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Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

The Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program appoints one fellow each year through the San Francisco Matching Program. Qualified applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited Ophthalmology residency program prior to beginning of the fellowship. 

Each applicant is required to fill out the online Central Application Service (CAS) application form and provide 3 letters of reference through the San Francisco Match. One letter of reference must be from a Chair and one from a Subspecialist. Applications are due by October 1. Interviews take place the end of October. Interviews provide the opportunity for candidates not only to meet our staff, but also see our excellent facilities and interact with the current fellow.

Travel reimbursement

For those selected for an interview, Children's Mercy will arrange and pay for accommodations for one night at a local hotel and a travel reimbursement of up to $300 for those traveling from outside the Kansas City Metro area.

International applicants

The Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship program does not qualify for ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship. Children’s Mercy will sponsor H-1B visas for qualifying international citizens accepted into the program. In some cases, Children’s Mercy will sponsor an O-1 visa.

For international medical graduates seeking H-1B sponsorship, we have the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of all three steps of the USMLE.
  • Clinical experience in the United States is preferable.

Changing Immigration Status

Residents/Fellows who wish to change their immigration classification while pursuing a graduate medical training Program at Children's Mercy must seek prior written approval from the GME Department. Failure to seek such approval will subject the trainee to immediate termination from his/her training Program.  All candidates must have passed Step 3.

Our Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship team

Erin Stahl, MD
Fellowship Director
(816) 960-8029

Danelle Vogt, MBA
Program Coordinator
(816) 983-6875

Megan Smith, MSE
Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 234-1867