Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF ADVANCEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE OF UNDERGRADUATES ATTENDING OPHTHALMIC OT

Author(s): Batreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Mallidi Rachana

BACKGROUND Ophthalmology is a subject where surgical techniques are continuously changing and advancing rapidly.1,2,3 Passing on the knowledge and skills of new techniques to succeeding generations effectively is both a responsibility and necessity of teachers and trainers in the field.4 This study was conducted to assess the knowledge gained by the undergraduates during the ophthalmic OT posting, to collect the feedback and identify gaps in their training and thus improve the teaching and learning activity. METHODS This is a cross sectional study done among 250 undergraduate students who have completed their ophthalmic OT posting with a self-administered questionnaire. RESULTS Majority have answered correctly regarding quantity of cataract surgeries being done per day, but very few have seen surgeries other than cataract. Majority were able to follow the cataract surgery steps by watching through CC TV with difficulty to understand few steps. CONCLUSIONS Most of the students are satisfied but believe that there is a further need for improvement of teaching, providing audio aids of ongoing surgery, allowing the students to watch surgery through observing microscope. Lesser evidence of other surgeries might be because of the reason that most of them are being done after their OT hours (after 12 pm).