Goal: The goal of MS course in Ophthalmology is to produce a competent ophthalmologist who:
- Recognizes the health needs of and carries out professional obligations in keeping with principles of National Health Policy and professional ethics.
- Has acquired the competencies pertaining to Ophthalmology that are required to be practiced in the community and at all levels of health care system.
- Has acquired skills in effectively communicating with the patient, family and the community.
- Is aware of the contemporary advances and developments in medical sciences as related to eye care.
- Is oriented to principles of research methodology.
- Has acquired skills in educating medical and paramedical professionals.
- The student should possess basic knowledge of the structure, function and development of the human body as related to ophthalmology, of the factors which may disturb these mechanisms and the disorders of structure and function which may result thereafter.
- The student should be able to practice and handle most day-to-day problems independently in ophthalmology. The student should recognize the limitations of his/her own clinical knowledge and know when to seek further help.
- The student should understand the effects of environment on health and be familiar with the epidemiology of at least the more common diseases in the field of ophthalmology.
- The student should be able to integrate the preventive methods with the curative and rehabilitative measures in the comprehensive management of the disease.
- The student should be familiar with common eye problems occurring in rural areas and be able to deal with them effectively.
- The student should also be made aware of Mobile Ophthalmic Unit and its working and components.
- The student should be familiar with the current developments in Ophthalmic Sciences.
- The student should be able to plan educational programmes in Ophthalmology in association with senior colleagues and be familiar with the modern methods of teaching and evaluation.
- The student should be able to identify a problem for research, plan a rational approach to its solution, execute it and critically evaluate his/her data in the light of existing knowledge.
- The student should reach the conclusions by logical deduction and should be able to assess evidence both as to its reliability and its relevance.
- The student should have basic knowledge of medico-legal aspects of medicine.
- The student should be familiar with patient counselling and proper consent taking.