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International Observerships

The IOA Exchange Program was developed to facilitate the exchange of ideas by linking those who would like to observe orthoptists practicing in other countries with orthoptists who were willing to have visitors observe their work.  Since the first visit in 2002, a total of 84 people applied to the program and we logged 26 successful visits.  In 2019, the IOA Council of Management decided to close the Exchange Program and redirect all international observerships to the national level. 

Please contact the IOA Representative and the national association of the IOA member country that you would like to visit.  All orthoptic student observerships will be coordinated via the program directors from each country.

We would love to hear about all international observerships or exchanges that happen between IOA member countries and post them on our website.  Please read some fabulous reports from colleagues around the world who experienced an international observership through the Exchange Program.

    Reports from our exchange program

    IOA Exchange program Taranaki Based Hospital in New Zealand

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Japan - New Zealand 

    I have worked as an Orthoptist for seven years, and also I have experience working in a university hospital and a private eye...

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    EXCHANGE PROGRAM I.O.A.

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Italy - USA 

    After many years as an experienced Orthoptist and Assistant Ophthalmologist in various hospitals in Rome, I wanted to seize the moment...

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    IOA Exchange Program at IWK Health Centre 2007

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Japan - Canada 2007

    First of all, I would like to thank Karen McMain for her kindness. She organized the program at IWK Health Center that I was at...

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    IOA EXCHANGE PROGRAMME VISIT TO UK - MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Pakistan - UK 2009

    If I say, one of the pillars in the world of Ophthalmology is Orthoptics everyone would agree with the statement. Being a key...

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    IOA Exchange program New Plymouth, New Zealand November/December 2009

    Germany - New Zealand 2009

    First of all squints seem to be similar in New Zealand and in Europe,...

    I went to New Zealand to learn some more English...

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    Exchange Halifax / IOA-Congress Toronto 2012

    Germany - Canada 2012

    Next year has been 30 years that I finished my orthoptic-training in Switzerland. The first years of working as an orthoptist...

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    IOA EXCHANGE PROGRAM REPORT

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Portugal - UK 2012

    United Kingdom – Frimley Park Hospital, November 2012

    My name is Luís Martins and I'm an Orthoptist in Portugal. During my 6...

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    IOA Exchange Program Visit to Belgium 2016

    Marocco - Belgium 2016

    It was a wonderful experience in UZA (Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen). I received plenty of valuable and useful information...

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    IOA Exchange Program 2018 Visit to Houston. Texas. USA.

    | Reports from our exchange program
    Switzerland - USA 2018

    From March 5 -16, Simone Küng and Andrea Bücheler had the opportunity to immerse themselves in an American pediatric...

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    IOA Exchange program. Moorfields Eye Hospital in the UK 2018

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    London - Japan 2018

    I used to work at University Hospital in Japan for 12 years. During 12 years of my career, I had opportunities to meet students...

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    IOA Exchange Program Visit to the UK – Summer 2009

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    Ukraine - UK 2009

    It was a wonderful trip to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. I received plenty of valuable and useful information in orthoptics...

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    IOA EXCHANGE PROGRAMME - VU MEDICAL CENTRE, AMSTERDAM 2014

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    UK - The Netherlands 2014

    The future of Orthoptics it is now clear lies in extending roles. As professionals who undoubtedly have a wide and...

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