Our Cyber-Sight telementors are involved in three principal activities - Contact, Consult, and Content.
Contact: This entails a visit by the volunter mentor to an overseas partner, usually through an ORBIS hospital based program (HBP) or a Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) program, and is usually for 5 days. The mentor and partner communicate well in advance of the visit to ensure the proper arrangements are made. The partner (host) devotes essentially full time effort to the mentor visit. During a program visit, the ORBIS volunteer mentor examines patients in the outpatient clinic, performs surgery on selected teaching cases, and presents lectures to the local doctors.
Consult: This entails a volunteer mentor receiving and answering consults via the Cyber-Sight telemedicine website. This activity requires an "expert", someone with sufficient clinical experience to "see the answer" in the digital images and text presentation. While not a strict requirement, consult mentors are usually at the senior level. This work can be done at home or in the office by the volunteer mentor who makes every effort to answer consults promptly. During "away time" when the volunteer mentor is not available, another mentor can be arranged.
Content: Many of our volunteer mentors enjoy preparing written material and contribute to various features on the website such as the "Ophthalmology Minute", the Question of the Week, E-Learning courses and much more. The website will eventually contain hundreds of short segments and courses covering the basic and clinical sciences.
For more detailed information about the Cyber-Sight program,
please click the link below for the Cyber-Sight program manual