OUR MISSION COMES TO LIFE
We provide patient care in developing countries by department faculty, residents, staff, alumni and other Wisconsin eye care providers. Such missions provide much needed care and also give Wisconsin healthcare professionals experience with different patient populations, medical systems and diseases. Additionally, the DIO supports the development of sustainable projects that increase the capacity for eye care in developing countries.
We educate learners and teachers all over the world through lectures, seminars, tele-education and exchanges involving DOVS faculty, residents, fellows, staff and alumni. Our residents are encouraged to participate in an international rotation of 2-3 weeks at selected sites where we have formal relationships and are eligible to receive financial support for travel. These international rotations foster enhanced experiences in patient care, surgical skills and outreach. Medical students may also complete an international rotation. Our program also welcomes professionals from other countries to Madison to learn alongside UW colleagues—and vice versa—for mutually enriching experiences.
Forging research collaborations between UW-Madison and international colleagues is a key to improve the understanding and treatment of blinding diseases. Our unique international program helps pool resources among partnering institutions, create a network of faculty worldwide and assist in the implementation of translational vision research.