International Ophthalmology

Overview

International Ophthalmology

International Ophthalmology focuses on the specific training needs of clinicians in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, but is not limited to these countries. It provides them the skills to competently practise ophthalmology at the highest possible standard with an emphasis on the specific diseases and pathologies of their home countries.

Students will gain practical skills including knowledge on the prognosis and management of common eye conditions, diseases and injuries to the eye. The course provides the opportunity for extensive practical experience, including performing ophthalmic surgery and management of post-operative complications.

Clinical and basic sciences are taught online and local and visiting mentors provide valuable clinical teaching and supervision in the student's working environment.

Articulation pathways and streams

There are two points at which students may elect to graduate:

  1. Upon successful completion of 36 credit points of coursework students may graduate with a Graduate Diploma in International Ophthalmology.
  2. Upon successful completion of a total of 48 credit points of coursework students graduate with a Master of International Ophthalmology.

The Graduate Diploma in International Ophthalmology, and the Master of International Ophthalmology are available in the following streams:

Community Ophthalmology: Applicants from countries without established vocational (Specialist) ophthalmology training programs and working in an ophthalmology unit are eligible for admission to the Community Ophthalmology stream.

Post Vocational Ophthalmology: Applicants who are overseas trained specialists from countries with established vocational ophthalmology training programs and

a.who have satisfactorily completed the requirements to practice as ophthalmologists in their country of residency

or

b.who are eligible to undertake further fellowship training in their country of residence;

are eligible for admission to the Post Vocational Ophthalmology stream.

Graduate Diploma & Master in International Ophthalmology

International Ophthalmology aims to prevent blindness, promote eye health and rehabilitate those with a visual disability in the near Island nations.

Students will be provided with the core knowledge of ophthalmology with an emphasis on the specific diseases and pathologies of their native countries. They will gain practical skills including knowledge on the prognosis and management of common eye conditions, diseases and injuries to the eye. The course provides the opportunity for extensive practical experience, including performing ophthalmic surgery and management of post-operative complications.

Units of Study

OPSC5001 Ophthalmic Anatomy

OPSC5003 Ophthalmic Optics

OPSC5013 Ophthalmology in Developing Countries 1
OPSC5014 Ophthalmology in Developing Countries 2
OPSC5015 Clinical Ophthalmology 1
OPSC5016 Clinical Ophthalmolohy 2
OPSC5017 Surgical Ophthalmology
OPSC5026 Cornea and Anterior Segment Surgery
OPSC5027 Glaucoma
OPSC5028 Practical International Ophthalmology 1
OPSC5029 Practical International Ophthalmology 2
OPSC5030 Medical Retina
OPSC5031 Paediatric Ophthalmology
OPSC5033 Acute and Emergency Eye Presentations

And (Masters students only):

OPSC5032 Treatise

Recommended degree progression

The following patterns of enrolment are proposed for students.

Community Stream

Option 1
Teaching period Unit of study
Year 1 Semester 1

OPSC5013

Year 1 Semester 2

OPSC5014

Year 2 Semester 1

OPSC5017

Year 2 Semester 2

OPSC5033

Year 3 Semester 1

OPSC5015, OPSC5032

Year 3 Semester 2

OPSC5016

Option 2
Teaching period Unit of study
Year 1 Semester 1

OPSC5013

Year 1 Semester 2

OPSC5014

Year 2 Semester 1

OPSC5017

Year 2 Semester 2

OPSC5001

Year 3 Semester 1

OPSC5003

Year 3 Semester 2

OPSC5032

Vocational stream

Option 1
Teaching period Unit of study
Year 1 Semester 1

OPSC5026, OPSC5027

Year 1 Semester 2

OPSC5030, OPSC5031

Year 2 Semester 1

OPSC5028, OPSC5029

Year 2 Semester 2

OPSC5032

Option 2

Teaching period Unit of study
Year 1 Semester 1

OPSC5026, OPSC5027

Year 1 Semester 2

OPSC5030, OPSC5001

Year 2 Semester 1

OPSC5032, OPSC5033

Sydney Medical School handbook: http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/medicine/postgraduate/coursework_io/international_ophthalmology_rules.shtml