This unit of study provides students with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to manage surgical ophthalmic conditions. The unit employs a mentor-based approach with students working under the guidance of an approved ophthalmologist the student's country of practise, visiting ophthalmologists from Australia and New Zealand and a representative from their local health authority. Emphasis is on pre-operative assessment, surgical competence and post operative management. Students work in a variety of settings including hospital and private surgical lists, ophthamology surgical clinics run by visiting Australian and New Zealand ophthalmologists and outreach clinics in other smaller communities. Surgical mentors will provide the appropriate training in specific ophthalmic operations including extra capsular cataract surgery, repair of traumatic eye and eyelid injuries, infective eyelid and orbital lesions, benign and malignant lid procedures, pterygium surgery, acute glaucoma procedures, strabismus procedures and simple lacrimal duct procedures. Students are required to show that they can competently assess and perform ophthalmic surgery and manage post operative complications by taking an appropriate medical and ophthalmic history, performing an ophthalmic examination, conducting a general medical examination and a preoperative assessment. They are required to identify the most likely diagnosis and list an appropriate differential diagnosis of the aetiology of the surgical disease,as well as outline and/or perform appropriate ophthalmic and medical investigations. At the end of the unit, a supervised surgical exam will be undertaken in Sydney or their country of practise. The exam will be a supervised extracapsular cataract extraction that the candidate must perform competently to complete the unit of study.
2hrs online per day x5 days (13 weeks). Study concurrent with full time work
Online surgical logbook (40%), Observed cataract operation (60%)
Clinical Ophthalmology: a systematic approach (7th ed), Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling; Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier/Saunders, 2011
Candidates must be overseas trained medical practitioners from countries without an established vocational ophthalmology training programs and be working in a clinical ophthalmology unit.