Booming Demand for Online Ophthalmology Education

May 10, 2021 11:00 AM


CORE is a vital resource as Moran trains eye care professionals worldwide, including Frank Sandi, MD, pictured above, of the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.
CORE is a vital resource as Moran trains eye care professionals worldwide, including Frank Sandi, MD, pictured above, of the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.

For years, the John A. Moran Eye Center’s Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) has offered worldwide access to high-quality ophthalmic learning—an important step in addressing curable blindness on a global scale.

The educational role of CORE’s free, peer-reviewed curriculum became even more critical in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic halted international travel and disrupted training programs near and far.

The number of users at morancore.utah.edu jumped 225% between 2019 and 2020. The number of page views rose about 100 percent for the same period.

CORE’s YouTube usage numbers also saw significant increases from 2019 to 2020. Views increased by 55 percent, while the number of subscribers grew by 121%.

“Virtual and distance learning leaped years forward in 2020 and is now commonplace, with CORE growing at incredible rates,” said Moran Vice Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA.

Here’s a closer look at this invaluable learning resource.

MORAN CORE BY THE NUMBERS 2020

Website (morancore.utah.edu)

  • 324,505 — Sessions
  • 263,846 — Users
  • 455,547 — Pageviews
  • 210 — Countries
  • 89.3%—New Users

YouTube CORE Channel

  • 3,314,123 — Views
  • 3,235,994 — Minutes Watched
  • 9,367—New Subscribers

Top 3 CORE Videos on YouTube for 2021 (as of February)

  • The Orbital Exam
  • PRK
  • The Neuro-Ophthalmology Exam: Neuro CORE Resource

Highlights

  • Nearly 1,000 videos and growing, including training in basic eye care, instructional surgical videos, and faculty lectures.
  • International curriculum, including best practices for outreach work.

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