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Perceived quality of training among ophthalmology residents in Greece in the times of crisis: a questionnaire-based national survey

Session Details

Session Title: Cataract I

Session Date/Time: Friday 14/02/2014 | 10:30-12:30

Paper Time: 12:14

Venue: Kosovel Hall (Level -2)

First Author: : LamprosLamprogiannis GREECE

Co Author(s): :    Argyrios Tzamalis   Eleni Karatsai   Eleni Leventi   Nikolaos Louris   Stavros Dimitrakos   Ioannis Tsinopoulos

Abstract Details


To evaluate the perceived quality of surgical training and education among ophthalmology residents in Greece with the use of an online questionnaire.


2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Medical Faculty, “Papageorgiou” General Hospital, Thessaloniki


An exploratory descriptive qualitative survey was conducted of inquiring all ophthalmology residents throughout in Greek hospitals. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire which included 20 questions related to the current status of ophthalmology training in Greece and residents’ perception of its quality. Questionnaires were filled in online and anonymity was preserved.


124 out of 290 residents in all Greek hospitals (43%) responded properly, filling in the questionnaires appropriately and their answers were considered for the analysis. More than two thirds (67.7%) do not consider their four-year training as adequate. 58.1% of residents state their belief that their colleagues abroad receive a better training. Especially in the surgical field, 4 out of 5 residents (81%) do not consider themselves capable of performing unassisted phacoemulsification surgery after the completion of their training and 3 out of 4 (74,5 %) are willing to attend surgical fellowships in foreign countries.


Ophthalmology training in Greece is widely perceived as unsatisfactory by residents. Specific areas in which they perceived more deficiency is surgical training and clinical knowledge. This survey underlines the need to address the issue of resident training according to international standards. FINANCIAL INTEREST: NONE