Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The XXXI ESCRS Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands will include a Young Ophthalmologists session that will focus on how residents can optimise their experience as ophthalmologists-in-training and make the most of their education. The session will be held on Sunday 6 October from 8am to 9.30am. Residency is a busy period in which a great deal is asked of trainees. On the other hand, residency is unique: a broad spectrum of interesting pathology is encountered, surgical techniques are nurtured and experienced staff physicians are always around to answer questions and help save a difficult operation. But how does one make the most of the training years? It is with this in mind that the Young Ophthalmologists Session, “Taking Training into your Own Hands” was conceived.

“It is a unique session. The topics were selected and the speakers were invited by the Young Ophthalmologists Committee, which consists of current and very recently graduated residents. This will help ensure its relevancy to current trainees,” said Dr Oliver Findl, one of the session’s chairmen and chairman of the ESCRS Young Ophthalmologists Forum. “We expect it to be dynamic and interactive,” he said.

Facts, figures, rumours

Dr Thiemo Rudolph of Göteborg University in Sweden, who is also co-chairing the session with Dr Findl, will start off with a talk entitled, “Ophthalmology Training in Europe: Facts, Figures & Rumours.” Europe consists of dozens of countries, each with their own system of resident training. Some offer intensive surgical training while others offer almost none. Some require yearly national examinations and others accept the European Board of Ophthalmology Diploma exam as a certification qualification.
Dr Nino Hirnschall, (of Moorfields Eye Hospital), will follow with his talk,“Chance Favours Prepared Minds: Expand Your Knowledge Online.” There is an abundance of medical information available online, but the quality thereof varies immensely. What are the best sources? And how can they be accessed? In short: how can you best utilise your valuable time and energy to both lay the groundwork of basic medical and surgical knowledge and stay up to date with the most important of the recent developments? Dr Paul Rosen, of Oxford Eye Hospital, will discuss what many residents find the most interesting and crucial part of their training. In his talk, “Developing my Surgical Skills,” Dr Rosen will outline how residents can maximise their operating competence within the confines of their training centres.

Dr Findl, of the Hanusch Hospital in Vienna, will talk about money. In his talk, “How to Get Financial Support for My Training,” Dr Findl will present ways in which residents can supplement their hospital income to make residency training possible, or even more enjoyable. Where can funds be acquired? Are there grants available? What about travel expenses for international conferences? Finishing the discussion will be Dr Wim Weber of The Netherlands. His presentation, “Taking an Idea and Turning it into a Paper,” will spell out how to develop a research plan, set up a study, analyse the data, write a manuscript and get it published.

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