While pursuing his post graduation from Minto Ophthalmic Institute, Bangalore, Dr Akshay Badakare happened to attend a lecture in Hubli where Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya was a speaker and mentioned about the impressive comprehensive fellowship program at LVPEI. At the same time, Dr Akshay’s wife Dr Swathi Badakare attended EyePEP, a program for postgraduate ophthalmology students, hosted by LVPEI. The couple went ahead and applied for the three year comprehensive fellowship program at LVPEI.
“The fellowship program at LVPEI is at par with the international standards and undoubtedly the best in the country. Initially, it took us couple of weeks to adjust to the rigorous routine but soon things fall in place. I value not only the academic knowledge that I have gained, but also the important lessons that I have learnt in time management and work-life discipline at LVPEI,” says Dr Akshay.
As part of their fellowship, the couple was posted at the peripheral centre, Y Mahabaleshwarappa Memorial Eye Centre in Bellary, Karnataka. “The real challenge at the new centre was to build a rapport with the community and gain their trust. This also made us aware of the various health issues faced by the communities. When Swathi saved a poor, elderly man’s vision by operating him for cataract in his only remaining eye, his entire family turned up to thank us. It was an overwhelming experience that we will cherish for lifetime,” recalls Dr Akshay.
Dr Akshay and Dr Swathi have completed their comprehensive fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and glaucoma respectively in June 2015. They have decided to continue their journey with LVPEI and will soon be joining the institute as consultants.