Courses and Trainings

MSICS Course Training

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.

To be placed on the list of interested participants or for more information email us at programs@seeintl.org.

 

Level 1:

Since 2006, SEE International has been offering its volunteers an opportunity to improve their skills in the manual methods of cataract removal by organizing a 1 day Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) training course which features a lecture and wet lab. Taught by experienced faculty, SEE’s Level 1 MSICS Course is ideal for board certified ophthalmologists looking to participate on a SEE campaign or residents in their final year of training eager to become involved in humanitarian ophthalmology. CME units are available.

Course Locations Include:
Santa Barbara, CA
Philadelphia, PA in partnership with the Wills Eye Hospital
Minneapolis, MN in partnership with the University of Minnesota
New York City in partnership with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai
London, UK in partnership with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Level 2:

SEE International also offers MSICS training opportunities for our volunteers who are interested in developing their skills directly in the field. Participants  learn how to apply their skills by performing cataract surgery under faculty supervision. These multi-day courses are ideal for those that have already completed SEE’s Level 1 Course. Through our collaboration with Vision Outreach International, SEE International Volunteers can sign up for such programs in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Additional opportunities are available in Kolkata & Siliguri, India and Querétaro, Mexico.

To be placed on the list of interested participants or for more information, email programs@seeintl.org.

Upcoming Opportunities

SEE International offers MSICS courses throughout the year, both internationally and domestically in the U.S. Please contact our Education & Training Division if you have any questions about MSICS courses at programs@seeintl.org.


Hawaiian Eye Meeting

January 17, 2018

SEE and the Hawaiian Eye Foundation will hold a lecture on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), the cataract extraction procedure commonly used on SEE programs, at the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Santa Barbara, CA

February 3, 2018

Learn how to be a humanitarian surgeon with SEE! We are offering a course on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), the cataract extraction procedure commonly used during SEE’s international programs. The course will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 8:30 AM – 4 PM at the Loma Pelona Center at UC Santa Barbara. 

Minneapolis, MN

April 7, 2018

Learn how to be a humanitarian surgeon with SEE! We are offering a course on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), the cataract extraction procedure commonly used on SEE campaigns. The course will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the University of Minnesota. More details to come.

London, UK

June 14, 2018

Learn how to be a humanitarian surgeon with SEE! We are offering a course on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), the cataract extraction procedure commonly used during SEE’s international programs. The course will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 9 AM – 4 PM at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London. Dr. Geoff Tabin will be teaching at this course.

Held separately from the course, there will be a global ophthalmology seminar following the course on Friday, June 15, 2018.

India, Kolkata

Flexible Dates

Train with Dr. Bikas Bhattacharya in this hands-on three-day course. Perfect for those who have taken a SEE MSICS Level 1 course and would like more training. Spots available for two surgeons per trip.

Mexico, Querétaro

2018 Dates TBD

Work with MSICS experts at the Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology during a 4-day intensive course in Querétaro, Mexico (about 2 hours north of Mexico City). Ability to have 3 participants per course. Dates to be determined.

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