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Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy, Education and Training

Off the Beaten Track: Barbara Erny

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For the last few years, I’ve worked with the ASCRS Foundation and its partners, teaching and helping to develop the Ethiopian residency programs. Our aim is to build infrastructure so that eventually Ethiopia will no longer have to rely on outside aid for eye care. We work with our partners to supply equipment and training. To give an example, Orbis and The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) have just set up wet labs at each residency hospital in the country. We are supporting the residency directors financially, and collaborating with them to improve educational programs for residents. In March we will be teaching a review course to residents to help them study for the ICO Board Exam. The ASCRS Foundation also supports the Sinskey Eye Clinic, which serves the impoverished, and now provides a rotation for the residents to improve their clinical and surgical skills.

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Barbara Erny

Barbara Erny, MD, is an ophthalmologist and is Medical Liaison for International Programs at the ASCRS Foundation.

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