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Travel Grant Feedback
    I am Tornike Otiashvili, 4th year Ophthalmology resident from Georgia, Chichua Medical Centre ‘’Mzera’’. I was lucky to get EGS travel grant. I would like to express my gratitude towards European Glaucoma Society for the given chance. It is a great opportunity for young doctors like myself, to travel to different Top ophthalmology clinics in Europe and increase their Knowledge.

    Dr Tornike Otiashvili

    May 2022

    I express my deepest gratitude to the EGS Executive Committee and EGS President Prof. Fotis Topouzis for the EGS Travel Grant award and the delightful opportunity of observership at one of the leading European glaucoma centers.
    For the 1-month observership I chose Department of Ophthalmology, University Medical Center Mainz.

    Dmytro Martynov, MD
    Head of Glaucoma department of the private clinic "Vasil Shevchik Eye Microsurgery",
    Chernihiv, Ukraine

    May 2022

    I'm Mustafa Kalaycı from Turkey-Antalya Training and Research Hospital Ophthalmology Department. Between 1-30 April 2022, with the support of EGS Travel Grant, I was an observer at the Ophthalmology Department of Mainz Johannes Gutenberg University Faculty of Medicine.
    First of all, I would like to extend my deepest regards to the EGS Executive Committee for having the chance to hold an observer program at the Ophthalmology Department of the Mainz Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Faculty during April.

    Dr. Mustafa KALAYCI

    April 2022

    First of all I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the EGS Executive Committee. I had the unique opportunity of attending an observership program at the Ophthalmology Department of Saint Joseph Hospital in Paris, France.
    During my stay I was able to take part and observe and assess different glaucoma patients, from simple to the more complex cases. I was fortunate enough to learn from experienced ophthalmologists and I am thankful for the guidance offered by Dr. Yves Lachkar and his team and the valuable knowledge provided by them. They were very attentive, considerate and inclusive and kindly responded to every question I had. A great addition was the weekly course Dr. Lachkar held for the residents.

    Edward Florian Călin
    Ophthalmology Resident, Bucharest, Romania

    June 2021

    I would like to express my gratitude to the EGS Training Support Committee for the opportunity to undergo an observership with the Ophthalmology department at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Fellowships, observerships and exchanges are all about sharing ideas as well as seeing different ways of practice, and this observership certainly enabled this. It proved not only a fantastic professional experience, but a great life experience too.

    Dr Geoffrey Chan
    Glaucoma Fellow
    Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital Trust

    May 2021

    First of all I would like to express my great respect to EGS for chance to have an observership program at Queens Medical Center. I want to thank Prof. Dua Harminder, and Prof. Anthony King who accepted me in the Hospital. I would like to thank specially Mr. Pavi Agrawal for taking into consideration my professional priorities and organized my weekly observership routine at the highest level and helped me all these time.

    Dr. Zurab Glonti

    April 2020

    First of all, I would like to thank the European Glaucoma Society for giving me this great opportunity to visit the Glaucoma Department within Queen's University Belfast.
    Prof.Augusto Azuara-Blanco was the mentor who guided me during this observership. He and his highly competent team made me feel welcome. Their way of thinking and managing the healthcare situations had a great impact on me. I had the opportunity to see many interesting cases of glaucoma and their medical and surgical treatment done on a daily basis.

    Arnold György Gale, MD, 5th year resident doctor
    Department of Ophthalmology, University of Szeged, Hungary

    March 2020

    Dear European glaucoma society team,
    Many thanks for organizing a special education program for young specialists.
    I am a doctor from a developing country. I am so happy that your society gave me a chance to visit one of the best glaucoma clinics in Europe. This travel was very fruitful, as I expected. During this observership, I gained a lot of knowledge in the care of patients with glaucoma. I have found answers to many questions that I was asking myself and could not find reasonable answers from the literature. Many thanks to professor Augusto Azuaro-Blanco who was so kind and attentive to me. I followed him in operation theatres where he explained to me every type of operation for glaucoma and disclosed the secrets of surgery. Also, I followed him in consulting rooms where I also expanded my knowledge in non-pharmacological glaucoma care. Professor Azuaro-Blanco organized a high-standard and nicely tailored educational program for me for one month.

    Nazerke Kaiyrzhanova

    March 2020

    First and foremost, I want to thank EGS for giving me this amazing possibility and generously supporting my visit at the Queen's University Belfast Hospitals in the United Kingdom.
    I had the honour of joining Prof. Augusto Azuara-Blanco, and his team of highly competent health care glaucoma providers, to whom I was referred while writing my PhD thesis. I was fortunate to be accepted for supervision by Prof. Azuara-Blanco, who took time off his busy schedule, not only educating me about glaucoma, but also facilitating during my whole stay in Belfast, guiding and helping me in getting involved in the glaucoma society. I would also like to express my special gratitude and thank the whole team for making me feel welcome and sharing their best practices with me.

    Qëndresë Daka, MD- Assistant Professor, University of Prishtina "Hasan Prishtina"
    University Clinical Centre of Kosova
    Prishtinë, Kosovo, June 2019

    July 2019

    First of all I would like to thank European Glaucoma Society for educational Grant. This was a wonderful experience for me. One month passed so quickly. I undertook my observership in Thessaloniki AHEPA Hospital, where I was welcomed by the Head of Ophthalmology Department Professor Fotis Topouzis. AHEPA University General Hospital, also known as AHEPA Hospital is considered one of the biggest hospitals in Greece, based in Thessaloniki. It’s a major teaching hospital and part of the National Healthcare system of Greece.

    Salome Oragvelidze, MD
    Department of Ophthalmology, Belarusian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus. Medical Specialist Training and Accreditation Specialist in Ophthalmology.

    May 2019

    I would like to thank the EGS Executive Committee for selecting me for this special award of a Travel Grant and giving me the opportunity to further develop my knowledge in the field of glaucoma as a young ophthalmologist.
    During February 2019, I undertook my observership in Mainz, where I was welcomed by the director of the clinic Prof Norbert Pfeifer and chief of glaucoma department Prof Esther Hoffmann. The schedule was well organized, and all staff members were very approachable, kind and expert.

    Selma Milisic
    Medical Chamber of Physicans of Canton Sarajevo
    Josipa Vancaša 11, 71000 Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    March 2019

    Dear colleagues from the European Glaucoma Society (EGS), led by President Prof. David Garway-Heath, please accept my sincere gratitude for the support I was given as a part of your great initiative to spend one month at one of the top European Glaucoma Centers.

    I would like to express my special appreciation and thanks to the Head of Ophthalmology Department at San Carlos Hospital in Madrid - Prof. Julian Garcia Feijoo - you have been a marvelous mentor for me. Thanks to your leadership and dedication, combined with your team’s spirit and energy, I felt warmly welcomed by everyone.

    Nora Velikova, MD - Assistant Professor,University Hospital ''Queen Yoanna-ISUL", Sofia, Bulgaria  

    July 2018

    I want to express my gratitude to EGS. This was a wonderful experience for me. One month period passed so quickly, professional skills that I get in saint Joseph hospital is very important for me and my future. The greeting was very warm and friendly. The staff was extremely helpful they welcomed me and helped me to feel as a member of their big family. They showed me all the departments and explained every detail I asked. Despite of the fact that Dr Lachkar was very busy I visited an operating theater with him and he explained  me all the steps of the operating process, all the new methods they use for treatment of glaucoma. This information is priceless for me I am quite sure that my medical practice will become more effective and  I will not frustrate patients (Internally Displaced Persons) who are waiting for me.

    I want to say thank you again for this opportunity and chance for being more qualified and effective doctor.

    Salome Tabatadze
    EVEX Medical Corporation, Georgia

    July 2018

    With this report I would like to summarize my experience from my observership at the University Clinic: Saint Joseph Hospital Paris France.
    First of all I would like to thank European Glaucoma Society for Educational Grant. This was unique opportunity to visit leading glaucoma centre in Saint Joseph Hospital, Paris France.
    I had the opportunity to observe glaucoma and cataract surgeries. I could participate in patients examination, diagnosis and treatment many rare diseases together with  doctors working there. At Saint Joseph Hospital everyone was very nice to me, very kind and helpful and responded to every question that I had.

    Ana Dvalishvili, MD
    Department of Ophthalmology, Belarusian Medical Academy of Post Graduate Education.
    Tbilisi State Medical University, Medical Specialist Training and Accreditation Specialist in Ophthalmology.

    July 2018

    Hospital San Carlos is a great place for ophthalmologists for studding, Improving their knowledge and communicating with experienced specialists. I spent great four weeks in Glaucoma department. The stuff was friendly and easy-going. All the lectures were really useful. Especially, I remember the lecture of Dr. Maria Morena. I’m really pleased for Dr Julian Garcia for the support and help in my education. All the observers can attend interesting lectures, participate in patients examinations, observe surgery and visit the library with a great number of exclusive books and journals. Becides I participated in the web conference between Russia and Spain and it was great! Thank you for such an opportunity!

    Dr Ekaterina Pichikova
    Ophthalmologist-surgeon in "Eye Microsurgery in honour of Fyodorov S."
    Secretary of Novosibirsk - initiative Rotary club, Russia territory 057
    President - elect 2018-2019 of Novosibirsk - initiative Rotary club, Russia
    District (Territory 057) RFE chair 2017-2018

    November 2017

    Department of Ophthalmology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AHEPA Hospital

    I am sincerely grateful to EGS for giving me this unique and outstanding opportunity to participate in EGS Travel Grant program and spend a month at Glaucoma Unit, Department of Ophthalmology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AHEPA Hospital. It was an honor to be a part of an excellent ophthalmology team, leading glaucoma department for Southeastern Europe and learn from well-known experts. Having renowned Prof. Fotis Topouzis as a tutor was a great honor.

    Marija Trenkić Božinović, MD, PhD
    Teaching Assistant, Medical Faculty University of Niš, Serbia
    Department of Ophthalmology, University Medical Center Niš, Serbia

    May 2017

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