The Necessity of Ongoing Ophthalmic Education
As a practicing ophthalmologist, we know you've survived years upon years of intense undergraduate and graduate training. You've no doubt worked hard for your doctoral degree and are well-deserving of your successes. It's therefore likely that the last thing on your "to-do" list is to complete even more education and training, on top of running your practice.
However, envisioning yourself as a continual learner is essential for operating a successful ophthalmic practice. This doesn't mean that practicing ophthalmologists necessarily need to sign up for additional college courses or training programs; rather, continued learning can be the result of self-guided discovery, made possible by a breadth of new online resources.
These include a wide range of Master Class video and audio lessons from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and over 500 ophthalmology videos from the Wills Eye Hospital, all of which are available for free. Additionally, the International Council on Ophthalmology's on-demand recordings of the World Ophthalmology Congresses can give ophthalmologists any-time access to meetings of the world's leaders in ophthalmology. OphthalmologyWeb also features a collection of articles, videos, and information about common ophthalmic products, while the Root Eye Network provides helpful overviews of specific ophthalmic procedures.
Almost all of the online resources that ophthalmologists will find are completely free of charge, and the select resources that do require a fee only ask for a minimal amount. This means that continuing your education in a self-paced fashion doesn't have to come at a significant cost.
Why is taking advantage of these free, flexible educational opportunities so important?
By doing so, you'll be able to benefit from:
- - Tips for ensuring better surgical outcomes
- - Detailed introductions for new procedures and surgeries
- - Access to cutting-edge research that could better inform your care
- - Refreshers on best-practice techniques
- - Answers to technical questions
- - Information about new, more advanced technical instruments
By electing to spend time each day or week reviewing these ophthalmic online resources, you'll ultimately be able to offer your patients a better level of care, and there should be no greater motivation than that.