We are very enthusiastic about fostering and developing a mutually supportive relationship between our training programs, with the aim of enhancing our trainees’ perspective and understanding of global ophthalmology. We believe there is so much to be gained from experiencing the challenges and triumphs encountered each day in dramatically different clinical settings. Such exposure will provide balance to our existing residency-training program, while allowing our residents to gain experience in collaborating with colleagues with a common mission from across the globe. We envision cultivating an environment where our residents will not only learn new skills and see different conditions, but one where they can share their knowledge and skills with trainees (residents and fellows) at Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology.
Structure of the rotation
- A voluntary 2 week rotation at the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology – the optimal times of year would be between late October/early November and late February/ early March.
- We will avoid the period of January 7 to 15 each year (festival time). When desired, up to 2 residents at a time may attend the rotation.
- Vacation /conference time will be used for the rotation. We have secured generous funding from the Atul Dhablania and Incha Kim Foundation to cover the expensese related to your trip (flight, accommodations, food, tuition, internal travel).
- Interested residents will need to have submitted their requests by Sept or October of the year they plan to go (will need to coordinate here at home and availability at Srikiran, so earlier the better).
- Attend comprehensive, and subspecialty clinics in retina, peds/strabismus, glaucoma, and corneal diseases while at Srikiran
- Gain experience in manual small incision cataract surgery through graded responsibility and mentorship from expert attendings.
- When possible, attend a cataract vision screening camp in rural Andhra Pradesh.
- Prior to attending the rotation, each resident will be asked to think about what he/she can bring to the program. This may include, but not limited to engaging in teaching sessions with trainees at Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, including but not limited to lectures, case discussions, and clinical and surgical care.
- Upon completion of the rotation, each resident will be asked to put together a brief written report of his/her experience at Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, which will be posted to their website. This will provide insights for future residents interested in the program. A presentation to the USC team will be given upon return outlining his/her experiences and perspectives.
- Prior to attending the rotation, the visiting resident will be expected to have practiced fashioning scleral tunnels in our wetlab. At least 10 cases should be done, and will be verified by our one anterior segment or glaucoma surgeons. Gaining facility in this technique is essential prior to attempting small incision cataract surgery.
- We would also like to extend the opportunity for trainees at Srikiran to visit our program as observers. There is significant mutual interest in sharing information, techniques, and approaches. The trainee will observe in clinics, rounds, teaching sessions, etc.
Through Dr. Chandra’s generosity and hospitality, USC residents will be offered a guest room at Dr. Chandra’s home, located on the premises of Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology. Residents can also choose to stay off premises if they choose; however, will be largely responsible for covering their own expenses.
Meals will also be provided.
A visitor’s visa will be required, and will be the resident’s responsibility to acquire ahead of time.
Airfare to India and other incidental costs (supplies, lodging, local transportation) will be covered by the USC residency program.
Travel to Rajahmundry, via Hyderabad will be the most likely path to Andhra Pradesh.
From Rajahmundry, ground transportation will be arranged to Kakinada (roughly 1 hour drive) by the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology.
Residents will be required to acquire travel health insurance providing coverage internationally.
Residents may visit our travel clinic to obtain the appropriate immunizations and infection prophylaxis regimens at their own discretion.