Courses & Trainings

Courses & Trainings

What is MSICS?

Because developing countries often lack the infrastructure needed for widespread use of sophisticated medical equipment, surgeons primarily use manual procedures to remove cataracts. SEE International uses the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) procedure, which allows doctors to perform surgeries with much smaller incisions than would otherwise be possible. These incisions are also self-sealing, making sutures unnecessary. SEE International’s volunteer surgeons, can thus perform twice as many surgeries in the same amount of time as older methods. In addition, patients typically show greater improvement in vision and shorter healing periods with MSICS than with other manual procedures.

As part of SEE International’s ongoing commitment to patient care and its volunteer ophthalmologists, SEE has trained ophthalmologists in the technique since 2006. Options for training include two different levels. Level 1 is a one-day course and wet lab for those new to the technique. Level 2 is a multi-day course for those who would like more hands-on training in the field.


Level 1: Introduction to MSICS

Learn how to be a humanitarian surgeon with SEE! This one day lecture & wet lab course is ideal for board certified ophthalmologists  or residents in their final year of training eager to become involved in humanitarian ophthalmology. CME units are available.

Frequent Course Locations: Santa Barbara, CA; Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai, New York, NY;  and Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, UK. 

Level 2: Develop Your Skills in the Field

Participants  learn how to apply their MSICS skills by performing cataract surgery under faculty supervision. These multi-day courses are ideal for those that have already completed SEE’s Level 1 MSICS Course.

Course Locations Include: Kolkata & Siliguri, India and Querétaro, Mexico; Honduras and the Dominican Republic with Vision Outreach International.

Ghana, Accra

Level 2 Course with Dr. Thomas Baah.

Dates are flexible, he will work with the participant’s schedule.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

India, Bankrishnapur

Level 2 Course with Dr. Bikas Bhattacharya.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

India, Siliguri

Level 2 course with Dr. Janak Shah.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

Mexico, Querétaro

Level 2 course with Dr. Pamela Gonzalez & Dr. Jaime Macias at the Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmologia.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

VOI Courses

Dominican Republic:

Level 2 course with Dr. Carlos Gomez (2 surgical days)

Honduras:

Level 2 course with Dr. Mejia (2 1/2 surgical days)

Guatemala:

Level 2 course with Dr. Bert Bowden (4 surgical days)

These courses are run by Vision Outreach International. You can contact them here for the 2020 dates.

Level 1: Introduction to MSICS

Learn how to be a humanitarian surgeon with SEE! This one day lecture & wet lab course is ideal for board certified ophthalmologists  or residents in their final year of training eager to become involved in humanitarian ophthalmology. CME units are available.

Frequent Course Locations: Santa Barbara, CA; Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai, New York, NY;  and Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, UK. 

Level 2: Develop Your Skills in the Field

Participants  learn how to apply their MSICS skills by performing cataract surgery under faculty supervision. These multi-day courses are ideal for those that have already completed SEE’s Level 1 MSICS Course.

Course Locations Include: Kolkata & Siliguri, India and Querétaro, Mexico; Honduras and the Dominican Republic with Vision Outreach International.

Ghana, Accra

Level 2 Course with Dr. Thomas Baah.

Dates are flexible, he will work with the participant’s schedule.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

India, Bankrishnapur

Level 2 Course with Dr. Bikas Bhattacharya.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

India, Siliguri

Level 2 course with Dr. Janak Shah.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

Mexico, Querétaro

Level 2 course with Dr. Pamela Gonzalez & Dr. Jaime Macias at the Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmologia.

For more information, contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org.

VOI Courses

Dominican Republic:

Level 2 course with Dr. Carlos Gomez (2 surgical days)

Honduras:

Level 2 course with Dr. Mejia (2 1/2 surgical days)

Guatemala:

Level 2 course with Dr. Bert Bowden (4 surgical days)

These courses are run by Vision Outreach International. You can contact them here for the 2020 dates.


More Information

Please contact Caitlin Jonov at caitlin@seeintl.org if you have any questions.

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