The Importance of role of Optometry in the delivery of ophthalmic care has been well established. For our growing population more optometrists are needed to care for those in need. Though there are excellent institutions providing quality education, hands on exposure to practical aspects of Optometry is sometimes lacking. To bridge this gap, we offer one/ two year fellowship programme in Optometry which will provide comprehensive hands on experience to the budding Optometrists which will make them self reliant in individual or institution practice. The summary of the program is as follows.
The new curriculum to induct students who have completed their third year and wish to do the internship outside as a part of our Fellow ship program (Lateral entry) which was started from 2009 – 2010 academic year has been well accepted by the students .
Candidates who have passed Bachelor in Optometry with an aggregate of 60% marks. The Duration of the course would be 1 Year for those who have completed degree program in Optometry and 2 Years for those who have completed Diploma in Optometry
Candidates who have successfully completed third year (sixth semester) in Bachelor in Optometry program with an aggregate of 60% marks.
During the Fellowship students will be rotated in all sub specialities’ like Refraction, Contact lenses, Lasik, Biometry, Glaucoma, Orthoptics, Retina diagnostics, Cornea, Low vision and Community Ophthalmology. Theory classes will also be held parallely covering all relevant aspects. Clinical skills in using state of the art equipments in all subspecialty would also be taught. Stipend of Rs.3500/- will be paid monthly to the candidate.
During the Internship-Fellowship program, in the first year(internship) they will be simultaneously taught both the theoretical & practical aspects in optometry as mentioned in the curriculum .After the successful completion of internship, in the second year, students will be given free hand in taking care of regular out patients & all diagnostic procedures. Besides, they have to be involved in the routine academic activities of the Optometry department. Though they will not be paid any stipend during the internship period, a monthly stipend of Rs.3500/- will be paid in fellowship period.
Free accommodation and subsidized boarding will be provided during their entire period of stay.
After completing the Fellowship, they will be absorbed in any one of our hospitals for a period of one / two years as a full time Optometrist with a proper pay package and other perks.
During the entire period of their stay, free accommodation & subsidized food will be provided. These academic sessions will start from July every year. Since 2006 more than 200 students have successfully completed the Fellowship program and got placed at our own centres and other leading eye hospitals and multinationals.
Interested candidates can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the admission process.
Students will be selected based on an objective examination and interview, which will be based on optometry topics which were covered up to 6thsemester.
Rotational postings and simultaneous training will be provided at all the branches. There will be weekly, quarterly and annual assessment on the theoretical and practical performance of each candidate.