West African College of Surgeons Basic Ophthalmology Resource: Development and Initial Evaluation

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Shuaib Abdulsalam Dupe Ademola-Popoola Adetunje Adenekan Olukorede Adenuga A O Adio Iheanacho Agbo Akwesi Ahmed Ingrid Selom Akafo Stephen Akafo Sade Akinsola Bruce Allan Nishani Amerasinghe Kwesi Nyan Amissa-Arthur Winfred Amoaku Olufisayo Aribaba Femi Babalola Ronke Baiyeroju Hannah Bassey-Faal Michele Beaconsfield Sola Bob-Egbe Imoro Zeba Braimah Winston Ceesay Chimdi Chuka-Okosa Jimi Coker Catherine Cross Claudia Dacosta-Paula William Dean Edith Dogbe Ros Duhs Vincent Ekpe Vera Adobea Essuman Edak Ezeanosike Oluyemi Fasina Gladys Fordjor Nigel Griffith Catherine Guly Kirsty Hall Fatima Kyari Pat Lockley Abdulraheem Mahmoud Evelyn Mensah Christine Moore Caleb Mpyet Ian E Murdoch Eleni Nikita Winifred Nolan Ojo Perpetua Odugbo Kayode Odusote Olufunmilola Ogun Kolawole Ogundimu Bade Ogundipe Olusola Olawoye Tunji Sunday Oluleye Bolutife Olusanya Adeola Onakoya Peter Osei-Bonsu Joshua Owoeye Kehinde Oyewole Maria Papadopoulos Natasa Perovic Manish Raval Ashwin Reddy Serge Resnikov Elsie Samaila John Sandford Smith Yusrah Shweikh Dawn Sim Mina Sotiriou Paul Sullivan Naa Naamuah Tagoe Ok Thaller Raymond Toseafa Eno Udongo Claire Walker Louisa Wickham


Purpose: To describe the process of development of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) Basic Ophthalmology Educational Resource and to report the feedback from the first five cohorts to utilise the resource at the commencement of their training in ophthalmology.

Methods: After initial meetings topics considered essential foundations for training in ophthalmology were identified. Faculty members subsequently searched the internet to identify suitable online open source learning materials relevant to each topic, which were then collated and cataloged. Where suitable quality learning materials could not be identified, materials were created or re-used from existing WACS courses. Following the creation of the resource, questions were developed for a summative assessment, taken by learners upon completion of the resource.

Results: The resource went 'live' on 10th July 2019. As of March 2024, a total of 203 learners in 5 cohorts had completed the course. The feedback responses of 150 (74%) learners from the first 5 cohorts are described in this report. Regarding their overall assessment of the course, 64 (43%) learners rated the resource as very good', 63 (42%) as 'good', and 23 (15%) as 'satisfactory’. Most (>98%) respondents reported that the course met their expectations and that the content was relevant to their learning needs.

Conclusion: The WACS Basic Ophthalmology Resource appears to be a valuable opportunity for acquiring foundational knowledge.

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ABDULSALAM, Shuaib et al. West African College of Surgeons Basic Ophthalmology Resource: Development and Initial Evaluation. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 5, may 2024. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/5223>. Date accessed: 19 june 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v12i5.5223.
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