For healthcare professionals

Start: 19:30 3rd September 2020
End: 20:45 3rd September 2020


A Vision of Ophthalmic Surgical Training for the 21st Century

Speak­er: Mr John Ferris

The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has result­ed in a pro­longed break from surgery for almost all oph­thal­mol­o­gists across the world. As sur­gi­cal ser­vices are slow­ly being resumed there has been much dis­cus­sion about how we should pre­pare our­selves for return­ing to live surgery and in par­tic­u­lar the role of sim­u­la­tion in this process.
This webi­nar will first­ly look at the grow­ing evi­dence sup­port­ing the use of sim­u­la­tion to improve the safe­ty and effi­ca­cy of oph­thalmic sur­gi­cal train­ing and then go on to demon­strate how sim­u­la­tion can be used to teach and main­tain sur­gi­cal skills in cataract, corneal, glau­co­ma, VR and stra­bis­mus surgery. There will be an empha­sis on the prac­ti­cal aspects of how to pro­vide high fideli­ty sur­gi­cal sim­u­la­tion, includ­ing the man­age­ment of sur­gi­cal com­pli­ca­tions, for all grades of sur­geons and how the Thea team can sup­port you in the deliv­ery of sim­u­la­tion training.

John Fer­ris trained at the West­ern Eye Hos­pi­tal, Addenbrooke’s Hos­pi­tal in Cam­bridge, Moor­fields Eye Hos­pi­tal and the Roy­al Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne. He is a Con­sul­tant Oph­thal­mol­o­gist in the Glouces­ter­shire Eye Unit with a spe­cial inter­est in stra­bis­mus and sur­gi­cal train­ing. He has been the Head of the School of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy in the Sev­ern Dean­ery since 2011 and is cur­rent­ly the Roy­al Col­lege of Oph­thal­mol­o­gists’ Lead for Nation­al Recruit­ment of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy Trainees. He is the author of 3 text­books, Basic Sci­ences in Oph­thal­mol­o­gy (BMJ Pub­lish­ing 2nd ed 1999), Essen­tial Med­ical Oph­thal­mol­o­gy (But­ter­worth Heine­mann 2001) and Stra­bis­mus Surgery (Sur­gi­cal Tech­niques in Oph­thal­mol­o­gy series – Else­vi­er 2007). Stra­bis­mus Surgery was the first video atlas of stra­bis­mus surgery and fea­tured some of the sim­u­la­tion pro­to­types, that have since been refined, and are fea­tured on this web­site. He organ­ised the first con­fer­ence based Stra­bis­mus Surgery Work­shop at the WCPOS in Milan 2012 and was invit­ed to run a sim­i­lar work­shop at the AAPOS meet­ing in Boston 2013. In 2012 he launched Squint​Clin​ic​.com, which is now the world’s most pop­u­lar patient infor­ma­tion web­site for patients with strabismus.