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Charismatic educator inspires lecture series

news_john_colvinCharismatic ophthalmologist, Dr John Colvin (pictured right), is the inspiration behind a lecture series to be named in his honour.

The John Colvin Lecture Series, to be launched in 2012, aims to teach medical students basic ophthalmology skills and increase its profile among students.

Ophthalmologist Dr Ehud Zamir aims to recreate a series of weekend lectures presented by the late Dr John Colvin at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

“Generations of Melbourne medical graduates fondly recall Dr Colvin’s lectures,” Dr Zamir said.

“His unorthodox lecturing techniques meant they were engaging, entertaining and very educational” he said.

According to Dr Zamir, Dr Colvin presented more than 1,000 lectures to 12,000 medical students over 37 years from 1961.

“To this day, senior doctors quote his Golden Eye Rules,” Dr Zamir said.

“Sadly however, his lectures ceased shortly after he fell ill. The series was continued until recently with the help of Doctors Joseph Reich, Alex Harper and others. The series stopped again after a few years but we’re now reviving the course once more.”

Bringing together ophthalmic experts from all over Victoria, the lectures will address the required ophthalmology curriculum in an interesting and exciting format.

All Victorian medical students are invited to attend the lectures which will be held on Saturday mornings in March, April and May.

The lectures are a joint project between the Centre for Eye Research Australia, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

For more information contact:

Dr. Ehud Zamir: ehud.zamir@eyeandear.org.au

Ms. Geraldine Apswoude: Geraldine.apswoude@eyeandear.org.au


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