23 students from schools of Optometry in Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina participated in the first EyeTeach© optometry educator training workshop in Peru in October 2013. The workshop was funded by Optometry Giving Sight.
The EyeTeach© program has been developed by the Brien Holden Vision Institute* to help optometrists make the transition from clinicians to educators. It does this by helping them to develop an understanding of student learning, strategies for effective teaching, enhancing their clinical skills where required, as well as helping to integrate research into Optometry schools.
In the process it helps to identify and develop Optometry leaders who in the future will be able to mentor other faculty and drive the development of optometry standards, both for optometric education and patient care.
One of the participants was Magali who is an optometrist and educator from Universidad de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina. Magali saw the EyeTeach© course as a vital component to planning her lectures as well as essential to her own learning to best teach and communicate with her students.
“This was an excellent and well coordinated course, focusing on teaching methods and on how to engage with the students. I like that the program is delivered by a global organisation with a focus on public health, which is important for increasing optometry education and eye care services in Latin America.”
With support from Optometry Giving Sight, further workshops will be conducted in Bolivia, Colombo and Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.
* Other partners for this project included the Asociación Latinoamerica de Optica y Optometria (ALDOO) and the Asociación Peruana de Óptica y Optometría (APOO).
Main photo: Magali (centre) with BHVI Regional Coordinator Vivien Ocampo and Education Coordinator, Luisa Casa Luque