Fellowships & Training

Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty.

Ophthalmology Fellowship

The Division of Ophthalmology offers a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Review the Feinberg School’s information to learn more about the program and how to apply. We also offer an orthoptic training program.

Orthoptic Training Program

Orthoptics is a discipline of ophthalmology specializing in disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision and eye movements. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in diagnostic techniques that aid in the evaluation and treatment of convergence insufficiency, amblyopia, double vision and other disorders that disrupt binocular vision. Orthoptics is a challenging and rewarding field to any individual who enjoys working in the medical field and particularly those who enjoy working with children.

About Our Program

Because of the nature of strabismus and binocular vision disorders, orthoptists serve patients of all ages with an emphasis in pediatric ophthalmology.

Admission in the orthoptic program requires the completion of a baccalaureate degree (science preferred but not mandatory). Our orthoptists and ophthalmologists provide extensive didactic and clinical instruction to prepare students for certification. At this hospital, the orthoptic student will observe and examine many patients as well as rotate through Northwestern Ophthalmology Patient Services to see adult patients with strabismus. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in a research project that may be presented at a national or regional conference. Following successful completion of the two-year program, the student will be eligible to take the written, oral and practical certification examinations administered by the American Orthoptic Council.

Areas of study in the program include: ocular anatomy and physiology, neuro-anatomy, ophthalmic optics, ocular pharmacology, diagnostic and sensory testing, ocular motility evaluation and more.

Tuition for the program is $2,500 per year. The GRE is not required for admission.

Orthoptic Program Medical Director
Marilyn B. Mets, MD
Orthoptic Instructors
Vivian Dimizas, CO
Kristyn Albert, CO
For more information about the program, please contact:
Vivian Dimizas, CO
Orthoptic Program Director
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue, Box 70
Chicago, IL 60611-2605