It is advisable to apply six to nine months in advance of the date you wish to visit. Before you make your application, please ensure you have read and understood the observer application procedures.
Please note that the hospital may provide accommodation for observers for a nominal fee based on availability. Prior request should be made for the same. In case of unavailability of hostel, information of suitable hotels / hostels / PG options will be forwarded. Further proceedings on the same should be followed by the observers.
Sankara Nethralaya has a variety of departments. They range from routine Eye Outpatient Services, Outreach (camp) department, Eye Bank, Ophthalmic diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, Radiology services (VRR scans), Surgical theatres, Optical shop and fitting lab and support services (IT dept, cafeteria, house keeping etc).
Observers would be exposed to various diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in eye care. Where available, they would be allowed to use the wet lab facilities. Present Government of India rules do not allow foreign certified doctors to operate on patients. They would be given specific projects (if applicable) which they would be required to submit for their observership certificate.
Observers would be required to send a detailed CV/resume and also indicate their area of interest. They would in addition observe the day to day functioning of the hospital and may get opportunities to attend rural eye camps. Depending on qualification and level of experience in ophthalmology and community health care, they can get involved in the day to day medical activities and get more concrete value out of it.