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.

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:

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 specialty is well suited to flexible training and working patterns.

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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