Training activities and ECM
ECM - "The accreditation of a provider is the recognition by a public institution (National Commission for continuing training or directly through autonomous provinces or regions or through bodies identified by them) that a person is active and qualified in the field of continuous training in health care and is therefore entitled to carry out training activities which are recognized as eligible for the ECM, by identifying and directly assigning credits to participants.
Accreditation is based on a system of minimum requirements considered indispensable for the performance of training activities (ECM) and is issued to each provider by a single accrediting Body, following verification of the possession of all the shared minimum requirements defined in the "Guidelines for Providers’ Accreditation Manuals”, on the basis of which the Manuals of the respective accrediting Bodies must be defined". Based on the Agenas website.
The clinical and diagnostic experience of the Foundation's physicians is an invaluable cultural and scientific store of knowledge. For this reason, training and refresher courses on a wide range of topics about ophthalmology are particularly important for IRCCS.
Experts in various branches of ophthalmology are regularly invited to present their research and the latest developments regarding specific topics, while the Foundation's staff themselves constantly exchange scientific information, through the organization of refresher courses on diagnostics and surgery, and thanks to regularly scheduled and informal meetings. Additionally, the Foundation is an accredited provider of ECM courses.
Along with workshops and specific courses, at the beginning of each year training activities are organized for each research unit. They are put together by the research coordinators in consultation with the scientific director, in keeping with a standard model that includes the following:
- The research topic and unit involved
- The training director
- The tutor
- The pupils
- A general description of the training programme
- A schedule of activities
- Learning goals
- The main topics of each training activities
- Materials to be used
- Evaluation of the pupils’ results.
Training activities can include:
- Face-to-face activities (lessons, seminars);
- Self-learning (study, biographical research, web of science);
- Participation in conferences, roundtables, congresses;
- Practical activities and/or training, with or without a docent, such as the use of diagnostic and/or therapeutic instruments;
- Clinical and surgical assistance;
- Participation in research activities;
- Drafting of scientific reports.
The Foundation has a constant and significant presence in scientific conferences: its researchers are often invited to give keynote lectures and teach training courses at the most prestigious international conferences, as well as to serve as experts in highly specialized, top-level scientific meetings.
The Foundation’s institutional tasks include organizing an international congress every four years. The goal of the congress is to shed light on controversial points and propose new topics of interest in experimental and clinical research and surgery involving complex retinal pathologies. The proceedings of this congress are published in a special volume by “International Ophthalmic Communications Society” of New York.
In order to promote basic research, the Foundation offers several scholarships for one-year sojourns abroad, and to cover travel expenses for international conferences. Since 1998, it has offered scholarships for deserving young Italian scientists to participate in the conference of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, which takes place every year in Florida.
In order to carry out some of the above-mentioned research and assistance activities, the Foundation is collaborating with the leading Italian universities and institutions (such as the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital in Rome; the “Tor Vergata” and “Campus Bio-Medico” universities in Rome; the University of Padua) along with major international institutions, which the Foundation’s physicians often visit on professional trips.
These include: Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Schepens Eye Research, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston; the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami; the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London; the Cornell Institute and Columbia University in New York; the Doney Foundation Institute (University of South California); the Associated Retinal Consultants of Michigan; the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center in Indianapolis; and the University of Chicago Medical School.
In order to follow up on its commitment to provide training to deserving young researchers, every year the Foundation issues a competition for one-year scholarships thanks to which recent university graduates can carry out clinical and research activities in the Bietti Foundation Research Hospital.