Factors affecting the decision to pursue glaucoma fellowship training

Steven J. Gedde, Donald L. Budenz, Payman Haft, Yunhee Lee, Harry A. Quigley

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PURPOSE: To identify factors associated with the choice to pursue glaucoma fellowship training by graduating ophthalmology residents. METHODS: An anonymous survey was sent to each graduating ophthalmology resident in the United States in February 2003. Demographic data and information relating to residency training, career goals, and factors influencing career choices were collected from the surveys. RESULTS: Surveys were completed by 215 (49.2%) residents, including 135 (62.8%) who were pursuing fellowships. Among residents undertaking fellowship training, 17 (12.6%) selected glaucoma and 118 (87.4%) chose other subspecialties. Residents entering glaucoma fellowships performed more glaucoma filtering procedures (P=0.006), and they were less likely to publish a paper (P=0.05) and have time allocated for research (P=0.04) than residents seeking fellowships in other subspecialties. Factors that were rated as less important to those choosing glaucoma fellowships included interest in challenging diagnostic problems (P=0.009), types of patient problems (P=0.015), an academic career (P=0.03), and working with new technology (P=0.04). The decision to pursue fellowship training was made later by residents entering glaucoma compared with those choosing other subspecialties (P=0.001). CONCLUSIONS: A variety of factors affect the decision to pursue fellowship training. There are differences in how these factors are weighed among residents seeking fellowships in glaucoma and other subspecialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of glaucoma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Glaucoma fellowship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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