Recommended length of COECSA Residency Program

To deliver all the learning outcomes in the COECSA curriculum, it is recommended that a residency should be structured to be completed in a minimum period of 4 years.


Assessment/Feedback tools

The resident will be assessed using the assessment & feedback tools recommended in the curriculum and by the COECSA examination. The assessment & feedback tools allow each work place based assessment to be recorded and the minimum recommended number are included for the relevant learning outcomes.


Curriculum embedment into existing institutional curricula


  • The institutions that are just about to commence training are recommended to use the COECSA Competency Based Curriculum as the foundation of their training course. It is suggested that a presentation is made to have the COECSA Competency Based Curriculum accepted at the National Accrediting Authorities.

  • Existing institutions should integrate it at the earliest opportunity during the curriculum review process.

  • A staff meeting / workshop to introduce the COECSA Competency Based Curriculum and how it is used is recommended.

  • An introductory lecture at Ophthalmology meetings locally or nationally could be used to introduce the COECSA Competency Based Curriculum to a wider audience.

  • Encourage all the parties involved to familiarize themselves with the learning outcomes and assessment / feedback tools. A workshop for making the assessment and feedback tools effective is important (see Training the Trainers).

  • Issuance of a Digital Version of the COECSA Competency Based Curriculum is recommended for each resident so they have access to it where web access is limited.

Achievement of learning outcome

For the different learning outcomes to be achieved, reference should be made to the COECSA curriculum to establish the specified target years of achievement.


Learning methods

Learning Methods/Delivery

  • Lectures,

  • Clinical Work,

  • Clinical Teachings,

  • Tutorials,

  • Seminars,

  • Conferences,

  • Demonstrations

  • Teaching In Surgical Skills Laboratory,

  • Teaching In A Wet Lab

  • Log Book

  • Dissertations.

  • Self-Directed Learning

  • Clinical Clerkship:

    • Normal Working Hours And Calls

    • Conduct Ward Rounds,

  • Attend Consultant Rounds,

  • Supervise And Teach Their Junior Medical Staff:

    • Undergraduate Medical Students And Paramedical Trainees

  • Carrying Out Call Duties As Per The Hospital Schedule

  • External Clinical Rotations:

    • Have 2 External Clinical Rotations Of 8 Weeks Each During The 2nd And 3rd Year Of The Course.