Virtual Introductory Summer Course in Ophthalmology

A Free Course on the Crucial Elements of Ophthalmology

This 8-week course merges weekly workshops from ophthalmology practitioners and a well structured guide book to deliver extremely valuable knowledge for students.

How it Works

This course is important for people at any stage in medical school. It is broken down into two parts:
1. Weekly workshops from leading experts.
2. A curated set of supplemental readings to enhance the value of each workshop.
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More About This Course

Opportunities To Win Prizes

You'll have opportunities to win prizes while learning from recognized experts in the field.

Learn From Experts

The content and objectives of this course are based on a curated list of learning objectives endorsed by Canadian Undergraduate Medical Education Leads in  Ophthalmology and reference resources from the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO) and the Medical Council of  Canada (MCC)

Claim Credits

By participating in these workshops, participants can claim Section 2 credits in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each video reviewed can be  claimed for 0.5 credits.

Our Objectives

Interactive Learning
This workshop-based course is designed to supplement existing ophthalmology curricula in medical schools.​

Access to Resources
Registrants will receive access to resource materials to enhance learning done in workshops.​

Community Development
VISCO aims to cultivate a learning community among medical students interested in ophthalmology, as well as primary care residents and physicians.

Course Schedules

View Lecture
June 19, 2022
3-5 PM
Dr. Michael Nguyen
Lecture 1
June 26, 2022
3-5 PM
Dr. Danah Albreiki
Lecture 2
July 10, 2022
3-5 PM
Dr. Adnan Alawami
Lecture 3
July 17, 2022
3-5 PM
Pediatrics & Optics
Dr. Michael Wan
Lecture 4
July 24, 2022
3-5 PM
Dr. Irfan Kherani
Lecture 5
August 7, 2022
3-4 PM
Refractive Surgery
Dr. Kashif Baig
Lecture 6
4-5 PM
Dr. Chloe Gottlieb
Lecture 7

Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Michael Nguyen

MD, PGY-5, University of Toronto

Dr. Michael Thai Binh Nguyen is a PGY5 ophthalmology resident at the University of Toronto. He completed medical school at McMaster University and is currently serving as the Co-Chief Resident at the University of Toronto. He was also elected President of the Council of Canadian Ophthalmology Residents (CCOR) for 2021-2022 as part of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS). He is interested in leadership and medical student education and is the Founding Course Director of the Virtual Introductory Student Course in Ophthalmology (VISCO).

Dr. Danah Albreiki

MBBS, FRCSC, University of Ottawa

Dr. Albreiki moved from Saudi Arabia to complete her residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. She then proceeded to complete a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus surgery at the Eye institute in 2012. Dr. Albreiki is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute.

Dr. Albreiki has a passion for teaching, and was privileged to be the first to win the Dr. William Clarke medical teaching award two years in a row in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Albreiki has a research interest in GCA and medical education. She is director of the neuro-ophthalmology fellowship training program at Ottawa university, a member of the EYE VAN, the Co-Director and content expert for the uOttawa Ophthalmology Undergraduate Medical Education "Anglophone stream", the founder of the "Mentor to inspire" mentorship program for the uOttawa Ophthalmology Residency Program. Dr. Albreiki is a national and international examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the founder and director of the Canadian neuro-ophthalmology review course (CNORC).

Dr. Adnan Alawami

MBBS, PGY-5, University of Ottawa

Dr. Adnan Alawami is a PGY-5 ophthalmology resident at University of Ottawa and is currently serving as Co-Chief resident. He is interested in medical education and was honoured to receive the Resident Teaching Award in the 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and catching up on the latest soccer match.

Dr. Michael Wan


Dr. Michael Wan is a paediatric ophthalmologist at Sick Kids Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from Western University and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, with an additional year of training in neuro-ophthalmology, at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate?

Ocular complaints are prevalent and can greatly impact patient quality of life. It is important for all physicians to have a certain comfort level in managing basic eye issues, regardless of your future career path in medicine. Therefore, VISCO aims to demystify ophthalmology and to provide students access to high quality live teaching and high yield resource content to reinforce important ophthalmology concepts.

Who is eligible to participate in this course?

All medical students and residents, regardless of year of training and interest level in ophthalmology, are invited to participate in this course! We believe that the high-yield content presented during the workshops and through the reading material are pertinent to all future medical practitioners.

Can international students or pre-medical students participate in the course?

As the aim of this course is to provide a Canadian perspective to ophthalmology to medical students, some of the content may be less relevant for students studying outside of Canada. Additionally, some of the course content may be challenging for students without a background in medicine. However, interested international or pre-medical students are welcome to participate in the course.

Should I still register if I can’t make it to all the workshop dates? Will workshops be recorded?

Yes - please register even if you can’t make all the dates. This will provide you access to the workshop links/prize draws for the times that you can make it. We will do our best to record some sessions, however, this is at the discretion of the workshop host. Additionally, as the nature of the workshops is very interactive, you will get more out of it by attending in person.

Can I register even though the course has already started?

Yes - while you may have missed a few sessions, you can register to gain access to the remainder of the workshops! Please remember to fill out the pre-course survey during registration and to complete the post-course survey following the completion of the course to be eligible for prizes.

Meet the Organizers

MD, University of Ottawa

Dr. Cody Lo

Course Co-Director

MD, University of Toronto

Dr. Michael Nguyen

Founding Course Co-Director

MD Candidate 2023
McGill University

Anne Xuan-Lan Nguyen

Founding Medical Student Lead

MD Candidate 2023 McMaster University

Mohammad Khan

Medical Student Lead

MD Candidate 2023
University of Manitoba

Andrew Samuel

Medical Student Lead

MD Candidate 2023
University of Saskatchewan

Laura Wu

Medical Student Lead

University of Ottawa

Dr. Danah Albreiki

Faculty Advisor

University of Ottawa

Dr. Michael Dollin

Faculty Advisor