|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 155
Impact of a month-long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners
Department of General Ophthalmology, Ambekar Eye Hospital, Jalna, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||20-Mar-2012|
Ambekar Eye Hospital, H. P. O. Road, Jalna - 431 203, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kabra N. Impact of a month-long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners. Indian J Ophthalmol 2012;60:155
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Kabra N. Impact of a month-long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Feb 17];60:155. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2012/60/2/155/94061
I read with interest the article entitled "Impact of a month -long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners" by Tejwani et al. 
This study is first of its kind in India as the author claimed. I would like to congratulate the author for conducting such a novel but very much needed study and focusing our attention on the present status of training of postgraduates at medical colleges. I also would like to appreciate the efforts taken by them to improvise the proficiency of residents-the future ophthalmologists.
The residency program in ophthalmology all over the world has several limitations.  As authors claimed, maximum benefit was seen for slit -lamp examination techniques, especially sclerotic scatter and specular reflection.  Most of the medical colleges and centers have slit -lamp facility with them, what lacks is the experienced faculty and teaching program. So, short -duration teachers' training program may give a good result. Like compulsory rotatory internship training program at post M.B.B.S. level, compulsory one -month training program can be scheduled for residents during residency. The total number of participants trained at author's institute during 2 years was 92; it means average 50 students can be trained at one institute per year. It means approximately 250 residents entering in 110 medical colleges per year could be trained with mere availability of five such training centers equipped with infrastructure, facilities, and experienced faculty. All India Ophthalmological Society body can take an initiative to formulate such a program, and get it recognized by the medical training authority, the Medical Council of India, and request the medical colleges to follow it and by the time this nationwide residents' training program gets operational, the teletraining through videos, CDs of didactic lectures should be thought of.
If the above said project works out, we can contribute to this nation by providing more proficient ophthalmologists and in turn better ophthalmic services nationwide.
| References|| |
Tejwani S, Murthy S, Gadudadri CS, Thomas R, Nirmalan P. Impact of a month-long training program on the clinical skills of ophthalmology residents and practitioners. Indian J Ophthalmol 2010;58:340-3.
Khalifa YM, Bogorad D, GibsonV, Peifer J, Nussbaum J. Virtual reality in ophthalmology training. Surv Ophthalmol 2006;51:259-73.