New Zealand National Eye Centre Microsurgical Skills Course
Thursday / Friday 30th & 31st March 2023
This intensive, two-day, microsurgical course is particularly useful for developing basic-to-advanced microsurgical skills in ophthalmic surgery for RANZCO first year vocational trainees in Ophthalmology. It will be run under direct supervision of accredited trainers and a total of 4-6 tutors (for six trainees).
A) The wet-lab training will be in the purpose built, Calvin Ring Microsurgical laboratory that is equipped with eight surgical microscopes and work benches, video and microscope observation, and two phaco-machines.
B) Training will be provided on eyelid suturing techniques and basics of ophthalmic surgery instruments plus capsulorrhexis / corneal incision / basic phacoemulsification models.
C) Training will be provided on two Eyesi® virtual reality Surgical simulators – these are high-end virtual reality simulators for intraocular surgery training. The Eyesi® Surgical courseware is a set of preinstalled courses, which offer training at different levels of difficulty. The Eyesi® simulator provides trainees and educators with objective assessment and detailed skill evaluation.
D) Morning teas and afternoon teas will be provided and there will be ample time for group discussion and Q & A.
E) Those who enrol in the course are also able to pursue self-directed (but supervised) use of the EyeSi device for up to 20 hours in the same calendar year at no extra charge.
F) Eyesi sessions are available on Saturday 1 April for those working outside Auckland.
Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March, 2023
New Zealand National Eye Centre, the University of Auckland, Grafton campus, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.
A) A course will be offered later in the year for pre-vocational trainees / NTRs.
B) Additional courses will be offered to ophthalmologists who have completed the basic course, or are in advanced stages of training. This is available for those who wish to undertake refresher courses on uncommon, complex cataract surgery, e.g. capsular tear and anterior vitrectomy etc, or vitreoretinal surgical procedures; this is supervised but can be more self-directed.