Form in its entirety. This application provides detailed background information, including academic achievements, ophthalmic training, surgical experience, any disciplinary issues, legal convictions, health issues, statements of intent, and other information.
~ BACKGROUND CHECK: All applicants will undergo background checks. In the event that disqualifying issues are identified, applicants will have the opportunity to confirm findings prior to disqualification.
~ REFERENCES: Letters of reference will be required from the Applicant’s residency director, at least one fellow resident, and one physician who has been an RSA member for at least 2 years.
~ INTERVIEWS: Applicants who are under consideration for a position will be interviewed in one or more sessions. Travel may be required.
~ SKILLS ASSESSMENT: Surgical videos, demonstration of surgical dexterity, clinical observation, oral examinations, interview skills, and other skills assessment processes will be employed during the application process.
~ 360 ASSESSMENT: Finalist candidates may be required to undergo a 360 assessment by people in their current institution and by other associates.
Applications will be qualified for consideration based on meeting the training requirements, completion of the application, receipt of letters of reference and successful completion of the background check.
Qualified applicants will undergo interviews, skills assessment, and a 360 assessment as described above. Application processing will be overseen by the RSA Fellowship Committee, which includes most or all of the RSA Fellowship Preceptors, the RSA Fellowship Program director, and members of the RSA Executive Committee.
Finalists will be provided a list of with potential Host Sites and preceptors, to submit as part of the RSA Fellowship Match program. Finalist and alternate acceptance will be granted to potential fellows at each Host Site.
Final match will be by mutual agreement of the applicant and Host Site preceptors.