It is a continuous policy of the European Board of Ophthalmology to encourage ophthalmologists to share their knowledge within the countries of the European Union in order to achieve the highest standards of training.
Through its Residency Review programme, the EBO has established a strong network of training centres around Europe, which it has reviewed and certified as EBO accredited. Exchange of residents among these institutions has been taking place since 2001. From that point on training ophthalmologists have been offered the possibility of exchange in order to unify teaching and training practices.
In addition to facilitating this exchange process, the EBO will also encourage teaching centres to both, apply for EBO Certification from the Residency Review Committee and encourage their residents to attend the EBO Diploma Examination. It is expected that, while initially the network of certified teaching centres will see a transfer of knowledge from the existing centres to the new ones, it will soon plateau to offer equal educational standards in ophthalmology throughout certified training centres in Europe.
Applicants must be residents from European University teaching centres, upon approval and recommendation by the local Chair/University Administration.
While hosting centres must be EBO certified, it is not essential for the sending centres to be have this accreditation (although they will need to be academic). The period of exchange is one month for residents. The chosen resident will receive from EBO an honorarium of 1000 euro, to compensate for travel expenses. He/she will be expected to cover any additional expenses or to negotiate them with their home chairperson. A short written report must be submit by the grant recipient for the review of the Board after the exchange has been completed.
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