INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGY ADVANCES
Our Ophthalmology Residency Training Program celebrates its fourth year of a 2-week off-site rotation for senior residents to Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in New Delhi, India. Since its establishment in 2015, 14 residents have participated in the multi-dimensional experience that involves extracapsular cataract surgical training, tailored clinical exposure to subspecialty clinics in ophthalmology, patient screening in a rural outreach facility, educational conferences and exchanges, and cultural immersion.
UW Medical student Vimal Konduri participated in a 10-week UW School of Medicine and Public Health Shapiro Summer Research Program at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, India. While abroad, he performed researched on the efficacy of their Certified Ophthalmic Paramedic Program (COP). The COP program trains young women to become mid-level professionals and perform similar functions to traditional ophthalmologists. Mentored by IOI Co-Chair Dr. Cat Burkat, Vimal reflected, “This was a great learning experience, mentorship program and career exploration.”
DOVS will support its fifth annual India resident training rotation at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital where three senior residents, a current retina fellow, and a glaucoma fellowship alumna and faculty will travel to New Delhi and participate in patient care and teaching activities.
In the spring of 2020, DOVS will welcome University of Santo Tomas partner, Dr. Cathy Macaraig, for a three-day collaborative visit and Grand Round presentation. Ophthalmology resident Dr. Elaine Downie will join partners in Manila, Philippines, for a one-week rotation focusing on indigent care. Support for this partnership comes from the Guillermo and Marta de Venecia Fund, which was established to continue the de Venecia’s commitment to indigent care, faculty training and collaborations with academic medical centers in the Philippines.