Ophthalmology University is focused on providing the motivated adult learner, wanting to be a safe and effective cataract surgeon, the ideal conditions by which they can realize their goal of doing phacoemulsification well.
The OU Cataract Academy Course was designed for you so if you have questions about the course likely other students have had similar questions.
Here are some of the common questions students have asked about the OU Cataract Academy:
Do I have to pay for the full OU Cataract Academy Course at once?
Do I need to take a leave of absence from my practice to take the OU Cataract Academy Course?
Phase 3 will see you perform up to 25 cataract surgeries over a 4-5 weeks period so the final phase of your training will require you to be away for an extended period of time.
Can I complete all the online training modules in a week so as to move on sooner to Phase 2
If you do not complete the weeks modules and pass the exams OU will not send you the next series of modules till you complete the as yet unfinished online modules.
What type of simulator is used in Phase 2
All of your simulation training data will be available to you through OU’s web portal so that you can track your progress at all times.
What is involved with the wet lab portion of Phase 2?
Wet lab and simulation are integrated into a seamless training process whereby with expert mentorship the ideal conditions for learning cataract surgery are established.
What happens if I fail to meet the simulation milestones in Phase 2 which would allow me to go on to perform live cataract surgery in Phase 3?
If you are unable to complete your simulation courses in Phase 2 and wish to move on to perform live surgery at one of our surgical training partner sites you simply have to repeat the Phase 2 step.
Please note a modified fee for repeating Phase 2 will apply.
How do the surgical mentors help me during the OU Cataract Academy?
In Phase 3 during live surgery your mentor will select suitable cataract surgery patients for you relative to your ability at the time. The mentor in live surgery has the dual responsibility of ensuring the safety of the patient at all times but they are there too to be your coach. As such your surgical mentor will patiently guide you through your early cataract surgeries and assist where necessary if you require help.