Among the evolving trends in practice patterns of North American vitreoretinal surgery fellows from 2010 to 2018 is that fellows are reporting an increasing number of surgical cases where they are the primary surgeon, said Robert Gizicki, MD, FRCSC, DABO, of the University of Toronto.
However, there is also a trend toward fewer fellows reporting data, he said.
Dr. Gizicki said this survey is distributed to vitreoretinal fellows in their second year of training as part of the ASRS Fellows Forum meeting. The objectives of the meeting itself are numerous: to provide an intensive review of current vitreoretinal treatments, to allow fellows to meet and interact with peers, to encourage research, and to introduce fellows to industry.
The Annual Fellows Forum Survey is approximately 150 questions covering practice patterns in management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), vitreoretinal interface disease, retinal detachment, vitreoretinal surgery, and future practice plans.
"This survey provides the basis for educational discussions during the overall meeting," Dr. Gizicki explained.
From 2010 to 2018 there has been a decline in the number of respondents, from a high of 89 fellows in 2010 to 71 in 2018. Fellowship length, structure, supervising mentors, and practice settings remained virtually unchanged.