Ophthalmology around the world
Medical students and doctors from many countries share their opinion about undergraduate training in ophthalmology, as Stacey Strong reports
- By: Stacey Strong
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