Ophthalmology Business

MAR 2014

Ophthalmology Business is focused on business topics relevant to the entrepreneurial ophthalmologist. It offers editorial, opinion, and practical tips for physicians running an ophthalmic practice. It is a companion publication of EyeWorld.

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14 Ophthalmology Business • March 2014 by Michelle Dalton Contributing Writer Depending on where a resident's interests lie, a private practice fellowship may be advantageous, say three physicians who offer them F or young ophthalmol- ogists, the decision about which fellow- ship—if any—to pur- sue may be a difficult one. For those offering fellowships, however, it's a no-brainer, said sever- al physicians who have been offering private fellowships for more than a decade. " For me, the decision to offer a fellowship was an intrinsic decision I made when I went into this special- ty," said Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre, N.Y., and clinical professor of oph- thalmology, New York University Medical School, New York. "I wanted to actively give back for all the teaching I'd received." He "firmly believes" it is the responsibility of physicians to train younger doctors and that the field of ophthalmic surgery can only advance when people with the ability to teach choose to do so and pass along their knowledge. For Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, adjunct professor emeritus, University of Minnesota Department o f Ophthalmology, and founder of Minnesota Eye Centers, Minneapolis, "doing a year or two of a fellowship for most ophthalmologists will be the most valuable time spent in their training. It's significant both in terms of 'joy of practice' and from a technical expertise perspective." Dr. Lindstrom has offered fellowships in an academic setting but predomi- nantly at his practice for the past 25 years and personally finished two fellowships—one in an academic setting and one in a private practice setting. Daniel S. Durrie, MD, professor of ophthalmology, University of Kansas Medical Center, and presi- dent, Durrie Vision, Overland Park, Kan., began offering private fellow- ships in 1985, a time when ophthal- Private practice fellowships 02-19_OB March 2104_Layout 1 2/19/14 11:07 AM Page 14

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