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DR OLIVER FINDL LAUNCHES ESCRS OBSERVERSHIP PROGRAMME

In a major new initiative, the ESCRS has decided to set up an Observership Programme for young ophthalmologists. "The Observership Programme will be for young ophthalmologists who are starting their surgical training or already in surgical training," said Oliver Findl MD, MBA, chairman of the ESCRS Young Ophthalmologists'' Forum. "We are looking at short observerships for a few days or a week at most in different European centres. We will ask participating centres to draw up a short curriculum and to give our observers the opportunities to see patients in a clinical setting." Dr Findl said that while the young ophthalmologists taking part in the programme will not be able to carry out surgery, they will get the opportunity to see senior ophthalmologists working. "It will also be interesting for them to see first hand the logistics of how an ophthalmological department is run," he said. As part of the new programme, a special website is being set up to allow young ophthalmologists who are ESCRS members to register for the programme. The website will also include a list of participating sites. Young ophthalmologists who are not ESCRS members can join the society free of charge and this will allow them access to the website. The ESCRS will also give some financial support to young ophthalmologists to help them cover some of their travel and accommodation costs. "  Many young ophthalmologists will go on for further education and training outside of their own countries, so the ESCRS Observership Programme will give them a chance early in their education to see how ophthalmology is practised in different settings  "While there are already existing observership programmes in different countries, the ESCRS Observership Programme will give young ophthalmologists the chance to travel abroad and see how their colleagues in different countries train and operate. "Many young ophthalmologists will go on for further education and training outside of their own countries, so the ESCRS Observership Programme will give them a chance early in their education to see how ophthalmology is practised in different settings," said Dr Findl. "I think this is one of the big strengths of the ESCRS, the European Union and Europe. We have different cultures and different health systems and we should try to broaden our horizons and learn from seeing other systems, other surgeons and other techniques." Dr Findl said that the new programme was one of the most exciting initiatives to be launched by the ESCRS in recent years. "Sometimes it may be difficult for trainees to take time off, even for a few days, but I think this will be very worth while as training and education is very important, particularly for young ophthalmologists."

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