West Coast Eye Institute is true to our commitment to education by being an active member in the educational community. Our providers and clinic work hard to make sure we add value to young ophthalmologists, general medicine residents, and medical students. Additionally, we welcome the opportunity for new idea of how we can continue to be active in the community; so if you have an educational project that we can help with please contact us.
Sunny Walia, MD MBA (Fellowship Director)
Anterior Segment Fellowship
On behalf of West Coast Eye Institute, thank you for taking the time to explore our fellowship training program with a focus on anterior segment pathology, refractive surgery, and clinical/pharmaceutical research.
We are proud to offer the comprehensive and robust fellowship that is rooted in our ophthalmic tradition of over 40 years of clinical care. With over four decades of patient care, West Coast Eye Institute has built a practice that is focused on providing this highest quality of patient care and advancing medical innovation through clinical research. Additionally, West Coast Eye Institute extends our hands globally through our Care Programs with mission trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua. At the West Coast Eye Institute, we have performed over 10,000 LASIK cases, and countless MIGS and cataract surgery.
Our one-year clinical fellowship (SF Match ID #5694) is based in Southern California with regional travel opportunity. We train one full-time clinical fellow annually.
The fellowship opportunity at West Coast Eye Institute is a one-year clinical fellowship with one seat. Fellows gain the majority of their clinical and surgical experience in Bakersfield, CA but will have the opportunity for global travel (based on availability and travel restriction).
Fellows will have a blend of clinical and research time. The fellowship is designed to allow the fellow to help designed and run their fellowship clinic as well as pair with one of our providers in their clinic. The fellow will work closely with our providers in their clinic, the operating room, and our refractive suite, where the fellow with have 1-2 days per week on average.
Each year at the West Coast Eye Institute we perform over 1100 cataracts, 300 premium IOLs, 250 refractive surgeries (LASIK, PRK, ICL), 170 MIGS (iStent, Kahook Dual Blade, XenGel, Omni). Our fellow will expect to handle as primary surgeon on average 200-300 cataract surgeries, and 25-30 refractive cases, 20+ MIGS.
Our modern surgical suite is second to none. Equipped with ALCON Head-Up display (Ingenuity) and the latest ALCON platform of LASIK (EX500/CONTOURA). Fellows will be able to attract diverse patients given through reduce pricing models.
Clinical research and publication are encouraged and supported as part of the fellowship experience. Additionally, West Coast Eye Institute hold a monthly case presentation that open to the public that fellow will present. Lastly, the fellowship will host a in-house surgical board we all providers will discuss difficult cases and new surgical innovations.
West Coast Eye Institute has partnered with CBCC Global for clinical and academically. CBCC Global is one of California’s largest clinical research firms with locations throughout Europe, Asia, and the US. With an team of over 300+ employees and headquarters in both Bakersfield, CA and Hyderabad, India, CBCC global has helped over 45 different drugs met the FDA screening and certification process and go to market. Furthermore, CBCC Global has principle agent in the growth of Sun Pharm, the largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world.
PLEASE NOTE: You must have a California State Medical License before beginning your Fellowship. You must have pass all 3 parts of the USMLE for the California License and have spent 1 year in the United States under direct physician supervision.
Mrs. Julia Castillo, ABOE
Fellowship Program Coordinator