Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery - Research

Research Fellowship and Pre-Residency Research Fellowship

The University of Ottawa Eye Institute offers an active and demanding one-year pre- or post-residency research fellowship in Cornea/External Disease, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery. This is a research fellowship that can offer some clinical experience if proof of medical insurance is provided. The Fellow will have the opportunity to lead a number of studies developed by the corneal team. They will also be encouraged to design and carry out studies of their own interest after approval from the Fellowship Director. The Fellow will become a member of the research study team for all on-going studies in the cornea division. In addition, the Fellow will assist residents and other fellows on their research projects. They will also be given the opportunity to attend professor rounds, grand rounds, resident teaching sessions, and other departmental academic activities.

  • To develop expertise in clinical research through design, implementation, and publication.
  • To gain a better understanding of current research in Cornea/External Disease, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery.
  • To improve project management skills.
  • To improve medical knowledge in Ophthalmology.

Research and clinical research activities will predominantly take place at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute at the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus), the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and the University of Ottawa Medical School. The Eye Institute, CHEO, and the Medical School are all housed within the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre, a single medical campus located on Smyth Road. Educational opportunities may also arise at the Eye Care Centre (Riverside Campus) located very close to the General Campus.


The Cornea and Refractive Surgery Faculty is involved with multiple clinical trials on an ongoing basis. The Fellow will be expected to be first author on several major research projects. The Fellow is expected to present at a major Ophthalmology meeting (AAO, ASCRS, ESCRS, EuCornea, Asia Cornea, COS, etc.) and to submit manuscripts for publication in an Ophthalmology journal. The Fellow will also present at the University of Ottawa Department of Ophthalmology Annual Research Day. Access to the latest Ophthalmology journals will be available online.


The Fellowship Director must approve conference leave. Conference time may be taken if the Fellow is presenting at the meeting.


Two weeks + time off for residency interviews (if applicable)


The Fellowship Director will perform formal evaluations of the Fellow’s progress in the fellowship every four months.


The Fellow is encouraged to secure their own financial support (grants, scholarships, etc.). The University of Ottawa Eye Institute through an unrestricted educational grant may provide additional funding. Funding for research (including associated conference leave) is available on a competitive process through the University of Ottawa Medical Research Fund.


Interested and qualified applicants should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, medical school transcript, and three confidential reference letters to Ginette Snook. Foreign medical graduates must contact Ginette Snook regarding the application process, which involves the Postgraduate Medical Education Office. All Foreign Trainee applications to our program must go through the PGME office. Foreign Trainee candidates must apply on-line through the Fellowship application system. The application site for Foreign Trainees opens in July/August and the deadline for applications is September 30th for the next academic year. All Foreign Trainee candidates are expected to apply to both the SF Match and the PGME Foreign applications. Applications will be reviewed and a selection made on a rolling admission basis.


Kashif Baig, MD, MBA, FRCSC

Cornea Fellowship Director

University of Ottawa Eye Institute

501 Smyth Rd, Ste W6223, Box 307

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6

Tel: 613.737.8629

Fax: 613.739.6876


Website:Dr. Baig

Ginette Snook

Departmental Education Program Coordinator

University of Ottawa Eye Institute

501 Smyth Rd, Suite W3248, Box 307

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6

Tel: 613.737.8899 x79422

Fax: 613.737.8836


Website: Eye Institute

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