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Senior residency

An opportunity missed?

Gurnani, Bharat; Kaur, Kirandeep1,

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Indian Journal of Ophthalmology: February 2021 - Volume 69 - Issue 2 - p 458-459
doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3306_20
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Dear Editor,

As technology has advanced and the understanding of the subject has improved, Ophthalmology training has undergone tremendous upliftment specially in the past two decades.[1] But the challenge post residency is always to decide whether to opt for a structured fellowship programme or a comprehensive senior residency (SRship) training. We read the article by Srivastava et al. and the authors and the editorial board of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology richly deserves applause for publishing this excellent article.[2] This is one such topic which is untouched since long and needs an in depth analysis which we feel will be beneficial for the young ophthalmologist's in shaping their carrier ahead. We have tried for a neck to neck comparison of fellowship vs senior residency in a tabular format.

Both fellowship and SRship have their own pros and cons. Eventually it is up to the candidate to decide what suits him/her more based on the circumstances and preferred choices. Additionally, the All India Ophthalmic Society (AIOS) as well as the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) can formulate guidelines for fellowship and senior residency as well as they already exist for residency programme.[34] This will help in narrowing down the differences between fellowships and senior residency and bring the candidates in the same sailing boat. Medical Council of India (MCI) should also formulate guidelines for considering fellowship equal to senior residency for candidates applying to Medical Colleges. This will further reduce differences and will help in increasing job application for medical colleges even in remote parts of India in near future.[5]

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Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry.

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4. Grover AK, Honavar SG, Azad R, Verma L. A national curriculum for ophthalmology residency training Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018;66:752–83
5. Aggarwal R, Gogtay N, Kumar R, Sahni P, Indian Association of Medical Journal Editors. The revised guidelines of the Medical Council of India for academic promotions: Need for a rethink Indian J Urol. 2016;32:1–4
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