The need for connectivity is the driving force for all the major communication advances seen in the world in the past 10 years. While phenomena like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN have exploded the myth that real time communication need be expensive, they have also given a voice to individuals and more importantly, groups to change society. Within medicine, this revolution is slower but nevertheless still in motion.
While connectivity at a global level can be considered as a media phenomenon, another aspect of connectivity is the development of a network of like-minded individuals or groups with common goals and attitudes.
The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) has developed a concept of connectivity based on the latter, driven by goals of education, training and research. In order to develop a network WSPOS wants centers where paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus is practiced with certain agreed standards. These are KOGHs (Key Opportune Global Hubs).
Standards are defined by internal rules regulating clinical, education and research governance. Where such rules do not exist but clinical volume and need demand establishment of such governance, WSPOS will help develop governance through partner KOGHs that are geographically appropriate or electronically enabled.
Education, Training and Research :
Education : WSPOS wants to develop tele-education facilities with KOGHs, based at the KOGHs with regular tele-lectures within global regions and when possible trans-globally. These facilities can also be used for tele-consults if deemed beneficial.
Training : WSPOS wants to develop a network of centers (KOGHs) that have trained paediatric ophthalmologists and / or strabismologists, or adult ophthalmologists who have expertise in the field of paediatric ophthalmology, willing to accept observers from their global region. WSPOS recognizes that individuals are likely to train better in centers that are culturally appropriate. As a long term goal, KOGHs that are developed for ‘hands on’ training will form a network of international fellowships for training and education. KOGHs will be involved in developing consensus curricula for paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
Research : WSPOS will facilitate global research through arc’s (areas of research collaboration) by developing an appropriate network of KOGHs.
Centers that are KOGHs will therefore be clinics, hospitals or institutions where one or more individual who practice care for children with eye diseases or adults with ocular motility problems, wish to participate in education, and/or training and /or research in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. These individuals will be responsible for communication between the KOGH and WSPOS and also between the KOGH and other KOGHs. The Centers must have clinical and /or research governance regulations in place or be willing to have them developed in collaboration with KOGHs that already have these. KOGHs do not have to participate in all there areas (education, training and research) and can designate their preferred participation level.
Once evidence of governance regulations are received by the executive bureau of WSPOS, a written memorandum of understanding will be executed between WSPOS and the center. A plaque will be made available for the center to display. The cost of the plaque will be borne by the center.
WSPOS is a registered charity and will help with funds for tele-education equipment wherever possible but would expect KOGHs to try and raise such funds also. The cost of observers would also be borne by the observer’s host institution and / or WSPOS.
There is no cost other than purchase at cost price, of a plaque for display in the center for becoming a KOGH. Lists of KOGHs will be available on the WSPOS website with a short description of the centers and the likely type of experience observers are likely to gain by attending the center for observation. Periods of observation are recommended not to exceed 3 months and may be as short as two weeks but these are not rigid recommendations.