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Eye (Lond). 2013 Jun;27(6):742-6. doi: 10.1038/eye.2013.54. Epub 2013 Apr 19.

Intensive cataract training: a novel approach.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the safety of an intensive cataract surgery training programme.

METHODS:

An intensive cataract surgery training programme was implemented in August 2010 for year 3 ophthalmology trainees in the East Midlands Deanery North Rotation (United Kingdom). Trainees participated in extra-ocular surgery and 50 h of virtual reality cataract surgery simulator training over a 2-year period. Their third year comprised 6 months of intensive phacoemulsification training in a tertiary centre followed by a 6-month period of consolidation in a district general hospital. The complication rates and case numbers were evaluated after the first 2 years of implementation.

RESULTS:

At 2 years, three trainees had completed a full year of intensive training. In the first 6 months of training, Trainee 1 completed 156 cases, Trainee 2 completed 194 cases, and Trainee 3 completed 151 full cases as primary surgeons with an average rate of posterior capsule rupture (PCR) of 1%. At 12 months, Trainee 1 completed 291, Trainee 2 completed 318, and Trainee 3 completed 294 cases, with an average PCR rate of 0.66%. The trainees required 84 lists on average to complete 150 full cataract procedures.

CONCLUSION:

The combination of simulation and the new intensive training programme is safer than the traditional programme for cataract surgery training.

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