Education and Training
The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital is the largest training centre in Ireland for ophthalmic surgeons and medical ophthalmologists. Six to eight basic specialist trainees rotate through different sub-speciality areas to gain broad experience across a range of ophthalmic disciplines for a period of three years prior to deciding on a future career in medical ophthalmology, which requires one further year of training, or ophthalmic surgery, which requires competitive entry into the four-and-a-half year national Higher Specialist Training programme. Four specialist registrars, who are at the higher specialist training level, are based at the hospital and rotate through different sub-specialty units both at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and at other hospitals around Ireland. A number of fellowship positions also exist in which trainees with a particular interest in a sub-specialty are given the opportunity to focus on a narrow area to develop highly advanced clinical and surgical skills.
The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital benefits from a new Education and Conference Centre that provides state of the art facilities for medical education. The post-graduate teaching programme for ophthalmology is delivered from the Education and Conference Centre to seven regional sites via web-based video conferencing on a monthly basis.
More information about basic and higher specialist training in medical ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery in Ireland is available on the Irish College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Websites.
RCSI Postgraduate Examinations
For up to date information on Exam regulations and dates please see the RCSI Examinations website.
Changes to post-graduate training in ophthalmology in recent years have led to the need for a more modern approach to the membership and fellowship assessments.
Professor Murphy is leading a number of changes to the MRCSI and FRCSI examinations in ophthalmology, including a restructuring of the examinations and the modernisation of the syllabus. It is expected that once implemented, candidates will be able to sit the new examinations at a number of overseas centres, building on the international reputation of the College. Those interested in learning about career structures in ophthalmology in Ireland can visit the website of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists at Eye Doctors