Alcon announced it is expanding its support of eye care professionals through the launch of a one-of-a-kind training opportunity, the Alcon Retina Fellows Institute. The unique educational offering supports retina fellows during a weekend-long training at the Alcon Experience Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The inaugural program, which took place earlier this month, invited 40 fellow attendees to enhance their education through experiential surgical trainings. This hands-on program emphasizes well-rounded learning over lecturing by featuring the latest innovations in retina surgery led by a small group of world-class faculty.
“At Alcon, we believe that as the leader in eye care, we are responsible for supporting the surgeons of tomorrow in every step of their education so they are armed with the knowledge they need to achieve the best-possible patient outcomes,” Jim Di Filippo, General Manager, US Surgical, Alcon, said in a company news release. “The Alcon Retina Fellows Institute is just one facet of our long-running partnership with the retina community, and we are pleased to be sharing our facilities and technologies, along with best-in-class faculty, to deliver a premier learning experience for future surgical retina leaders.”
The dynamic training program aims to create well-rounded fellows by bridging gaps in education and experience with hands-on trainings for key procedures in a surgical laboratory setting. The program is split into a variety of segments during which participants rotate through a schedule of lessons ranging from fluidics and sutureless IOLs, to the ergonomics of operating room setup and independent surgery. Each fellow is offered the chance to actively learn the latest techniques in face-to-face trainings with an elite faculty of retina specialists.
“I am honored to have taken part in planning the inaugural Alcon Retina Fellows Institute course,” said Dr. Yannek Leiderman, Course Director, Alcon Retina Fellows Institute. “Having the opportunity to teach and mentor fellows in this first-in-class program was a unique and inspiring experience. I’m honored to be able to play a role in training the next generation of exceptionally talented retinal surgeons.”
The Alcon Retina Fellows Institute will be an annual event in which attendees have the opportunity to visit the Alcon Experience Center in Fort Worth, a state-of-the-art facility providing eye care professionals with comprehensive eye health education, hands-on experiential learning opportunities and cutting-edge virtual reality technology for an immersive training experience, according to a Alcon news release.
Additional Alcon Experience Centers can be found in Spain (Barcelona), Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), Australia (Sydney), Colombia (Bogotá), and soon to be in Brazil (São Paulo) and China (Beijing).