MSICS Training

SEE surgeons use a procedure called Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) to treat many patients. It’s a quick, self-sealing and fast-healing technique that allows our volunteer teams to perform twice as many surgeries than other manual procedures. Because MSICS is usually only used in areas with limited access to medical equipment, it’s rarely included in traditional ophthalmic training — which is why SEE has been training humanitarian surgeons in the procedure since 2006.

In 2019, SEE conducted 36 MSICS Courses (13 Level 1 and 23 Level 2, 8 of which were in collaboration with our partners at Vision Outreach International). SEE trained 205 residents and board-certified ophthalmologists in the MSICS technique that year.

A Special Thanks From Our Partners in Haiti!

Meet Dr. Emmanuel Samedy, an ophthalmology resident at Hôpital d l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH) in Haiti, who sent us this thank you video in appreciation of SEE’s support of the residents in training at HUEH.

Read more in our blog post about Dr. Samedy.

MSICS experience is required for most international programs. We offer two levels of training: Level 1 Intro and Level 2 Fieldwork.

Level 1

MSICS Level 1 Course

Faculty: Allison Jarstad, D.O., Michael Colvard, M.D., Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A.

Please note: This is an accredited course for board-certified ophthalmologists. Residents may attend, however cannot claim CME

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175 Cremona Drive Suite 100, Goleta, CA 93117
February 5th, 2022

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Level 2

MSICS Level 2 Course at the Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty: Dr. Karla Pamela Gonzalez Daher, Dr. Teresa Diaz Flores

Clinic: Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmologia

The course utilizes Simulation Based Training developed by HelpMeSee, and the participant will have the opportunity to assist a professor in an MSICS case and then practice 1-3 cases while supervised.
Monday – Friday the participant will be at the hospital from 8:00am – 3:00pm.

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I.A.P Circuito Exterior Estadio Corregidora S/N 76090 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
Please contact IMO directly for possible date options:

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MSICS Level 2 Training with Dr. Baah

Faculty: Thomas Baah

Clinic: Save the Nation Sight

This course is free of cost for SEE Affiliates.

You will have the opportunity to complete about 30 surgeries under mentor supervision.

Please note: Dr. Baah prefers when surgeons come for a week or more so they truly understand the technique.

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25 Nii Torgbor Ave, Accra, Ghana
Dates are flexible (COVID permitting)

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There are no courses available

Due to COVID-19, we are unfortunately not hosting any % courses at this time. For updates or more information, please get in touch.

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