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Frequently Asked Questions

  • HOW DO I CONFIRM MY PROGRAMME ?
  • In case you are interested in any course, fill in the form and attach to email and send back. On confirming availability of the desired dates, you will receive a confirmation email. Please do note that the dates will be tentatively booked for you and would only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee advance.
    I would suggest that you confirm your dates by sending the same at the earliest possible as we continuously receive applications from various candidates and as a matter of policy the dates are confirmed only to the candidate who has deposited the fees.

    To confirm your dates for the course, we expect a minimum of 20% course fee advance by Wire Transfer, Demand Draft or Western Union Money Transfer. The balance amount may be deposited by cash on or before your joining date in Jaipur.

  • WHETHER APPLYING FOR MORE THAN ONE COURSE IN PHACO/ SICS WILL BE POSSIBLE ?
  • Yes, you could apply for AS MANY course sessions that you would like to. Naturally you would be paying the course fee for the number of course sessions that you apply for. You could also opt for any combination of courses back to back. In fact for a new-comer, who is not very well versed with capsulorrhexis (CCC), we normally recommend that the Fellow should first spend at least 1 month to learn SICS, then only should he go on to Phaco-emulsification in the next month.
    However if you are not very comfortable in tunneling and capsulorrhexis, we prefer that the candidate should join for 1-2 month small incision training followed by 1-2 months phacoemulsification.

  • WILL A QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATE BE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE COURSE ?
  • Yes. A Certificate of Fellowship Training is issued by the hospital. Also for all Fellows availing of the ICO/IFOS 3 month Fellowship, a Fellowship Diploma certificate is sent by the Fellowship Co-ordinator of ICO/IFOS to be handed over to you at the end of the training period.

  • IS THE LISTED COURSE FEES ARE ALL THAT IS REQUIRED ?
  • No. This is only the course fee and excludes your expenses related to accommodation and all other personal expenses. You may opt to stay in the hospital quarters being provided (charges US$ 500 per month) or in a hotel outside (expenses could range from US$ 1000 to $1500 per month). Your personal expenses including meal, travel, etc could be expected to be anything from US$ 10 per day to $50 per day depending on your choice of lifestyle.

  • IS LEAVE PERMITTED DURING THIS PERIOD ?
  • Yes, but prior intimation is necessary so that arrangements may be made accordingly.

  • IS THE STARTING TIME OF THE FELLOWSHIP FLEXIBLE ?
  • Yes. However it is advisable to confirm your seat well in advance, as once a seat/time slot is allotted to one candidate, it becomes impossible to reschedule him and provide you the time slot in case the date clashes. To confirm your dates for the course, we expect a minimum of 20% course fee advance by Wire Transfer, Demand Draft or Western Union Money Transfer. The balance amount may be deposited by cash on or before your joining date in Jaipur.

  • HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED FOR TRAINING IN CATARACT SURGERY ?
  • If you do possess reasonable skills in cataract surgery, we normally recommend a 1-2 month short term fellowship programme in phacoemulsification.
    However if you are not very comfortable in tunneling and capsulorrhexis, we prefer that the candidate should join for 1-2 month small incision training followed by 1-2 months phacoemulsification.
    For each candidate the time duration may vary depending upon his/her pre-existing skills and learning curve.

    For candidates on an ICO/IFOS Fellowship (Diploma) Course, it is mandatory to complete the 3 month training period as suggested by the ICO

  • HOW DO I APPLY FOR ICO/IFOS FELLOWSHIP GRANT ?
  • The procedure is actually very simple. Go through our attached brochure and locate a course/ combination of courses suitable to you. Once located you apply to us for the same on the attached form, enclosing your detailed curriculum vitae. On receiving your email/mail and finding you suitable we will send you a confirmation of acceptance. On the basis of that confirmation, you may then apply to ICO for financial grant and assistance for the fellowship duration, as per their rules and regulations (details available on their web-site www.icoph.org). ICO normally grants an assistance/Scholarship of US$ 3000 + travel expenses for a period of 3 months to help you meet your expenses towards travel, course fees, accommodation, food etc. However, do keep in mind that sanction of ICO Fellowship may take upto 6 months, so kindly plan in advance accordingly.

  • WHAT ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE FOR MY STAY DURING THE COURSE ?
  • Your alternatives include staying in the hospital campus or a hotel nearby In the hospital, you could avail of one of the in-campus staff rooms being provided (charges US$ 500 per month) or in a nearby hotel within 1-2kms (expenses could range from US$ 1000 to $1500 per month). The hospital accommodation provides a modest room with basic facilities including phone, television, microwave, refrigerator, air-conditioner and attached toilet with hot & cold running water. Please note-food is not included. You are welcome to cook yourself f you so desire or to co-ordinate with one of the many tiffin centres to deliver your meals or to eat out.
    These charges include only boarding and all personal expenses including travel, meals etc would be additional. In case you would like to book a hotel our hospital staff would be happy to arrange the same for you.

  • DO I REQUIRE TO SUBMIT ANY PROOF OF MY QUALIFICATIONS ?
  • As a part of standard procedure for all International Fellows, we would also like to receive a certified copy of your testimonials (especially your MD/MS degree and your Medical Council Registration of your country) for our records.

  • I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PLANNED PROGRAM FOR THE REMAINING PERIOD OF THE REQUESTED FELLOWSHIP; MEANING WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO DO DURING THIS PERIOD ?
  • During the time in between, you could be working in the hospital OPD/ Ward/ Theatre where you could be working as part of the team for our Community Ophthalmology wing. In this you would be attending screening camps and operating cataract cases on practically every alternate day. On the remaining Non OT days you would participate in all hospital activities including OPD/ OT, teaching programmes (seminars/journals/case presentation etc). This period would give you an extended period to learn various OPD / OT procedures if you are interested. You could also opt for a mid course or additional Observer-ship in Medical/Surgical Retina.
    In case you are lucky and we have a Charitable Surgical OT Camp scheduled during your Fellowship period, you could opt to accompany us in the camp. In such camps we normally operate 150-250 cataract cases (SICS) per day. Although the working conditions are tough, you could avail of this opportunity to screen patients in the camp OPD, operate half a dozen cases (conditions and time permitting) or simply taking in the scenes of rural India.
    OR if nothing of the above interests you, you could spend time sightseeing in and around the beautiful city of Jaipur

  • MONEY MATTERS
  • Regarding the exchange rate 1 US$ = approx Indian Rupees 45.(1 Euro= approx Rs. 60)(Subject to variation at time of arrival). Money can be changed at a money changer at the airport or at any of the authorized money changers in the city. I would suggest that you get enough money changed at the airport itself so as to cover your expenses for the first 3-4 days and then take it from there ! Money can also be changed at most of the 3 Star-5 Star hotels of Delhi or Jaipur. In case you need, our hospitalís travel agent can be called in to help you change your money in the hospital itself. Keep your passport handy while changing money anywhere !

  • VISA REQUIREMENTS AT MY COUNTRIES INDIAN EMBASSY
  • In case for your visa application, you require any documentation or confirmation from the hospital, kindly advise so that the same can be provided. However it is our past experience that in most cases of International Fellows, the transcripts of the email confirmation are normally sufficient as proof of acceptance into the programme.

  • HOW DO I REACH JAIPUR ?
  • Jaipur has an airport with limited international flights to & from Dubai & Singapore. However it most probably would be more convenient to you to catch a flight till Delhi and then take a local connection to Jaipur. Delhi is the major international airport and is just 260 kms from Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to Delhi by Flight (travel time 1/2 hour), Train (6 hours) or Deluxe Bus Coach (5 Ĺ hours). Buses are normally the most convenient as there is a bus practically every half hour from Delhi to Jaipur (between 6am and midnight) starting from a place called Bikaner House, Behind Pandara Park, Near India Gate, New Delhi.

    Bus fare would vary from IN Rs 300-475 (Deluxe-Volvo), Train fare Rs 250 (ordinary) to Rs. 900 (Shatabdi Express Business Class), Air-Fare Rs. 1000 (Budget) to Rs 5000 (spot booking).

    An A.C. Taxi can also be pre-booked from Delhi at a tariff of Rs 4000-7000 (Approx Rs.3000 for non AC) depending on the type of vehicle opted for. Also if informed well in advance, we can arrange for you to be met at the airport by a taxi from Jaipur {charges approx Rs. 3000(Non-AC) or Rs 4000-5000 (AC compact - SUV) -payable on arrival directly to the cab-driver}

  • DO I REQUIRE TO SUBMIT ANY PROOF OF MY QUALIFICATIONS ?
  • As a part of standard procedure for all International Fellows, we would also like to receive a certified copy of your testimonials (especially your MD/MS degree and your Medical Council Registration of your country) for our records.

  • DO I REQUIRE TO SUBMIT ANY PROOF OF MY QUALIFICATIONS ?
  • As a part of standard procedure for all International Fellows, we would also like to receive a certified copy of your testimonials (especially your MD/MS degree and your Medical Council Registration of your country) for our records.

  • ON ARRIVAL IN JAIPUR
  • You have to submit the following to the hospital office
    1.  One colour photograph for records
    2.  Attested Xerox copy of your basic qualifications
    3. Balance due amount of course fees (for ICO Fellows- course fee balance of entire 3 month      period is to be deposited on arrival)
    4.  Accommodation fare (if opted for)

    You will be assisted and guided by our office staff to get you settled in and introduced to the course co-ordinator and other hospital staff. You will usually spend the first day getting acquainted with the hospital working conditions and staff, before being started on your surgical programme. For candidates who are not well versed with basic steps, additional exposure on goats eyes in wet lab can be provided (highly recommended for beginners or people with minimal surgical exposure) prior to starting you on actual cases in O.T.

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