Twenty years of International Council of Ophthalmology fellowships: description of the programme and the impact on more than 1100 awardees
Emilio A Torres-Netto, Cordula Gabel-Obermaier, Peter Gabel, Balder Gloor, Peter Wiedemann, Hugh Taylor, Clare Davey, Nicola Quilter, Berthold Seitz
BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) offers fellowship programmes to help young ophthalmologists, mainly from low-resource countries, improve their practical or research skills in ophthalmology subspecialty areas. Using questionnaires, the objective of the present study was to evaluate how the ICO Fellowship Programme has impacted on improving knowledge, skills and the careers of young ophthalmologists from low-resource countries. METHODS: From 2001 to 2019 overall 1140 ICO fellowships were awarded. A questionnaire was sent to ICO fellows after the conclusion of their fellowship and another 3 years later. Part 1 contained 26 questions, while Part 2 had 21 questio..View full abstract
Torres-Netto was recipient of the inaugural International Council of Ophthalmology Advanced Research Fellowship Award. Theother authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.