Journal article

Partnering to develop a continuing professional development program in a low-resource setting: Cambodia

Heather G Mack, Ngy Meng, Tanya Parsons, Gerhard Schlenther, Neil Murray, Richard Hart

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY-JOURNAL CANADIEN D OPHTALMOLOGIE | CANADIAN OPHTHAL SOC | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To design and implement a continuing professional development (CPD) program for Cambodian ophthalmologists. DESIGN: Partnering (twinning) between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Cambodian Ophthalmological Society (COS). PARTICIPANTS: Practicing ophthalmologists in Cambodia. METHODS: A conjoint committee comprising 4 ophthalmologists from RANZCO and 3 ophthalmologists from COS was established, supported by a RANZCO administrative team experienced in CPD administration. CPD requirements and recording were adapted from the RANZCO CPD framework. Cambodian ophthalmologists were surveyed during program implementation and after handover t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

All stakeholders within the EAVP are thanked, particularly TFHF. Members of the conjoint steering committee were COS representatives Mar Amarin, Sun Sarin, and Kossama Chukmol, and RANZCO representatives Mark Renehan (Censor-in-Chief), Peter Cooper, Heather Mack, and Richard Hart (Chair). The authors acknowledge the assistance of RANZCO staff and the International Development Committee of RANZCO, and Dr. Alex Hunyor Jr., who delivered program content. All members of the Cambodian Ophthalmological Society are thanked for their participation in the project and survey. The authors recognize the support of the Global Consortium in implementing this project, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Government) for providing the funding to complete this project. Sophie Rogers provided statistical expertise.