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March 2007

Assessing Surgical Competence in Ophthalmology Training Programs

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(3):395-396. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.3.395

The repertoire of ophthalmic surgical procedures continues to expand both in number and complexity. Yet there is no consensus on the level of training and skills required to perform these procedures. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in its instructions to training programs sets forth the minimum numbers of the various procedures that must be performed by residents in training. The numbers are determined through discussions between the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. It is worth noting that data to support their validity as measures of surgical competency are lacking.