As a national eye centre that emphasises ophthalmic education as a key strategic focus, the SNEC trains one in two ophthalmologists in Singapore and drives education research and faculty development by collaborating with academic institutes. It also puts together an annual calendar of ophthalmic educational programmes to help ophthalmic healthcare professionals improve their capabilities in the field.
With the introduction of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme (EYE ACP) under the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre umbrella in 2012, SNEC has transformed its education programmes to deliver more competency-based and skill development training. It continues to develop new training programmes that will benefit ophthalmologists and eye care professionals in Asia and beyond. It is leveraging on new pedagogical and simulation-based training methods in these programmes for the delivery of high quality eye care. The Centre is also actively developing ophthalmic nursing-related training and evolving its educational activities to offer continuous learning opportunities to all levels of eye care professionals.
In 2014, SNEC saw significant progress in its education development. Its training programmes were validated through joint fellowships with the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium (CEHC). The Centre’s Allied Health training programmes for Ophthalmic Assistants and Technicians were also accredited by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO).
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