OU’s Holistic Training Approach


When you enroll in the OU Cataract Academy what you are embarking upon is a systematic training process that is deliberately designed to touch every aspect of adult learning. The underlying educational elements are what Ophthalmology University calls K.A.M.P.


DR. Ivo Ferreira teaches a student proper phaco surgery technique using EYESI Surgical Simulator

At Ophthalmology University we sincerely believe once you have acquired your K.A.M.P your full potentail as a cataract surgeon can be unlocked. So how does the OU Cataract Academy help you acquire your K.A.M.P?

When you enroll in the OU Cataract Academy you will be guided through a 3 phase training process. Each phase is carefully designed to ensure you acquire the intellectual appreciation for why phacomulsification during cataract surgery is done in a specific way for patient safety and optimal visual outcomes.

Likely when you enroll in the OU Cataract Academy you have already completed a residency or maybe even have been in practice for some time but are not doing phacomulsification yet.

You will quickly discover that the OU Cataract Academy is fundamentally different from learning cataract surgery in your residency. In this adult learning environment you are decoupled from the clinical care responsibilities that accompanies residency.

Furthermore your mentors are trained in the most progressive adult learning techniques and are present solely to help you learn phacomulsification.

Accordingly what takes shape is a “concierge service” for learning cataract surgery in a setting that is focused on your learning needs.

Training Stage Time frame of training Location of training Mode of Training
PHASE 1 8-10 weeks Online 18 online modules with mandatory exams after each module
PHASE 2 1 week At certified OU training facility Structured simulation & wet lab practice with a dedicated surgical mentor working beside you daily
PHASE 3 +++ 4-5 weeks At an OU surgical training partner site Live Cataract surgery where you will perform up to 25 cataract surgeries on patients at an OU surgical training partner site

+++ Phase 3 is only avialable to OU students who successfully fulfil the training milestones of Phase 2.