Associates in Ophthalmology (AIO) is a well-established multi-specialty independent physician owned practice which has maintained a strong commitment to excellence since its establishment in 1899. Headquartered in West Mifflin, PA, AIO adds to the patient experience by seeing patients at all of our 11 locations across the region. The clinic is supported by a wide network of referral sources from ophthalmologists, optometrists, and medical professions throughout the region. The Practice utilizes state of the art technology in all of our offices, as well as in our operating rooms. Each physician utilizes ophthalmic scribes, technicians, and angiographers, to help their clinic flow effectively.
Associate Surgery Centers (ASC), is our free-standing multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center. The ASC is located on the first floor of our facility where 95% of eye surgeries are performed in-house. The dedicated ophthalmology operating room staff is fully trained to assist in all retina cases.
The Medical Retina Fellowship Program at Associates in Ophthalmology is a one-year program that offers comprehensive training in the medical management of retina diseases. Under the direction of the Retina Fellowship Director, the Medical Retina Fellow is expected to develop independent judgment skills, as well as excellent technical skills in a patient-focused, fast-paced environment. The fellow will be supervised by retina specialists and will be directly involved in the evaluation of patients, interpretation of fluorescein angiography and ultrasonography, laser photocoagulation, and intra-vitreal injection technique and protocol. This program allows strong well-rounded exposure in all areas of medical retina including Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Vascular Diseases, Retinal Degenerations and Dystrophies, Uveitis, and Ocular Tumors. Several opportunities also exist for research opportunities dealing with the posterior segment. AIO is a site for numerous national and international clinical trials. There will be limited call responsibilities.
Upon completion, fellows will have the following competencies:
Diagnosis and management of routine and complex medical retina patients (including those with uveitis, inherited retinal dystrophies, and ocular malignancies)
Multiple types of in-office procedures (such as intraocular injections, retinal lasers, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryotherapy)
Interpretation of ultrasonography, electroretinography, and other more commonly performed types of retinal imaging.
Retina Fellow Job Description:
The fellow will have exposure to both diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to all types of medical retinal problems. This may include macular degeneration, intraocular tumors, retinal vascular disorders, hereditary chorio-retinal degenerations and dystrophies, and uveitis. Because of AIO’s high retina volume, there will be extensive experience with fluorescein and ICG angiography, as well as other forms of retinal imaging such as OCT. Ample opportunities will exist for the fellow to interpret and assist in the reporting of all angiograms and OCT’S. The fellow will also help organize and participate in the bi-weekly retinal imaging conference.
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