The Iowa ophthalmology wet laboratory curriculum for teaching and assessing cataract surgical competency

Ophthalmology. 2007 Jul;114(7):e21-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2006.07.051. Epub 2007 May 1.


Purpose: To describe an ophthalmology wet laboratory (OWL) curriculum for residents in training.

Methods: Systematic literature review and selection of best practices for use in the OWL learning plan from a single academic ophthalmology program.

Results: A pretest and posttest of cognitive skills, objective wet laboratory structured assessment of skill and technique, and summative global evaluation form were developed as part of a systematic OWL curriculum.

Conclusion: The Iowa OWL curriculum may form the basis for successfully utilizing the wet laboratory to teach and assess aspects of resident surgical competence in cataract surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Humans
  • Laboratories*
  • Ophthalmology / education*
  • Teaching*