Ophthalmic Microsurgical Training Centre
The current Ophthalmic Microsurgical Training Centre (OMTC) at Hong Kong Eye Hospital (HKEH), set up by CUHK in 2012 with a donation from a private donor, is the only training facility in Hong Kong that provides structured simulated eye surgery training programmes to trainee eye doctors, with hands-on microsurgical learning and practice on both animal eyes and simulated 3-dimensional computer-generated operating environments.
Ophthalmic surgery (eye surgery) is performed under an operating microscope, and is extremely sophisticated and skill-dependent. Traditionally, trainee eye surgeons learn the technique step by step on patients, under the close supervision of a qualified trainer. In contrast, simulated learning and practice are completely free from surgical risks to human patients, and ensure that trainee surgeons are thoroughly competent before their first contact with patients in the operating theatre. A simulated surgical environment is also the only safe approach for trainee surgeons to learn how to handle difficult surgical situations and relatively rare surgical complications.
Between 2013 and 2015, 17 residents were trained and certified in the Phacoemulsification workshops, while 8 residents were certified in the Basic Microsurgical workshops. A subspecialty workshop — Glaucoma Microsurgical Workshop — was held with 2 subspecialty fellows trained and certified in 2015. Trainers and trainees are from the Ophthalmology departments in various Hospital Authority (HA) hospitals, as well as Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).