Episode 79: Retinoblastoma Present and Future with Dr. Amy Schefler


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Dr. Amy Schefler of Retina Consultants of Houston talks retinoblastoma diagnosis and management and what is on the horizon. Other topics covered include advice on interviewing residency applicants and remaining challenges for women in medicine.


[0:55] Introduction

[1:15] How did you first decide on ophthalmology, and how did you end up in retina and ocular oncology?

[3:30] For those interested in an oncology fellowship, what are your thoughts of doing a retina fellowship first versus afterward?

[5:30] For you, what are the pros and cons of academics and private practice?

[9:18] What are the useful pearls for recognizing retinoblastoma and distinguishing it from “mimickers?”

[13:42] After you make the diagnosis, how is treatment changing and what treatment do you recommend?

[17:25] What are your thoughts of taking an aqueous sample to obtain genetic information on a tumor?

[21:15] In your experience working with applicants, what can you do to be a good interviewer?

[23:42] What are your thoughts on the challenges still present for women in retina, and what do you see going forward?

[29:00] Conclusion


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