Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and disease of the eye and visual system. The specialty of ophthalmology in Ireland includes two career structures – medical ophthalmology and surgical ophthalmology.
Doctors interested in pursuing either medical ophthalmology or surgical opthalmology must first complete the basic ophthalmology training programme.
The Common Core years of Basic Ophthalmology Training (BOT)
The purpose of the core foundation years of Basic Ophthalmology Training is to provide a broad based initial training in ophthalmology with attainment of knowledge skills and professional behaviours relevant to the practice of ophthalmology in any specialist discipline. Within these core years of training, much of the content is common across both surgical and medical ophthalmology.
Successful candidates are appointed to one of three rotations for a three year period.
Following successful completion of Basic Ophthalmology Training (requires passing the MRCS exam) and depending on career preference and ability, candidates can compete to enter either Medical Ophthalmic Specialist Training or Higher Ophthalmic Surgical Training.
Entry into Basic Ophthalmology Training (BOT)
Entry to the programme is by annual competitive interview run by the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. Applications open in November/December of each year.
To apply for the Core Training Program a trainee needs to be registered with the Medical Council of Ireland and eligible for trainee specialist registration..
Consideration is given to an honours medical degree, prizes /medals achieved during undergraduate years, postgraduate degrees and presentations, research and /or publications. Personal and professional attributes such as, ability to work as a team, communications skills and personal motivation are also important.
Any interested graduate can contact Siobhan Kelly who can put you in touch with the Dean of Postgraduate Education or other Eye Doctors working throughout the country, whose team, either junior or senior, would be happy to talk to you about a career in Ophthalmology.
Selection & eligibility criteria can be located on the ICO website.