The ChM provides advanced training for medical and surgical ophthalmologists preparing for the fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in the UK and Ireland and those approaching consultancy.
The programme offers an alternative to clinical/laboratory research training for those students who do not wish to take time out of training. It will develop the trainee's academic portfolio and facilitate medical and surgical research projects essential to a research active career.
The programme runs on a semester basis over 2-4 years and involves approximately 10-15hrs of study each week in a flexible manner.
The programme is delivered using a purpose-built learning environment that supports a variety of learning styles, and allows students flexibility in their study patterns.
Core modules in each area of clinical ophthalmology are aligned to the curricula of the FRCSEd (Ophth) and FRCOphth. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material. Knowledge and understanding.
Academic modules (core and specialist) allow the student to explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills which ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students are required to complete an academic critique in an appropriate subspecialty area of work, such as that resulting from a publication in a peer reviewed journal.
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Prospective entrants must hold a basic medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council and be based within a supervised training programme at the time of commencing the course.
UK trainee applicants will be expected to have completed initial specialist training (ST1-2) or core training (CT1-2) and early intermediate training (ST3), and will normally be commencing their intermediate training (ST4).
Candidates from outside the UK or those not within a recognised training programme will be required to demonstrate that the course is directly relevant to their ophthalmic surgery training.
Applicants should have completed a minimum of 24 months of core training in the surgical specialties and 18 months of specialty training in ophthalmology before enrolling for the ChM.
Applications from established, independently practising ophthalmologists will also be considered.
NHS bursaries worth £1000 may be available to eligible students training in Scotland in Year 1.
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