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Teleophthalmology Research Fellowship

The Virtual Eye Care Research Fellowship enables medical students and ophthalmologists to explore cutting edge medical technology and innovative models of care, shaping the future landscape of eye care. Each selected research scholar will work in-person with a mentor at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute conducting translational research on the use of disruptive technologies applied to ophthalmology and virtual care.


The program focuses on researching the applications of information and communication technologies (ICT) in ophthalmology. It offers the possibility of translating research projects into clinical care and medical education programs. Fellows benefit from the exposure to a broad range of ophthalmic specialties and faculty at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. This provides knowledge and experience in adopting disruptive technologies such as extended reality, artificial intelligence, biosensors, and new models of virtual care into clinical settings as well as in ophthalmic education. Additionally, they develop experience in biostatistics and manuscript writing, allowing them to hone their skills for publishing original research and present findings at national and international ophthalmic and telehealth-related conferences, under the guidance and supervision of Bascom Palmer faculty. Our interdisciplinary approach, with our UM partners, catalyzes the fellow’s teamwork and networking capabilities in an agile working environment. Their exposure to research, clinical, and administrative scenarios enhance their project management experience as coordinators of their projects, and it allows them to create innovative workflows with guidance every step of the way. A stipend is offered to offset living expenses.


The 12-month program is designed for students following completion of their second, third, or fourth year of medical school as well as for ophthalmologists. Research scholars are selected based on academic achievement. Although applicants may have prior research experience, students who have not previously been involved in research are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from applicants inside and outside the United States. There are no citizenship requirements, but those who are not US citizens must have and maintain an appropriate visa (all visa matters must be handled by the applicant). The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is committed to promoting diversity within the ophthalmic community, and we encourage applicants who are underrepresented in medicine groups to apply.  

Stipend and Benefits

Research scholars receive the following benefits: 

  • $35,000 annual stipend
  • Allowance up to $5,000 to support travel expenses to present research work at a national meeting

Application Process

A total of 1 research scholarship will be awarded annually. Each applicant must submit the following:  

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and medical school)
  • Two letters of recommendation

All application materials must be submitted to Yaimara Milian, at by June 1st

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Research scholars are expected to assume responsibility for their research project during the year. This includes working closely with the BPEI mentor onsite to refine the research aims and design, data collection, and data analysis. It is expected that the research will result in an original manuscript for submission to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal and a conference abstract submission. Each research scholar will present his/her research work at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Annual Residents’ Day meeting.   


Yaimara Milian (Yami)
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
900 NW 17 Street, Suite 261A
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: (305) 326-6312
Fax: (305) 326-6580