#BOLDR Certification Course in Diabetic Retinopathy

Certification course attendees

 

As part of the #BOLDR project, we have begun a certification course that provides an overview of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy to the following:

  1. Ophthalmologists
  2. General/Family Practitioners

This course will be held in Cochabamba; we may extend it to other cities later.

 

Certification Course for Ophthalmologists:

This course is meant for ophthalmologists, who happen to see patients affected with diabetes in their clinics. The course is meant to give you an overview of diabetic retinopathy, which will help you screen your patients in a better way. It will also help you take better decisions on when to refer patients to the right expert and at the right time.

The course is also meant for those practicing retina as a specialty, since this gives them a broad overview of the diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, and thus will be a refresher. Moreover your presence in the course will allow you to present your thoughts and add to the conversation.

Details:

  • The course lasts 6 months.
  • The course will require you to attend a day of lectures, as well as observe clinics and surgery with the visiting Retina Global retina specialist, who will visit Cochabamba for a week once every 2 months.
  • Lectures will include topics on diabetic retinopathy by visiting Retina Global retina specialists, as well as other topics related to diabetes care by specialists in endocrinology, diabetes, neurology, etc. There will also be interesting case presentations and discussions.
  • In the clinic, you will spend time with the retina specialist examining patients, and discussing diagnostic criteria and treatment strategies.
  • In the operating rooms, you will observe retinal surgeries performed by the retinal specialist.
  • At the discretion of the retina specialist, a few of those attending the course will be trained in laser procedures.
  • At conclusion of 6 months, you will be provided with a certificate of completion of the course.
  • Attendance in the clinics/ORs and in lectures will be monitored – if you miss a significant part of the course, you may not be provided with the certificate, or may be asked to repeat the course.

 

Certification Course for General/Family Practitioners:

This course is meant for General/Family Practitioners who happen to see diabetes patients in their clinics. The course is meant to give you an overview of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, with discussions on latest advancements in diagnosis and management in brief. During the course, ophthalmologists will present topics on diabetes as it affects the eye, including topics such as cataract and diabetic retinopathy in brief. Other topics will cover diabetes management, as well as issues related to nephropathy and neuropathy. The goal of the course is to provide you with validated information about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, which will help you monitor your patients better, as well as make you more aware of the issues that a patient with diabetes can face, thus helping you refer patients to the right expert at the right time when you see any specific signs.

  • This will be one-day evening course, conducted once every 2 months.
  • Lectures will include brief topics on topics related to diabetes as it affects the eye, including brief discussions on cataract and diabetic retinopathy. Lectures will be given by visiting Retina Global retina specialists. Additional lectures on topics such as diabetes and its management will be given by diabetologists / endocrinologists, while a nephrologist will lecture on affect of diabetes on kidney, while a neurologist will discuss on peripheral neuropathy.
  • If you attend the full course, you will be provided with a certificate of completion for the course.

 

Note: All decisions regarding organizing the course and handing the certificates will be taken by Retina Global, in consultation with its local partners.