The department is involved in the training and educating medical students along the lines of the Curriculum Committee of the College. The main objective is to allow the students to recognize, diagnose and manage common diseases of the eye and adnexa, with emphasis on the most frequent blinding diseases and preventable and curable diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy, trauma and congenital anomalies .
In the Preclerkship program , the department teaches and examines 12-14 students per session for 2 days a week ,9 weeks a year and at the end of program students are assessed by written examination.
In the Junior clerkship program ,students are divided into two groups , spending one week in SQUH and one week in Al Nahda hospital. During the first half of their rotation ,they have teaching modules and in the second half ,along with the clinical teaching they are simultaneously assessed by mini clinical examination. At the end of junior clerkship all the students undergo clinical and written examination.
Ophthalmology Residency Program
The ophthalmology Residency Training Program commenced in August 2009 under the umbrella of OMSB ,paving the way for a new era in speciality training in the country .The program aims to produce competent general ophthalmologists that will have knowledge,clinical and surgical skills ,awareness of medical ethics,professional values and attitudes and capability of conducting teaching and research activities.
The department conducts CMEs regularly with invited academic authorities for Ophthalmolgists,Optometrists,Ophthalmic technicians,Nurses in Oman.Certificates of attendance are in accordance with the Oman Medical Specialty Board Executive.