Sit Down, Speak Up
With conferences no longer bound by geography, the spotlight can shift from “the West” to the rest of the world
Valentina Gracia Rey | | Opinion
Like most conferences, the World Ophthalmology Congress was held virtually this year. The event, which was supposed to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, still threw a spotlight on the country and the continent’s great talent. Although the pandemic put a stop to people physically attending, I like to think it encouraged (virtual) attendees to consider what’s going on elsewhere in the world; for example, Latin America.
Before the pandemic, Latin America showcased its talent and efforts through the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, which hosted monthly webinars from various countries. Though the webinars were very interesting, they took place at 6 or 7pm, when I was often too busy with patients or studying to benefit. Since Latin America went into lockdown, each country has been organizing its own webinar programs, starting with Peru – the first country to enforce a strict lockdown. And without surgery or school, I suddenly had time to watch them on an almost daily basis – and I found the content incredibly interesting.
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