This 2-year clinical/research/work opportunity incorporates 1 full day per week of hands-on clinical research at BIDMC (non-paid) along with a part/full-time position in an advanced optometric practice in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley MA. Candidates for this position should be premedical or preoptometric students interested in 1) gaining extensive hands-on experience in busy clinical academic and private practices; 2) obtaining extensive clinical research experience (with at least one poster presentation and/or first author peer-reviewed publication from their research); 3) working part/full-time in a busy retail optical practice (including some weekends); and 4) obtaining guidance and mentorship regarding the medical or optometry application process.
In addition to the clinical/research/work duties outlined below, students during the first year will also be expected to take online Pre-Medical classes as needed, study and take the MCAT/OAT examination (if not already completed), and prepare their application for medical/optometry school. During the second year, students will focus on medical or optometry school interviews, analyzing the results of their research projects, and submitting their manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The Division of Ophthalmology of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provides the highest level of eye care and serves as an important referral center for New England. The Longwood Medical Eye Center of the BIDMC Division of Ophthalmology is accepting applicants for a one-year master’s thesis student experience under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Arroyo, MD, MPH. Dr. Arroyo, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, is the Associate Chief of Ophthalmology and Director of the Retina Service at the BIDMC. His research interests include retinal imaging with Ocular Coherence Tomography, OCT-Angiography and OPTOS fundus photography, treatment of vitreoretinal diseases such as retinal detachment, retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy and neovascular glaucoma, as well as the use of normobaric hyperoxia in the treatment of macular diseases and retinal detachment.
Students of all with strong backgrounds in statistical analysis or scientific writing, as well as those interested in gaining valuable clinical experience, are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to commit to at least 1 full days per week working at BIDMC on their clinical. This position is non-funded. Contact information of our previous pre-medical/pre-optometric clinical research students is available on request.
EYESPOT is a Medical Optical Boutique in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley MA that offers advanced primary and dry eye care to its patients and customers. This part/full-time position will involve the diagnosis and treatment of severe dry eyes using the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology under the direct supervision of practice director Dr. Glenda Savitz and associates. It will also involve hands-on involvement in a fast-paced, busy optical retail environment under the direct supervision of managing optician, Melanie Cabral.
This work/research opportunity involves working on clinically-relevant research project and gaining hands-on clinical experience at BIDMC and at EYESPOT. The clinical and research responsibilities are as follows:
A.) Clinical duties include: performing preliminary eye exams and tests, acting as a physician’s scribe, assisting in clinical activities such as intravitreal injections and laser treatments, and developing and maintaining close relationships with patients, families, staff and faculty.
B.) Research opportunities include: spearheading an independent research project for master’s thesis credit, collecting and analyzing data from patients with various eye diseases, assisting in manuscript preparation and data analysis, and preparing abstracts and manuscripts for research conferences and publication. Students would also be expected to participate in collaborative monthly research meetings with BIDMC’s retinal research staff.
C.) Retail optical work duties include: 1) answering phones & scheduling appointments, 2) checking insurance eligibility & co-pays, 3) Contacting patients when glasses / contact lenses are ready for pick-up, 4) Filing/scanning/inputting data, 5) Assisting opticians with selecting frames/styling customers, 6) Working with money and completing sales transactions. Desired Characteristics: Responsible, outgoing, detail-oriented, organized, confidant, friendly and approachable.
Inquiries for either position should include a cover letter and C.V. (with undergraduate GPA) and should be sent to both:
Clinical Research Assistant | Division of Ophthalmology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Shapiro 5, Boston, MA 02215
Melanie Cabral, LDO
One Boyleston Street, Suite 3D
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Previous student publications:
Koch R, Seto B, Yamada K, Atreay P, Lemire C, Hazra, N, Arroyo JG. Relative Retinal Blood Flow: A Novel and Informative Measure of Unilateral Retinal Vein Occlusion Severity. Translational Vision Science and Technology. In Print.
Yu G, Seto BK, Yamada K, Zeng K, Arroyo JG. Combined Pneumatic and Enzymatic Vitreolysis for Severe Cases of Vitreomacular Traction. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. Sept, 2020.
Yu G, Duguay J, Marra K, Gautam S, Le Guern G, Begum S, Sharifzadeh A, Arroyo JG. Efficacy and Safety of Treatment Options for Vitreomacular Traction: A case Series and Meta-Analysis. RETINA: July, 2016; (36) p1260-1270.