Ophthalmology around the world
Medical students and doctors from many countries share their opinion about undergraduate training in ophthalmology, as Stacey Strong reports
Anyone studying medicine can appreciate the incredibly vast amount of material covered throughout the course. A tremendous amount of organisation is required to rotate students through each field of medicine, providing them with sufficient clinical experience. I realise that as much time as one spends in each discipline, there is always more to learn and more experience to gain. However, I believe that one specialty requires particular attention: ophthalmology.
As a fourth year medical student in London, I have noticed the lack of ophthalmology training we receive. A various amount of time is spent in each department, but ophthalmology is comparatively the least. Last year I attended two morning clinics and one theatre session, during which time I was expected to have a “competency” sign-off for using an ophthalmoscope, as well as performing basic visual eye tests including: visual acuity, visual field, blind spot, eye movement, and pupillary testing. I