A Two-Option Training Program Designed to Address Each Fellow’s Goals
The RSA Fellowship program provides a “Two-Option” program for the participants – “Fellow” or “Associate” options. The “Fellow” option consists of a one-year, traditional fellowship format followed by an optional second year – the “Associate” year – working as an Associate in a host practice. The “Fellow” year emphasizes didactics and skills transfer and successful completion of the Fellow year qualifies the Fellow to indicate they have completed an “RSA Fellowship Program.” The “Associate” year (second year) focuses on surgical skills and the broad range of skills required to build a refractive surgery practice. Successful completion of the Associate year qualifies the Fellow to be a “Fellow of the College of Refractive Surgery” and to use the professional designation FRCS.
An Affiliated Network of Fellowships Provides a Rich Training Experience
The RSA Fellowship Network shares resources and experiences across 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/Associate is based at a “Host Site”. Training is overseen by the preceptor at the Host Site. Fellows participate in many activities with co-fellows at other sites in the network and have the opportunity to rotate to other sites within the network to experience a variety of different preceptors.
Each Fellow/Associate may take up to six, two-week to 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.
A Comprehensive Curriculum Provides Multidisciplinary Competencies
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.
Fellow/Associate participate in non-clinical activities such as Journal Club, research, Conclaves, courses. Associates further enjoy additional experiences, such as participation in the PHYSICIAN CEO® program, practice development training, as well as teaching and research opportunities. Both Fellow/Associate participants enjoy a rich exposure to both preceptors and peer-level colleagues.
Realistic Salaries Recognize the Fellow’s Professional Value
RSA Fellowship programs are values-based and respect the dignity, needs, and expertise of the Fellow/Associate. 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.
Salaries in the Associate year (second year) include a base-plus-production, and often exceed those for surgeons in their second year of practice in other settings.
Fast-Paced, Fully Engaged
The program’s emphasis is on training above all else. This 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 the growing field of refractive surgery.
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 and location.
College of Refractive Surgery
The curriculum for the RSA Fellowship Network is overseen by the 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 of the RSA.
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