Education and training
Trainees in medical ophthalmology are likely to undertake fellowship training in a subspecialty or subspecialties of their choice, sometimes in another country.
All medical ophthalmology consultants are obliged to spend a minimum of 50 hours on continuing professional development (CPD) annually according to the GMC.
Local training: There should be local training programmes for staff participating in medical ophthalmic specialties including allied health professionals undertaking extended practice roles.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has produced a cost of training document setting out the mandatory costs of training involved in college enrolment fees, examination costs and GMC fees. Published in October 2017, it has been compiled to help pre-specialty doctors make fully informed career selections, with a clear understanding of the mandatory costs of their future training pathway.
Courses and conferences
Physicians should be allocated study leave and budget to enable attendance at courses, conferences and seminars to maintain their skills and knowledge in this rapidly changing specialty. The specialty is represented by Medical Ophthalmology Society UK, an organisation dedicated to the education of medical ophthalmology trainees and consultants. Other meetings that contribute to CPD include:
- Royal College of Ophthalmologist’s (RCOphth) Annual Congress
- European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA) Congress
- European Society of Neuro-Ophthalmology (EUNOS) Meeting
- International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS)
- North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)
- UK Neuro-Ophthalmology Special Interest Group (UKNOSIG)
- Oxford Ophthalmic Congress.
The principal international research meeting in ophthalmology is the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), held annually in the USA.