RETAP: Retina Education and Training for Allied Health Professionals

The Retina Education and Training for Allied Health Professionals (RETAP) program is designed to assist ASRS members in onboarding new practice staff. 

The program offers a series of online educational modules that allow retina practice staff to build essential skills through an introduction to basic ophthalmic medical knowledge, including:

Module 1: Part One
Basic Ophthalmic and Retina Practice Knowledge
  • Ocular and Retinal Anatomy
  • Systemic Diseases and Their Ocular Impact
  • Instruments for a Retina Clinic

Module 1: Part Two

Basic Ophthalmic and Retina Practice Knowledge

  • Retinal Emergencies

Module 2: Part One

Retinal Diseases and Conditions

  • Introduction to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy
  • PVDs/RTs/RDs
  • Approach to Uveitis

Module 2: Part Two

Retinal Diseases and Conditions

  • Anatomy Review and Small Vessel Occlusions
  • Introduction to Large Vessel Occlusions
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusions
  • Uveitis Causes of Retinal Artery Occlusions
  • Macular Traction Syndromes
  • Slit Lamp Examination
  • Retinal Therapeutics Knowledge
Module 3: Office Procedure Knowledge/Pre- and Post-Op Surgical Knowledge
  • Intravitreal Injection Technique: Updated Expert Recommendations
  • Retina Laser Training
  • Instructions for Cryopexy
  • Overview of Pneumatic Retinopexy
The educational series, which was developed by a task force of member volunteers, is an exclusive benefit of ASRS membership and is expected to grow over time.

Here's how to get started!

Allied staff who are interested in participating must complete the application linked below that includes listing the name of an ASRS member in the practice they are affiliated with. Once the information is verified, the applicant will receive access to the education portal. 

Upon successful completion of the educational modules and related quizzes, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Carstens, ASRS Director of Clinical Research and Education.

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