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OPHTHALMIC SKILLS UPGRADING TRAINING (OSUC) PROGRAM

Ophthalmic skills  upgrading course (OSUC)was started in the hospital in the year 2007 Through a collaborative effort between the hospital and the ministry of health through the department of ophthalmic services. The course was started mainly to bridge the gap in eye care service provision especially in remote marginalized hard to reach areas. Other long term objectives of the course was to train personnel who will contribute to vision 2020 objective to reduce avoidable blindness.

A total of one hundred and sixty one students have so far been trained from all-overs the country among the total students trained, fifteen southern Sudan nationals have also been trained. Our selection criteria for the sponsored students is based on the need  of their place of work and the availability of funds. However the Hospital also admits self sponsored  and privately sponsored students.

Students sitiing for an exam
OSUC students taking a final qualifying exam

Ophthalmic skills upgrading course at the hospital takes a duration of  three months through which students are equipped with both practical and theoretical   skills in eye care. The traing takes a two hours theory class and a  six hour practical course in different clinical departments of the hospital i.e. the ward, theatre and the outpatient. Evaluation of the students is done on a weekly basis where student sit for  a weekly continuous  assessment test. Other form of evaluations include practical exams and the final qualifying exam.  The hospital has three intakes  in February, May and September with each year's intake graduating in November

Region

No Of Students Trained

Western Province

55

Nyanza Province

24

Coast Province

7

Rift Valley Province

39

Central Province

1

Nairobi Province

1

Eastern Province

5

North Easter Province

13

Southern Sudan

15

Total

160

Graduating Students
Graduating Students

REGISTRARS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI (UON)

The hospital also provides an avenue through which the registrars perform their two months elective in clinical and surgical rotations. Our partnership with the University of Nairobi is crucial in Africa’s capacity development in Ophthalmology.



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