Status of Speciality Training in Ophthalmology in India

Murthy, G. V. S.; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Bachani, Damodar; Sanga, Lalit; John, Neena; Tewari, Hem K.
June 2005
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology;Jun2005, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p135
Academic Journal
Purpose: To systematically evaluate the quality of ophthalmology training in India. Methods: Questionnaires were sent to existing medical schools and accredited training institutions. Institutions were followed up thrice to obtain responses. Data were analysed using Stata 8.0. Results: Responses were received from 128 (89.5%) of the 143 institutions. Each year, 900 training slots were available across the country. Faculty: student ratios were better in accredited training institutions than in postgraduate medical schools. Fifty three (41.4%) of 128 institutions subscribed to more than 2 international journals. Fewer than 1 in 6 institutions conducted research projects. 11 (8.6%) institutions reported more than five publications in international peer- reviewed journals over three years. Only a third of the responding institutions had a wet lab. Conclusions: There is a need to improve the training facilities and optimally utilise the infrastructure available in postgraduate medical schools.


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