Addressing Core Competencies in Ophthalmology Resident Education: What the Vision Rehabilitation Setting Offers

Mary Lou Jackson, MD


Purpose: To create a vision rehabilitation curriculum for ophthalmology residents.
Methods: A PubMed search of literature from 1960-2009 and was done to search for articles relevant to vision rehabilitation training in residency programs. Websites were also searched. References identified were reviewed and full text articles available retrieved and reviewed. We describe the process whereby a working group of clinicians outlined vision rehabilitation curriculum for ophthalmology residents.
Results: Vision rehabilitation curriculum under each of the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies are outlined, which can allow residents to both learn and demonstrate many elements of the core competencies in addition to learning how their patients can benefit from rehabilitation.
Conclusions: Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation clinics in academic ophthalmology departments are excellent settings for ophthalmology residents to learn more about what vision rehabilitation can offer their patients in addition to learning skills relevant to core competencies such as communication, professionalism and systems-based learning.

Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2010; 3: 15-21. (c) Journal of Academic Ophthalmology

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