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We put an intensive focus on training and developing healthcare professionals who can make a difference in the quality of life of all those who are in need. Our graduates are in great demand for employment in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, polyclinics, industries, training institutions in India and abroad, apart from the option of private practice.
FOR THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR, CHITKARA SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:
OCULUS is a consortium of educators from Optometry schools in Europe (Norway, UK, Spain and the Netherlands) and beyond, with a three-pillar strategy to reform Optometric education in Israel and India, and harmonise it with European standards. This will mean greater employability and job mobility for graduates, and better trained optometrists will lead to a reduction in blindness and vision impairment. In pillar 1, new educational resources will be developed to reform the curricula in Israel and India, meeting the high standards of the European Diploma in Optometry (DipE), harmonising Optometric education and scope of practice. The DipE was designed almost 20 years ago and is missing elements of education that lead to lifelong learning.
Therefore, pillars 2 and 3 bring innovations to Optometric education, enhancing the standard even further, beyond DipE. In pillar 2, educational resources for evidence based Optometric practice (EBP) will be developed. EBP is a vital part of effective patient care but is still a novel concept in Optometric education, and there is a recognised need for better EBP education in Optometry, making this an important addition to the DipE. In pillar 3, a personal learning network (PLN) will be created for Optometry students and practitioners, as an online portfolio of patient encounters and platform for peer review and discussion. OCULUS has the support of global optometry governing and education bodies. The Israel Council of Optometry and the Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry in India are full partners. European Academy of Optometry and Optics and the Norwegian Association of Optometry are associate partners. These organisations will ensure that OCULUS outputs are disseminated globally for maximum impact.