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Teaching – and Learning – Reimagined

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  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists reports that 75 percent of UK eye clinics are struggling to provide the service required by their local population
  • Ophthalmic training needs to meet increased demand, and reflect shifts in technology and patient demographics
  • Educators need to prepare the workforce for uncertainty that comes with AI – while also instil within them the flexibility required to harness technological innovation
  • Continual assessment of our curricula is essential. And by letting educationalists drive how technology is used in the education setting, rather than the other way around, we can – and will – meet today’s healthcare needs.

We are extremely fortunate to live in a time where there is so much information and research available to address ophthalmic health challenges – both now and in the future. However, with all this information comes pressure to continuously re-evaluate what we do and why. We, in education, must ensure that outdated education training does not slow the needs of patients or breakthroughs in research. Various transformations are impacting our lives, including demographic change and globalization – and these drivers are being accelerated by big data, genomics and artificial intelligence. As educators, we have a duty to be more than just responders; we need to reshape our approach to ophthalmic education to ensure we do not leave our students, staff and patients behind.

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About the Author

Nora Colton

Professor of Global Vision and Eye Health Education and Director of Education at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

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