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Title: Refresher training and continuing education for para-medical ophthalmic assistants.
Authors: Shamanna, B R
Rao, R S
Premarajan, K C
Saravanan, S
Thulasiraj, R D
Venkataswamy, G
Issue Date: 1-Mar-1999
Citation: Shamanna BR, Rao RS, Premarajan KC, Saravanan S, Thulasiraj RD, Venkataswamy G. Refresher training and continuing education for para-medical ophthalmic assistants. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 1999 Mar; 47(1): 49-52
Abstract: This paper describes a refresher training and continuing education programme in clinical and community ophthalmology for para-medical ophthalmic assistants (PMOAs) conducted by the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology. The course participants included 60 PMOAs working either in district hospitals, primary health centres or mobile units from the districts in Maharashtra. Each training programme was spread over 43 hours in 4 days and included lectures, practical demonstrations, and hands-on training in the outpatient, inpatient, and operation theatre of the training institution. Participants were given exposure to outreach activities in an eye camp and a satellite eye centre resembling a district hospital. The PMOAs found the training to be useful and it was seen that areas like patient counselling, instrument and equipment maintenance, and assistance in the operation theatre for newer surgical procedures which were lacking in the basic training were fulfilled in this training programme. Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology, upgraded medical colleges, and other eye-care institutions which have facilities and manpower could organise similar refresher and continuing education programmes for PMOAs so that they could be utilised more efficiently in the blindness-control activities in the country.
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