We propose to carry out a randomized trial comparing cataract surgery training using the model eye with traditional techniques, to study the impact on quality of surgery (assessed by masked grading of videos using the ICO OSCAR system), visual acuity and cost-utility outcomes in China. We will train 120 rural cataract surgeons at 60 county hospitals in 6 provinces.
A successful trial proving the training benefits of inexpensive model eyes will build the capacity to manage China’s leading cause of blindness, furthering the aims of Chinese Ministry of Health, while improving the lives of Chinese people dwelling in low-resource areas. We aim to reduce expenses by piggybacking on an on-going collaborative program between Orbis International, the Chinese MOH, Chinese National Blindness Prevention Committee and Tongren Hosptal (one of China’s largest and best-respected eye hospitals).
The successful candidate will coordinate field work, data collection and/or analysing data under the supervision of a statistician. The candidate must have a good understanding of the concepts of public health. Experience in the field of eye care will be a plus. Chinese language is not required.
The studentship will cover tuition fees, stipend and opportunity to work with experts in public health and eye health.
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant public health, psychology, economics or social sciences subject
Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.
The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.
For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Applying/English-language-requirements/#English
The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU http://www.qub.ac.uk/tefl/