Institute of Ophthalmology
THE INSTITUTE
The ratio of eye specialists available in India to the target population is itself an empathetic declaration of the crying need to have more trained personnel. With abundance of clinical material, competent faculty, adequate infrastructure, bed strength of 450, qualified staff, state-of-art equipment and teaching facilities, the Institute of Ophthalmology has been producing highly trained competent eye care personnel since 1978.

Since then, the hospital has been training batches of Post Graduates in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Technicians, Ophthalmic Nurses, Camp Organizers and field workers.

Objective
India has the one third of world's blind and the highest rate of blindness due to malnutrition, less awareness, injuries and infections. The irony is a high percentage of this blindness could have been prevented or cured by appropriate intervention. However prevention of blindness very much suffers from availability of specialized personnel.

The inappropriateness of our health care delivery system has widened the gap between demand and supply of health care services. Healthcare is focused towards urban whereas three quarter of our population concentrated in villages. The adaptation of specialist education to meet the challenges of rural health has become an emphasis and a major need.

The main objective of this Institute is to impart education of the highest standard in the art and science of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery in a holistic approach to equip the persons involved with the spirit of service in curing blindness and promoting the eye health in full recognition of the moral and spiritual basis of life, in relation to eye health.

The training that is offered in the Institute is so designed, that when the candidates graduate, they are able to provide total medical and surgical eye care independently, either in a rural area or in our urban Institution. They are enhanced to evolve strategies for outreach programme to implement community eye health care to prevent blindness among infants and adults in addition to restructuring the life-styles of the incurable blind.
AFFILIATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
1. Affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University as a Postgraduate Teaching centre for Diploma in ophthalmology and M.S. Degree in Ophthalmology.
2. Recognized by the Medical Council of India for senior house Surgeon in Ophthalmology, Diploma in Ophthalmology and M.S. in Ophthalmology.
3. Recognized by the National Board of Examinations as a postgraduate Centre for Degree of Diplomate of the National Board in Ophthalmology.

Courses and Calendar for Admission

Course
Duration
Commences at
MS in Ophthalmology
3 years after M.B.B.S and 2 years after D.O.
April
Diploma in Ophthalmology
2 years
April
Diplomate of the National board (DNB)
3 years, after completion of Part I examination and 2 years after Diploma
January / July
Surgical training in small incision surgery and Phaco emulsification
1 month
Every month
Fellowship in cornea
2 months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov
Fellowship in medical retina and lasers
2 months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov
Fellowship in glaucoma
2 months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov

SELECTION PROCESS
1. M.S. in Ophthalmology and Diploma in Ophthalmology

1. M.B.B.S., Degree or Diploma in Ophthalmology of Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University or of any other University recognized as equivalent by the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and the Indian Medical Council.
2. Should have obtained full registration with the Indian Medical Council.

2.Degree of Diplomate of National Board (DNB)in Ophthalmology
Candidates are required to pass two separate examinations, Primary and Final

Primary

1. M.B.B.S. Degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University or any other University recognized as equivalent by the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and the Indian Medical Council.
2. Should have obtained full registration with the Indian Medical Council.
3. Should have passed the Primary Examination.


Candidates possessing Postgraduate qualification in any speciality (post diploma in ophthalmology) obtained from the Universities recognized by the Medical Council of India in any of the Board Specialities will be exempted from the Primary Examination. They may appear directly for the final examination.

3. Surgical training in SICS/Phaco
Postgraduation degree / diploma in Ophthalmology with experience in micro surgery. Selected candidates will receive training in basic SIC/ Phaco techniques

4. Fellowship in cornea/ medical retina and lasers/ glaucoma
Postgraduation degree / diploma in Ophthalmology

c) Diplomateof the National Board
The Examinations will be held twice a year in January and July and will commence on the first Monday. If it is a public holiday, the examination will commence on the next working day.

There will be two separate examinations, Primary and Final. The examinations can not be taken concurrently. A candidate, who is declared successful in theory but fails in practical, can avail two further chances to appear for practical examination.

The candidate must complete the Final examination within a period of 8 years after completing Primary. The examination will be conducted each year in two parts.

Part I:

Two papers of multiple choice/ short answer / essay type questions for three hours durations each.

Part II:

a. Three papers of multiple choice/short answers/essay type questions of 3 hours duration each.
 
Paper I: General Ophthalmology including Ocular Pathology & Medical Ophthalmology
Paper II: General Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery
Paper III: Ophthalmic specialities
b. Clinical
c. Viva Voce
Candidates failing in written examinations will not be allowed to take clinical and viva.

FACILITIES PROVIDED
Resource Centre
A good library with Medical and Ophthalmic text books & reference books, and literature supplemented by Medical Journals, Foreign and Indian, with special emphasis in ophthalmology are available for the students. Museum with specimens that would aid their study has also been created. Audio-visual aids that fit into modern teaching methods are also provided.

Promotional Activities
Students are encouraged to participate in daily clinical meeting, weekly journal club meeting and periodical symposiums. The monthly meeting of the Tiruchy Ophthalmological Society being held in this Institute provides a unique opportunity for the candidates to gain immeasurable knowledge on the specialty through exchange of thoughts with a gathering of experienced specialists in Ophthalmology.

Collaboration
Hosting of outstanding visiting surgeons from abroad and India by the Institute on specific assignments, enables the candidates to meet these experts and share their expertise. The International Center for Community Eye Health would give the candidates an opportunity to learn the changing trends in eye health.

Computer Training
Computers have occupied everyone's day-to-day life. The growth of telemedicine made this crucial to medical professionals, and now it has become essential to posses some knowledge about computers. Keeping this in mind the institute arranges training programs to the candidates in computer usage.


Internet centre
This institute has provided net browsing facilities to the students through the high speed DSL facility.

Accommodation

The Institute provides furnished accommodation for students inside the Hospital campus. Separate accommodation is available for optometry students.

OBTAINING APPLICATION FORM AND PROSPECTUS
(Applications for M.S. and D.O courses now being issued)

a)
MS Degree in Ophthalmology
Diploma in Ophthalmology
Diplomate of the National Board

Application Form and Prospectus can be obtained from the Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, on request through post or in person by payment of Rs.1000/-, through a crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of "Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli ".

The application form, duly filled in should be submitted along with the required documents and a Demand Draft for Rs.600/- towards non-refundable registration fee drawn in favour of "Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli".

No correspondence regarding Selection and Admission will be entertained. The decision of the Selection Committee is Final.

The completed application form with all the enclosures should reach "The Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli-620 001", on or before the prescribed date.

Note: The period of training is strictly full time and continuous. Private practice in any form during the pendency of the course is strictly prohibited.

b) For Certificate Course in Ophthalmic Technology and Bachelor in Optometry course

1.
Application form duly filled in should be forwarded to the "Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli-620 001" on or before the prescribed date.
2. Candidates should have passed PUC or XII Standard or its equivalent examination with Science Subjects as electives preferably.


c)For Fellowship in Anterior segment and in-service surgical training course in small incision cataract surgery and Phaco emulsification, application should be forwarded to "The Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli, on or before the prescribed date.

For further information contact
Dr. Amjad Salman,
Registrar

Institute of Ophthalmology - Joseph Eye Hospital,
Tiruchirapalli - 620001, Tamil Nadu, S.India.
Email : registrarjeh@dishnetdsl.net
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