International Observers

International Observer

Moran recruits the most talented and enthusiastic ophthalmologists from developing countries to our Observer Program. Each observer spends up to three months in Salt Lake City training in an eye care subspecialty such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, or pediatrics. Visiting doctors attend conferences and rounds, participate in research, practice on surgical simulators, and observe clinics and surgeries. Afterwards, their physician mentors from Moran visit them in their home hospitals, helping to refine their skills in these more challenging environments.  After training with Moran doctors, the Observers become the teachers, sharing their new skills with ophthalmologists in their local hospitals and clinics. Since 2008, the Moran Eye Center has trained almost 100 physicians from over 25 different countries!

International Resident Exchange

Resident Exchange

All residents at the John A. Moran Eye Center have the opportunity to complete a training rotation at an international ophthalmic institution, such as the distinguished Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal. In these unique clinical and surgical settings, residents learn new techniques and gain experience in conditions not often seen in the United States. In return, residents from that host institute travel to the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City to observe new medical techniques and experience the daily operations and resources of a top American eye institute.

UNHS Ophthalmic Training Program

UNHS training

The Moran Eye Center, in partnership with United Navajo Health System, Inc. (UNHS), has been providing free pediatric and adult eye care on the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation since 2013—including vision screenings, glasses, and sight-restoring surgery. Currently, UNHS does not offer ophthalmic services on the Navajo Nation. Beginning in early 2015, the Moran Eye Center launched a training program for UNHS physician assistants and nurses to teach them how to provide basic eye care.  Every month, when Moran physicians travel to the Navajo Nation to provide charity care, they work side-by-side with UNHS PAs and RNs. Additionally, UNHS providers travel to the Moran Eye Center for week-long rotations to observe clinics and surgeries with Moran physicians. 

For more information about the Moran Global Outreach Division’s education initiatives, please contact Emily Olsen at 801-213-3444 or