The EYESI Simulator for Training Ophthalmology Residents Pages 18-23

Katibeh M1, Eskandari A1, Mirzaei M1 and Javadi MA2

1Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Prevention of Blindness Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Ophthalmic Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12974/2313-0946.2014.01.01.3

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Abstract: Purpose: To assess various aspects of integrating a virtual reality (VR) simulator in training ophthalmology residents. Methods: Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed in this study and some aspects of the VR EYESI simulator as a health technology and training method were assessed. Data was collected by a multiple-choice questionnaire that was filled by 19 novice residents and 4 fellowship candidates who were training at the ophthalmology department of Shahid Beheshti Medical University. In addition, six deep interviews were performed with the stakeholders and instructors of simulator training program at Labbafinejad Medical Center, Iran. Main outcome measurements were face and content validity as a score out of 100. Results: The ophthalmology residents gave a mean and standard deviation score of 71.36± 14.98 for face validity and 70.00± 18.95 for content validity and the fellowship candidates gave face and content score validity of 50.00±22.36 and 71.58%±22.66%, respectively. Residency instructors and authorities believed that the VR EYESI simulator reduces the time and improves the quality of training. They also stated that residents who were trained with the simulator were adequately prepared for entering the operating theatre and showed better eye-hand coordination and harmonization. All stakeholders strongly believed that simulation is a necessary method of education. Conclusion: The EYESI simulator is a virtual reality medium that enjoys acceptable face and content validity. It is also an effective method of training since it decreased the time and improved the quality of training.

Keywords: Residency Training, Phacoemulsification, Virtual System.