Ophthalmology Basic Sciences Course

Jul 12, 2019Education

BASIC COURSE OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
  DR. GUILLERMO PICO SANTIAGO
  San Juan Puerto Rico
2020

 

Course Director: Dr. Luis Serrano (luis.serrano7@upr.edu)
Contact: Miranda Rodriguez (stephanie.miranda2@upr.edu)

BASIC INFORMATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE

I. OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE COURSE:

The Guillermo Picó Santiago Basic Course of Ophthalmology will take place in the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, from January 27 to March 20, 2020. The course is sponsored by the Pan American Ophthalmology Association and the University of Puerto Rico.

II. STUDENT BODY:

           The curriculum is designed for first and second year residents of Ophthalmology. For almost two months the foundations of the science and art of ophthalmology are taught in a systematic and organized manner. It is not a course on clinical advances or specialized techniques. Neither is it a general clinical review, nor a symposium that can be missed by segments. The attendance is compulsory throughout the duration of the course. The course delves into fundamental sciences such as optics and refraction, physiology and ocular embryology and other basic disciplines, to then go to the fundamental concepts of general ophthalmology, with sections of pathology, ocular pediatrics, external diseases and cornea, glaucoma, retina, uveitis, cataract, neuro-ophthalmology, orbit and plastic surgery. Everything is taught by visiting and local professors, recognized internationally as experts. Its purpose is to strengthen the knowledge of the resident, within the framework of his total training.

III. SELECTION OF THE CANDIDATE:

The selection of candidates falls on the joint action of the president of the national society of ophthalmology and the delegates of the Panamerican Association of the country. Once the selection process is concluded, the national medical society will send us an official certification informing the name and address of the selected candidates. We will then proceed to send the student notification of his acceptance to the course along with a form that must be completed and returned to us. The deadline for these credentials to arrive at the Department is November 30, 2019. Only then will it allow sufficient time for the visa procedures to be completed. I-20 procedures will be done through the Registrar’s Office (once all documents are sent to us) and they will send the I-20 forms to the Ophthalmology Society or Embassy of your country (as applicable) so that can manage the student visa (F-1).

IV. CREDENTIALS REQUIRED:

1. Letter of recommendation from the head of the ophthalmology service where he resides.
2. Diploma of graduation as a doctor
3. Basic course form completed
4. Two recent photos 4 x 5 cm. passport type
5. Medical certificate with VDRL copy and reading chest plate

V. OBLIGATIONS:

All participants must make the following payments in U.S dollars: Enrollment University of Puerto Rico: $ 300.00; Course registration fee: $ 1,000. In addition, it is a fundamental requirement that each one have medical insurance. Medical insurance can be provided by the University, at a cost of approximately $ 600.00. Also, it can be brought by the student from his point of origin. In this case, the insurance must be accompanied by an official insurance certificate that guarantees health coverage in Puerto Rico (not only trauma, but also illnesses) and on the dates pertinent to the Course. If you do not present this evidence upon arrival, you will be required to pay for local medical insurance in order to enroll.

VI. CERTIFICATION:

At the end of the Course, participants who have documented their attendance will receive a Diploma or certificate of participation. If the participant is absent for five sessions or more of conferences, the certificate of participation will not be issued.