Continuing Medical Education

BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowships

Boston Foundation for Sight's PROSE Clinical Fellowship is a nine week training program for residency trained optometrists at our state-of-the-art facility in Needham, MA. This program is designed to educate the Fellow in all aspects of prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem (PROSE) and the range of complex corneal diseases that it is used to treat.

The first phase of training allows the Fellow to become familiar with our interdisciplinary treatment team model and approach to patient-centered care. The Fellow becomes familiar with all PROSE documentation and templates for consultation, fitting, and correspondence; participates in collaborative patient care network meetings; and learns to assess candidacy for PROSE, including referral screening and medical consultation and review.

During the second phase of training, the Fellows become familiar with the BostonSight PROSE® treatment methodology through a combination of observation; supervised hands-on application and feedback; and working in tandem with our treatment team on complex corneal disease cases, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, ocular chronic graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) , severe dry eye from autoimmune diseases, keratoconus, keratoglobus, pellucid marginal degeneration, Terrien’s marginal degeneration, persistent epithelial defects, complications of cornea transplantation, complications of LASIK, and neurotrophic keratitis.

The final phase of training takes the Fellow through a stepwise progression towards increasing independence under the sequential supervision of three of our staff optometrists. They participate in three complete 1-3 week treatment cycles, where they become proficient in using our Design-to-Fit™ (DTF) CAD/CAM system to design, fabricate and fit custom prosthetic devices in real time.

Successful completion of the program requires the Fellow to demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of PROSE, including mastering the use of our DTF system.

Fellows are supported in their ongoing professional development with clinical consultation and continuing education provided by BFS, and participation in the PROSE Provider Network professional community.

Woman examines PROSE device
Woman inserting PROSE device
Woman after device insertion