IPOSC DATABASE OF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
This database of training opportunities in Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology is offered as a service to ophthalmic trainees and to Institutions that offer ophthalmic training. All entries appear with the consent of the person in charge of the training program, who has either entered the data or has been asked to check that the entry is correct. IPOSC has not inspected these training programs and it is the responsibility of trainees to check that any program is appropriate for them.
The training opportunities have been divided into fellowships and observerships. We have defined a fellowship as a post in which the trainee has direct clinical responsibility for patient care, both as outpatients and for surgery under supervision. This will generally require that the trainee hold appropriate medical registration and indemnity cover in the host country and be fluent enough in the language of the host country to be able to communicate effectively with patients. It may or may not be paid. Fellowships are commonly for 6 months or a year.
An observer has no clinical responsibility for patient care. They can only observe outpatient consultations and cannot be directly involved in surgical care. No registration or indemnity cover is required. Observerships are generally shorter, from a week to 3 months.
The database is organized so that it can be searched by country of training and title of program. Contact details are given for the person responsible for the training program and any inquiries should be directed to them.