Training and development (medical ophthalmology)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

The approved postgraduate training programme for medical ophthalmology is available from the GMC.

You can enter medical ophthalmology by one of two paths:

1. You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of two pathways:

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 via this route should also hold the full MRCP (UK).

2. Complete two years of Ophthalmic Specialist Training.

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 via this route should hold FRCOphth part 1

Trainees can enter specialty training in medical ophthalmology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of five years.

Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for medical ophthalmology.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for medical ophthalmology ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

The specialty is well suited to flexible training and working patterns.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from royal colleges or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in medical ophthalmology as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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