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Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services
Last Updated: May 2019
"Shri Bhagwan Mahavir vitreoretinal services" is one of the largest, busiest and best-equipped retina units in South East Asia . It is known in India and neighbouring countries for its world class and state of the art eye care for patients with complicated vitreo-retinal problems. The vitreoretinal department is currently functioning in Chennai and Kolkatta with a task force constituting of 27 consultants headed by Dr. Pramod Bhende. On an average 31,000 patient’s with various vitreoretinal disorder’s are seen in the out patient services every year and around 12,000 vitreoretinal procedures are being performed every year (SN Chennai data)
The facilities available are:
Digital fundus photography
Wide field imaging (OPTOs – Retcam)
Fundus fluorescein angiography
Indocyanine green angiography (ICG)
Laser photocoagulation (Green, Yellow, Diode)
Transpupillary thermo therapy (TTT)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Electroretinogram (ERG), Multifocal ERG, Electrooculogram (EOG),VEP, Multifocal VEP,Sweep VEP
Ultrasonography /ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM)
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) (Spectral domain, Swept source, Hand held OCT- Bioptigen)
Optical Coherence Tomography angiography (OCTA)

Six fully equipped operation theaters are dedicated exclusively for vitreo-retinal surgeries and on an average 500 retinal surgeries, both simple and complicated, are performed every month. Apart from patient care, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir vitreoretinal services is also actively involved in teaching, training and research.

Till date over 650 research articles are published in peer-reviewed National & International journals.

Types Of Fellowship
The department offers following fellowship programs…
Medical retina fellowship (Basic course) 1 month
Medical retina fellowship (Advanced course) 12 months
Medical retina and Uvea combined fellowship 24 month
Clinical vitreoretina fellowship 24 months
Reseach-cum-Clinical vitreoretina fellowship 30 months
Medical retina fellowship (Basic course)

Duration:1 month

Number of trainees: 6 per year(one every alternate month)

Features:

  • Mastering the skills of using slit lamp biomicroscopy which includes use of contact and noncontact fundus lenses.
  • Mastering the skills of using indirect ophthalmoscopy.
  • Exposure to medical retina cases under retina specialist.
  • Interpretation of fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), Indocyanine green angiography (ICG), Optical coherence tomography (OCT + OCTA), ultrasonography (USG) and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Hands on experience in performing FFA, ICG, OCT and USG.
  • To observe laser photocoagulation being done by retina specialist for various posterior segment diseases.
Medical retina fellowship (Advanced course)

Duration:1 year

Number of trainees: 2 per year(one every 6 months)

Features:

  • Mastering the skills of using slit lamp biomicroscopy which includes use of contact and noncontact fundus lenses.
  • Mastering the skills of using indirect ophthalmoscopy.
  • Diagnosis of various medical and surgical retina conditions under supervision of retina specialist.
  • Interpretation of fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), Indocyanine green angiography (ICG), Optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCTA , ultrasonography (USG) and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Hands on experience in performing FFA, ICG,OCT, USG and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Visiting NICU with retina specialist to screen babies for retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Hands on experience in performing laser photocoagulation for various posterior segment diseases.
  • Hands on experience in delivering intravitreal injections for various posterior segment pathologies.
  • Familiarize with the art of prescribing low visual aids.
  • Taking part in research and Presentation in conferences
  • Familiarize with genetic screening and counselling
Medical retina and Uvea combined fellowship

Duration:24 months (1st year Uvea + 2nd year Medical retina)

Number of trainees: 2 per year(one every 6 months)

Features:

  • Mastering the skills of using slit lamp biomicroscopy which includes use of contact and noncontact fundus lenses.
  • Mastering the skills of using indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Diagnosis of various medical and surgical retina conditions under supervision of retina specialist.
  • Diagnosis of uveitis and uvea emergencies under supervision of uvea specialist.
  • Interpretation of fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA), Indocyanine green angiography(ICG), Optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCTA, ultrasonography(USG) and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Hands on experience in performing FFA, ICG,OCT, USG and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Visiting NICU with retina specialist to screen babies for retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Hands on experience in performing laser photocoagulation for various posterior segment diseases.
  • Hands on experience in delivering intravitreal injections for various posterior segment pathologies.
  • One month of hands on surgical posting for cataract surgery during the first year.
  • Familiarize with the art of prescribing low visual aids.
  • Taking part in research and presentation in conferences
  • Familiarize with genetic screening and counseling
  • 6 months of senior residency with independent OPD posting, Uvea emergencies, laser and ultrasound postings including one month of cataract surgery training exclusively.

Suggested reading:

  1. Atlas of Uveitis and Scleritis by Ganesh SK, Agarwal M, George AE, Dr. Biswas J, Jaypee Medical Publishers, 1 st Edition, 2003.
  2. Uveitis: An Update, J Biswas, Parthopratim DM, Springer, 2015.
  3. Basic and clinical science course: Intraocular inflammation and uveitis-American Academy of ophthalmology 2009-2010
Clinical vitreoretina fellowship

Duration: 2 years

Number of trainees: 8 per year(four every 6 months)

Features:

  • Mastering the skills of using slit lamp biomicroscopy which includes use of contact and noncontact fundus lenses.
  • Mastering the skills of using indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Diagnosis of various medical and surgical retina conditions under supervision of retina specialist.
  • Diagnosis of uveitis under supervision of uvea specialist.
  • Interpretation of fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA), Indocyanine green angiography(ICG), Optical coherence tomography(OCT), ultrasonography(USG) and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Hands on experience in performing FFA, ICG,OCT, OCTA,USG and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Visiting NICU with retina specialist to screen babies for retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Hands on experience in performing laser photocoagulation for various posterior segment diseases.
  • Hands on experience in delivering intravitreal injections for various posterior segment pathologies.
  • Hands on experience in performing sclera buckling techniques under the supervision of vitreoretinal surgeons.
  • Hands on experience in performing Pars plana vitrectomies (20G,23G,25G) under the supervision of vitreoretinal surgeons.
  • Taking part in research activities and presentations in conferences.
  • Familiarize with the art of prescribing low visual aids.
  • Familiarize with genetic screening and counseling.
Reseach-cum- Clinical vitreoretina fellowship

Duration: 2 years and 6 months

Number of trainees: 4 per year(two every 6months)

Features:

Research 6 months:

  • Dedicated 6 months for exclusive training in research methodologies and statistics.
  • To learn the art of writing research publications.
  • To learn the art of writing research proposal for grant.
  • To work with basic scientist and statistician.
  • To be an active participant in the ongoing studies in SankaraNethralaya.
  • To conduct clinical auditing.
  • Insight into conducting clinical studies.
  • Presentations in conferences.

Clinical 2 Years:

  • Mastering the skills of using slit lamp biomicroscopy which includes use of contact and noncontact fundus lenses.
  • Mastering the skills of using indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Diagnosis of various medical and surgical retina conditions under supervision of retina specialist.
  • Diagnosis of uveitis under supervision of uvea specialist.
  • Interpretation of fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA), Indocyanine green angiography(ICG), Optical coherence tomography(OCT),OCTA, ultrasonography(USG) and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Hands on experience in performing FFA, ICG, OCT USG and electrodiagnostic modalities.
  • Visiting NICU with retina specialist to screen babies for retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Hands on experience in performing laser photocoagulation for various posterior segment diseases.
  • Hands on experience in delivering intravitreal injections for various posterior segment pathologies.
  • Hands on experience in performing sclera buckling techniques under the supervision of vitreoretinal surgeons.
  • Hands on experience in performing Pars plana vitrectomies (20G,23G,25G) under the supervision of vitreoretinal surgeons.
  • Familiarize with the art of prescribing low visual aids.
  • Familiarize with genetic screening and counseling.
Selection / Eligibility
The selection examination is held once a year in the month of august. Selection is done for 2 sessions (October and next April). Advertisements appear in the hospital website, in house magazines. Written examination is in the form of multiple choice questions. Candidates clearing the written examination will appear for the viva, conducted by two examiners. List of selected candidates would be displayed on the hospital notice board by the same evening. Candidates with postgraduate degree in ophthalmology can apply for the fellowship. Institutional candidates will be given preference. Qualified candidates employed elsewhere should produce a NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE from the employer at the time of the examination.
Textbooks published by Sankara Nethralaya :

1. SUDHA K GANESH Sankara Nethralaya`s
Atlas of Uveitis and Scleritis
Jaypee Brothers, 2005
ISBN 81-8061-466-2
2. PADMAJA KUMARI RANI The Sankara Nethralaya
Atlas of Retinal Diseases
(With Photo DVD-Rom)
Jaypee Brothers, 2008
ISBN 978-81-8448-256-0
3. JYOTIRMAY BISWAS Manual of Ocular Pathology
Jaypee-Highlights, 2010
ISBN 978-81-8448-912-5
4. BADRINATH Sankara Nethralaya
Clinical Practice Pattern in Ophthalmology
2nd ed., Jaypee Brothers, 2013.
ISBN 978-93-5025-785-2
5. PUKHRAJ RISHI The Sankara Nethralaya
Atlas of Fundus Fluorescein Angiography
2nd ed., Jaypee Brothers, 2013.
ISBN 978-93-5025-577-3
6. MUNA BHENDE The Sankara Nethralaya
Atlas of Ophthalmic Ultrasound and Ultrasound Biomicroscopy
2nd ed., Jaypee Brothers, 2013.
ISBN 978-93-5090-535-7
7. AMBIKA SELVAKUMAR Sankara Nethralaya's
Atlas of Imaging in Ophthalmology
Jaypee Brothers, 2014
ISBN 978-81-8448-900-2
8. JYOTIRMAY BISWAS Uveitis: An Update
Springer, 2016
ISBN 978-81-322-2294-1
9. JAICHANDRAN VV Principle and Practice of Ophthalmic Anaesthesia
Jaypee, The Health Sciences Publishers, 2017.
ISBN 978-93-86261-23-6
10. BIPASHA MUKHERJEE
HUNTER YUEN
Emergencies of the Orbit and Adnexa
Springer, 2017
ISBN 978-81-322-1806-7
11. JAY CHHABLANI
PARTHOPRATIM D M
J-FERNANDO AREVALO
Retinal and Choroidal Imaging in Systemic Diseases
Springer, 2018
ISBN 978-981-10-5459-4
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For further details please contact
Mr. N Sivakumar
Academic officer
Sankara Nethralaya,
18, College road,
Chennai, India. 600006.
Ph. No. 2827 1616, 2823 3556, 2831 1913.
Fax no. 91-44-2825 4180.
E-mail id: academic@snmail.org