OUR MISSION IN ACTION
According to the World Health Organization, “Roughly 36 million people are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment. Globally, chronic eye diseases are the main cause of vision loss. Uncorrected refractive errors and then un-operated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment. Un-operated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low- and middle-income countries.
While abroad, our department’s faculty, staff, residents, fellows, medical students, and alumni address the challenging statistics by performing technologically relevant surgeries and supportive clinical care for patients. These experiences directly affect our Wisconsin healthcare system by exposing professionals to diverse patient populations, differing medical systems and diseases, cultural differences and innovative community outreach programming.
We educate learners and teachers all over the world through lectures, seminars, and exchanges involving DOVS faculty, residents, fellows, staff and alumni. Faculty, medical students, residents, fellows, staff, and alumni are encouraged to participate in international experiences at partner sites, where we have formal relationships. Financial support is often available for travel experiences.
Our program also welcomes faculty and learners from other countries to Madison for clinical observations alongside UW colleagues, for mutually enriching experiences. Those interested in clinical observerships should contact the IOI Program Administrator, Hannah Baker for additional information and an application form.
We encourage research collaborations with international partners, as opportunities to make contributions to basic science, translational and clinical research internationally. International clinicians benefit from working with our strong clinical research faculty and our excellent Clinical Eye Research Unit. We also partner with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), to bring an international ophthalmologist to their annual meeting. Our international research collaboration also provides opportunities for mentoring and networking.