Humanitarian Missions: From the Resident Perspective

Cason, JB


Purpose: To investigate current literature available for resident training in humanitarian eye surgery and to communicate the potential benefits of resident education in humanitarian medicine worldwide. Methods: Review of the medical literature. Results: The combination of the search terms: humanitarian, resident, eye, and surgery revealed no results. Expanded searches with more generic terms revealed more results. Conclusions: In the course of humanitarian missions, residents can develop proficiencies in two ACGME core competencies: professionalism and system-based practice. Residents report a significant educational benefit when deployed on humanitarian missions. This paper illustrates that thoughtful planning and supervision during these missions can ensure good learning and safe medical care.

Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2008: 1: 65-68. (c) Journal of Academic Ophthalmology

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