A career in ophthalmology
An opportunity to work in one of the most rapidly advancing fields in medicine
Ophthalmologists combine the diagnostic and therapeutic aptitudes of a doctor with the technical skills of a surgeon to help save and preserve patients’ eyesight. Of all hospital outpatient appointments, 10% are for eye related conditions, and cataract operations are the most commonly performed operation by the NHS, with 400 000 procedures carried out every year.12
Ophthalmologists need to understand and advise on how visual disabilities can affect a patient’s life, family, employment, and ability to drive. They will need to communicate in an empathetic manner and give practical advice.
Competition is high. In 2017, there were 405 applicants for 77 training places in the UK.34 To apply, you need to complete an application form (via www.rcophth.ac.uk) and pass clinical problem solving and situational judgement tests. Most applicants are shortlisted for an interview, which includes objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) stations on critical appraisal, quality improvement, clinical scenarios, and communication skills. If