Perhaps no other statement more exquisitely captures the role education plays in the accomplishment of RSI’s mission than philosopher-professor-author Allan Bloom’s* definition of education. Indeed, RSI’s leadership believes that education at the professional, vocational, and patient levels is a major factor in ensuring the long-term sustainability of RSI’s programs.
Thus, whenever feasible, RSI’s medical missions have an educational component that provides for the rigid training of local technicians in the basics of eye care and screening. These trainees are subsequently able to educate members of their communities on the ABCs of preventive eye care and/or assist medical providers in the delivery of eye care services.
And whenever possible, a budget is allocated from its endowment funds for the advanced training in various ophthalmic specialties of young medical professionals from developing or economically emerging countries. Since 2003 RSI has, in partnership with Boston-area medical centers, sponsored or co-sponsored advanced training fellowships for seven young, promising ophthalmologists and optometrists from Brazil, Chile, Israel and the Philippines:
- 2003: Jesse B.Caguioa, OD (Philippines), recipient of the Visual Rehabilitation Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
- 2005-2006: Norman Fajardo, MD (Philippines), recipient of RSI’s Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston, initially funded by Lucy Lee, MD
- 2006-2007: Yonina Ron, MD (Israel), recipient of RSI’s Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston
- 2007-2008: Cristian Salgado, MD (Chile), recipient of RSI’s Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston
- 2008-2009: Leonardo Castro, MD and Dinorah Castro, MD (Brazil), recipients of The International Ophthalmology Research Fellowship at Tufts Medical Center, funded with a bequest from James and Rita Chambos of Williamsville, NY
- 2010: Gualberto E. Dato, OD (Philippines), recipient of the Restoring Sight International Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston
*Allan Bloom (1930-1992), author of the provocative and critically acclaimed book “The Closing of the American Mind”
Click on the links below to learn more about how RSI’s international fellows are contributing to their communities and to view a slideshow of images showing how local trainees are putting their newly acquired skills to work in their respective communities.