“Teach a Man to Fish…”
International ophthalmology is about so much more than just performing live surgeries
Steve Charles |
I don’t like the term “medical mission.” I actually recoil when people use it. Over the past 42 years, I have performed live vitreoretinal surgeries in 25 different countries in a variety of venues, but I’m not a missionary – I’m just sharing my surgical experience with my colleagues across the world.
International ophthalmology is never just about doing volume surgery. True international ophthalmology is about a multiplier effect – think of the old adage “teach a man to fish.” If you just perform a load of surgeries, you’re not really helping to improve the status quo, because you’re not leaving much behind. But if you truly partner with your ophthalmology colleagues abroad, you can have a sustainable impact; you can ensure that they can deliver volume care based on your teaching – as well as passing that teaching on to others.
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