Sightsavers India Fellowship is an opportunity for promising and passionate young ophthalmologists to get trained at some of the leading eye health institutes in India. Alongside, the fellows will get a chance to apply these skills and knowledge in a real-world scenario while being placed under Sightsavers India Eye Health Programme. The program identifies promising young ophthalmologists from India and groom them through an innovative course to enhance their perspectives on rural eye health.
Over the period of 24 months, the fellows experience a structured skill enhancement and mentoring process covering not only clinical and surgical ophthalmology but also managerial and holistic life skills. The process involves skills upgradation components and personal interactions with eminent leaders in eye care and development sector. Every stage of the fellowship program optimizes learning that helps the fellows transform into all-rounded seasoned professionals.
*Cataract surgeries and exposure to commonly encountered anterior segment procedures such as DCT,
Pterygium, Corneal Ulcer management, Intravitreal antibiotic, Anterior vitrectomy and lid surgeries
The individual should be a post-graduate or a diploma holder in ophthalmology (MS/DNB/DO) from any recognized institute/university in India (current year pass outs are eligible to apply), having sound knowledge on clinical ophthalmology.
High learning orientation, adaptability, professional ethics and emotional resilience.
At host hospitals in district(s) of one of these States for hands-on learning experience
Applicants need to submit the application form
The decision of Sightsavers India management will be final.
I joined in 2022 batch. Sightsavers India Fellowship is unique program and exactly what I needed. It started with a basic training period of four months which includes OPD exposure, outreach camps and mostly basic SICS training. I also had an opportunity to take part in RAAB survey during the course which was a learning experience. Right now, I am posted in the host hospital where I am doing small incision cataract surgeries (SICS) and improving my clinical skills. I am very thankful for this program for giving me dynamic opportunity for learning and growing as a clinician and surgeon.
As a Sightsavers Fellow after getting trained in one of the finest training institutes in the country, I could perform good number of small incision cataract surgeries (SICS) and Phacoemulsification surgeries alongside one senior surgeon and independently. This program gave me the opportunity to work at a high-volume center where I could do large number of surgeries and contribute towards reduction of blindness prevalence among the rural communities. Apart from clinical and surgical exposure, I was also involved in the decision making for the growth of the hospital. I am thankful to Sightsavers for the opportunity to be part of the program and learn and serve.
Sightsavers India Fellowship is a great program and of a very different kind. You must think out-of-the-box to endure all kinds of personality and surgical challenges to adapt to the given situation giving a wholesome experience. Being part of this fellowship has made me surgically confident while performing small incision cataract surgeries (SICS), a better clinician and developed my hospital management skills set. I hope to have a much bigger impact to the underserved population of this country in the future.
Sightsavers India Fellowship Program is designed to instill confidence in us and monitors our growth throughout the fellowship. My surgical training started from the first month where initially I was supervised to perform small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and gradually started performing independently. I got the opportunity to participate in RAAB survey, which was conducted in Samastipur, Bihar. Posting at the peripheral location is vital in building our capacity and skills not just as a surgeon but also as a rounded professional. Joining this fellowship will help the future fellows to become an independent cataract surgeon and provide opportunity for them to grow as a comprehensive ophthalmologist.
I am a part of Sightsavers fellowship and am deeply grateful to have got this opportunity. It has been an amazing experience in terms of growth, learning and over all self-development. From the outstanding training to RAAB survey to host placement, I have gained a lot of experience in terms of surgeries and academic skills. Constant support via regular reviews, mental resilience workshop and the most co-operative environment has made this journey so smooth and cherish able. I would recommend my co-ophthalmologists to join this fellowship to enhance their surgical learning and enrich themselves with ground level experience of the ophthalmology practice in India.
Sightsavers fellowship program started with four months training at a leading eye institute where I could improvise upon my clinical and surgical skills while learning directly from the experts. I have gained a lot of confidence in doing cataract surgery as well as manage outpatients. This program has helped me not only with the surgical training but also to emerge as a more confident and resilient personality. Participation in Samastipur RAAB was lifechanging experience for me wherein I witnessed challenges faced by rural poor to access healthcare. I am thankful to Sightsavers for all the support and encouragement provided to me during the whole process. I recommend this fellowship program to anyone looking to improvise his or her clinical and surgical skills and to develop as a confident and comprehensive eye surgeon.