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The Rwanda international Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO), a constituent institution of the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, offers a four-year ophthalmology residency program combining clinical training, academic activities, and research opportunities. Four first year positions are available in 2019.

The RIIO Residency attending clinical staff consists of four full-time members and 4 part time faculty. There are two full- time research faculty, two full-time optometrists, a large associate staff of volunteer faculty, and a supporting staff of technical personnel.

The main training facility is the Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Rwanda (DAEH) located within the RIIO Health Hub. RIIO residents will rotate at several affiliated public hospitals which have active inpatient/outpatient services. They will also have opportunities for international electives.

Residents will participate in state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic interventions with patients. At RIIO, we will offer resident education that ensures exposure to

all eye care subspecialties. Our graduates will possess the latest ophthalmology knowledge, sufficient exposure to research and strong clinical and surgical skills.

The RIIO Ophthalmology program is a fully COECSA accredited residency program. Graduates will be awarded the COECSA fellowship on completion. Additionally successful residents will receive ICO part I and Part 2 certificates as part of the program.

Visit https://riio.org/apply/ for more information.


  1. Hello Sir/Madam
    My name is Sophia Gomba, I have interest in studying masters of ophthalmology, I am asking if I still have an opportunity to apply for it for academic year 2019/2020. I wish to study as I know you university is outstanding in east Africa for ophthalmology

  2. Hello Sophia,this is Emmanuel(RIIO program manager) the application for the next year will be open in December,you can apply that time,welcome.

  3. I am Israel Balaigwa,from Dodoma Tanzania,
    I am Registered Nurse as well as Ophthalmic Assistant after 3 months Ophthalmic Course,
    Working with the University of Dodoma Hospital,am asking if for the availability of Ophthalmic Course which can fit me to upgrade my carier please.

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