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1.24.2018

Bascom Palmer’s First MVSIO Graduates Match with Ophthalmology Residency Programs

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is proud to announce that two members of the graduating class of the pioneering Master of Science in Vision Science and Ophthalmology (MVSIO) graduate degree program have matched for ophthalmology residency programs.

Sayed Ibrahim will join the ophthalmology residency program at Baylor College of Medicine, and Erika Ellis will be entering the EyeSTAR program, an ophthalmology training program at the University of California, Los Angeles that is especially geared to physicians committed to academic careers in ophthalmology, combining basic science with clinical practice.

The third member of the 2018 graduating class, Armando Garcia, has elected to pursue an academic position prior to joining the residency applicant pool next year.

“We are thrilled that 100 percent of the inaugural MVSIO graduating class achieved success with respect to their desired destiny in ophthalmology,” said Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, M.Tech, Ph.D., graduate program director of the MVSIO program at Bascom Palmer.

The innovative MVSIO program, the first of its kind in the world, offers comprehensive training in ophthalmic translational research, problem-based learning, management and a skill set available only at Bascom Palmer. Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Bascom Palmer’s chair and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, and David T. Tse, M.D., the Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Chair in Ophthalmic Plastic, Orbital Surgery and Oncology, were instrumental in establishing the unique MVSIO program at the Institute. The MVSIO program offers extensive training in vision research, management and related topics with the goal of training graduate students and educating the next generation of leaders in vision science.

The MVSIO program clinical components include didactic lectures by Bascom Palmer faculty members, including Chrisfouad R. Alabiad, M.D., who serves as associate director of the program, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D., Byron L. Lam, M.D., Carol L. Karp, M.D., Kara Cavuoto, M.D., and Anat Galor, M.D. Additionally, Abigail Hackam, Ph.D., serves as chair of the student-research project committee, and research mentors for the students include Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Darlene Miller, Ph.D., and Luis Vazquez, M.D.

The MVSIO program has a multidisciplinary approach. Faculty members from across the University of Miami, including the Miller School of Medicine departments of ophthalmology and surgery, as well as the School of Business Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences, teach the students. Additionally, resident entrepreneurs at U Innovation provide technology commercialization expertise.

The distinctive educational program takes place in the MVSIO education center and laboratories located in the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center located adjacent to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 MVSIO class. More information is available on the program website.

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