Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Fellowship

The UCSD Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Fellowship Program is a unique postdoctoral training opportunity for physicians and scientists interested in advancing their understanding of biomedical and clinical informatics as applied to vision science and clinical ophthalmology.

This fellowship is conducted in close collaboration with several renowned training programs at UC San Diego: the T15 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics funded by the National Library of Medicine, the T32 Translational Vision Research Training Program funded by the National Eye Institute, and the ACGME Clinical Informatics Fellowship Training Program. Depending on the specific interests of the fellow, the fellow will have access to the funding support, training resources, and opportunities available through one or more of these programs.

The faculty affiliated with the Division of Ophthalmology and Data Science have a strong track record of mentorship and are dedicated to helping fellows achieve their professional and career goals.

Coursework and Training
The fellowship offers access to a range of foundational coursework such as the following:

  • Principles of Biomedical Informatics
  • Informatics in Clinical Environments
  • Modeling Clinical Data and Knowledge for Computation
  • Bioinformatics Applications to Human Diseases
  • Statistics Concepts in Biomedical Research
  • Grant Proposal Writing Practicum
  • Introduction to Biomedical Natural Language Processing
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Designing Clinical Research
  • Health Services Research
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Research Ethics


A wide range of seminars and journal clubs are also available to our fellows, such as:

  • UC San Diego Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute Departmental Grand Rounds and Distinguished Lecturer Series
  • Current Trends in Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series
  • Qualcomm Institute Amazon Web Services Seminar Series
  • Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series
  • Cancer Genomics Journal Club
  • Biomedical Informatics Journal Club
  • UC San Diego Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series


The fellow will also have the opportunity to complete a master's degree in one of the following areas:

  • Master's of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
  • Master's in Data Science
  • Master's in Health Informatics (anticipated availability in Fall 2021)


Research and Other Activities

  • Active research areas span a spectrum of related areas, including big-data analytics, predictive modeling, machine learning, deep learning, imaging analysis, genomics/bioinformatics, and applied clinical informatics
  • Projects are available in all ophthalmic subspecialties
  • Fellows will also have the opportunity to engage in broader health system operational activities, such as participating and engaging with the UC San Diego Health Information Services Medical Directors Committee, the UC San Diego Health Clinical Decision Support Committee, and the UC San Diego Health Artificial Intelligence Committee
  • Networking and career development activities are conducted locally and at regional, national, and international conferences
How to Apply
To obtain more information about application processes for the UC San Diego Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Fellowship Program, please email Division Chief and Fellowship Program Director Dr. Sally Baxter (dual board-certified in Ophthalmology and Clinical Informatics) at s1baxter@health.ucsd.edu.


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