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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 340-343

Impact of a month-long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners

1 Department of Ophthalmology, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, Hyderabad, India
2 International Center for Advancement of Rural Eye Care, L.V Prasad Eye Institute, Kismatpur Campus, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Sushma Tejwani
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service, LVP-Zeiss Training Academy, LV Prasad Eye Institute, LV Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500 034
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.64141

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A cohort study was performed to assess the impact of an intensive, hands-on, supervised training program in ophthalmic clinical evaluation, for ophthalmology residents and private practitioners. All students underwent one-month training in comprehensive ophthalmology examination and investigations at a tertiary care center between January 2004 and January 2006. The training methodology included didactic lectures, video-demonstrations and hands-on training. The participants completed a self-assessment with a set of 23 questions designed to assess the level of confidence in various skills on the first and last day of the training. Of a total of 118 students, 67 (56.8%) were residents and 51 (43.2%) were practitioners. The mean score pre-training was 38.3 out of 92 (S.D. ±16.9), and was 70.6 out of 92 (S.D.± 10.1) post-training. The mean increase in the scores was 32.3 (P value < 0.001). We concluded that intensive, short-term training programs could improve the self-perceived level of confidence of ophthalmology residents and practitioners.

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