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Fred Hollows Foundation Partners with ICO to Expand Fellowship Training in Ophthalmic Subspecialties

Posted on July 27, 2012
Topic: Education, ICO Programs and Initiatives, Ophthalmology Residency Education, Subspecialty Education

The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) has awarded a three-year grant to the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), forming a partnership to offer expanded fellowships to ophthalmologists from developing countries for training in ophthalmology subspecialties.

From 2012 to 2014, the ICO will offer 28 ICO/FHF three-month fellowships to ophthalmologists from developing countries where the FHF is active. These fellowships will provide  opportunities for young ophthalmologists from developing countries to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives.

The grant from FHF will also support 27 one-year subspecialty fellowships to be offered from 2012 to 2014 for ophthalmologists from developing countries. Fellows will then be able to provide subspecialty care within their countries, participate in the development of effective ophthalmology residency programs, and teach residents.
 
"Since 2000, the ICO has awarded more than 585 Fellowships," Dr.De Laey said, ICO Vice President.  "This allows promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries to bring acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision."
 
"The ICO will announce when One-Year Subspecialty Fellowship applications can be submitted," he said. 
 
For more information on the FHF grant go to: www.icoph.org/downloads/FHF-ICO-Fellowships-Announcement-July-2012.pdf.

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