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Ophthalmology department benefits from Lions’ gifts

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 14

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Daniel A. Johnson, M.D., is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, part of the School of Medicine. Click on image for larger view.
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Daniel A. Johnson, M.D., is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, part of the School of Medicine. Click on image for larger view.clear graphic

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By Will Sansom

The Department of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio recently received two gifts from the Lions Sight Research Foundation (LSRF).

Honing microsurgical skills
The LSRF donated $4,000 to support the Lions Surgical Skills Laboratory, a fully equipped microsurgical skills lab available to ophthalmology residents. The lab, created a few years ago with generous funding from the Lions, is located on the fourth floor of the Robert F. McDermott Clinical Science Building within the department’s administrative spaces and basic science labs.

Ophthalmology residents use the lab to practice microsurgical techniques. The skills lab has two operating microscopes, a phacoemulsfication machine, and a wide assortment of microsurgical instruments, sutures, and other supplies necessary to support training. In addition, the lab has a video atlas of ocular surgical procedures.

Enhanced learning environment
The LSRF also donated $8,000 to assist with upgrading the Lions Ocular Pathology Laboratory. This gift was used for digitizing the educational slides, purchasing new teaching resources and upgrading the audiovisual equipment to provide a much enhanced teaching environment for Ophthalmology residents from the Health Science Center’s School of Medicine and the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium.

Daniel A. Johnson, M.D., chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, said, “The Department of Ophthalmology is grateful for the all of the support provided by the Lions.”

 
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