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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-43

Post graduate training program in ophthalmology in India: Idealistic vs realistic

1 Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans, Los Angeles, USA

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Ramesh S Ayyala
Department of Ophthalmology, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue SL-69, New Orleans, Los Angeles 70112
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.149375

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Purpose: To propose a novel internet based digital course to help standardize post-graduate education in Ophthalmology across all programs in India. Problem: India needs, at the least, 25,000 ophthalmologists by the year 2020, which would require growth at the rate of 300 additional training slots per year. However, lack of standardization and unequal distribution of resources in the training programs resulted in poor quality of training across most programs. We suggest that by examining the post-graduate training programs of the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK), one can formulate a standardized method of training safe, effective and efficient b>Proposed Solution: We propose that establishing a set of comprehensive, agreed-upon goals of training implemented by most programs would standardize ophthalmology post graduate training in India. These goals are defined by the following competency domains: Clinical training, surgical training, academic activities and resident as a Teacher. The most cost and resource effective way to achieve these goals may be by using internet based novel digital courseware. As exemplified by the training programs of the UK and USA, the proposed courseware will put forth a clearly defined curriculum which includes detailed methods of asessment and feedback.

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