Ophthalmology study in the UK

There is a great demand for the study of ophthalmology in the UK. Specialists are needed faster than the UK can produce, so there are many opportunities for an overseas trained ophthalmologist to work here. If you are interested in entering residency in ophthalmology and surgery in the UK, be aware that it is very competitive. However, through hard work and a clear strategy, it is certainly possible to get a place in the UK Ophthalmology Residency Programme (speaking from my personal experience!)

Study Ophthalmology in the UK
Study Ophthalmology in the UK

Steps to work in the UK

  • Set your long-term goal
  • Register yourself with GMC
  • Find a suitable job
  • Obtaining a work visa
  • Get Started

Setting your long-term goal

Before you can embark on our journey, you really need to set your long-term goal. This is the step that many international students skip and end up taking a long, winding, sad road.So before you keep reading, pause for a minute to answer this question: What do you want to get from coming to the UK?

There are 3 main options when it comes tostudying medicine in Britain:

  1. Become a recognised ophthalmologist and ophthalmologist in the UK
    • Whether you want to stay in the UK for a long time or immigrate elsewhere afterwards, it's up to you.
  2. Long-term work as an ophthalmologist in the UK without becoming a recognised consultant
  3. Completed an Ophthalmology Fellowship in the UK / gained experience in the UK and then returned home

What is the answer for you?

By answering this question early, you can save wasted time and money spent on following a path that doesn't lead to your ultimate goal.

Other options

Of course, there are other options such as pursuing a career in research, medical education, pharmaceuticals, hospital management, etc. However, these functions are not addressed in this article.

How to reach your long-term goal

The good thing about the UK, is that the tracks are flexible and there are plenty of options. But that's why it's so puzzling.Here I'm going to review each of the three potential long-term goals in more detail.

Become a recognised ophthalmologist and ophthalmologist in the UK

If you want to be recognised as a UK Consultant Ophthalmologist and Surgeon, and to be eligible to apply for permanent NHS consultant positions, you must be registered with the GMC Specialist Register.

You can register a specialist in 3 possible ways:

  1. CCT
  2. CESR-CP
  3. CESR

These three methods vary depending on how much of a UK ophthalmology residency programme you complete (specialist training).

valence

In the UK, all three routes are considered equivalent. You will be recognised as a consultant ophthalmologist and ophthalmologist in the UK via any of these three methods.

But please be aware that this may not be the case abroad. Some countries do not accept CESR as a CCT equivalent, so if you plan to immigrate after becoming a consultant in the UK, be sure to check with that country's medical authority first.

Long-term work as an ophthalmologist in the UK without becoming a recognised consultant

Not all doctors aspire to work as a consultant, the responsibilities are great and some doctors find the role unattractive. If you don't want to become a consultant, rest assured that you can still work as an ophthalmologist in the UK with decent pay and a good work-life balance. However, you should be aware that you may have less uptime compared to consultants and interns. This varies from hospital to hospital.

Complete a fellowship programme in the UK and then return home

Many doctors want to gain experience and training in the UK in order to better serve their patients back home. If this is something you care about, there are two ways to do it.

Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Residency in the UK

Let's talk a little bit about the ophthalmology training programme in the UK. Officially, it is called specialized training in ophthalmology (OST). Its duration is 7 years and is numbered every year. The first year is called ST1/OST1, every year the number rises until the last year ST7/OST7. You will receive a salary during the internship.

Program Structure

The first two years cover basic training in ophthalmology, while the next 3.5 to 4 years cover higher training in ophthalmology, and cover the last year and a half in a subspecialty. Over the course of 7 years, you will meet patients in clinics, deal with emergencies overnight and on weekends, attend teaching sessions and conferences, and perform surgery.

In some programs, you will remain in the same hospital for ST1 and ST2. You will then be transferred to a new hospital in your area every year until ST7. In most programs, you will move to a new hospital every year for 7 years.

Exams

The official exam for ophthalmology in the UK is FRCOphth. This test consists of 4 parts. All parts must be passed by the end of the 7-year training program.

  • Part 1 – This is a written exam on basic ophthalmology sciences. It is a requirement for ST3 applications, but not for ST1 entry. However, if you pass this test before ST1, you will get extra points in the ST1 application. Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Residents must pass the first part before applying to ST3.
  • Refractive test – must be passed by the end of ST3.
  • Part 2 – Part 2 is actually a two-part exam with a multiple-choice exam and an oral exam. Tests are performed on different dates. Interns in ophthalmology and surgery must pass these tests by the end of ST7.

How to Apply for Residency in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology in the UK

Applications are opened once a year and are submitted through the Oriel website. The exact dates are released each year but the general timeline is as follows:

NovemberApplications open
In December/January-Interdisciplinary Employment Assessment (MSRA Test) is required for ST1 only, not ST3
FebruaryNational Interview + Portfolio Registration
One to two weeks after the interview preference(Ranking of preferred locations to work in the UK)
2- 3 weeks after the issuance ofResults
August-Start of training

Is ophthalmology competitive in the UK?

Specialist training in ophthalmology and surgery in the UK is highly desirable, but competitive (2018 ratio 4:1). Approximately 400 candidates participate in an annual national recruitment process, offering a range of building achievements.

How difficult is it to get into ophthalmology in the UK?

If you are interested in entering residency in ophthalmology and surgery in the UK, be aware that it is very competitive. However, through hard work and a clear strategy, it is certainly possible for IMG to get a place in the UK Ophthalmology Residency Programme (speaking from my own experience!)

كم راتب طبيب العيون فى المملكة المتحدة؟

بصفتك متدربًا في المستوى التخصصي ، يمكنك أن تكسب ما بين 39467 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا و 53.077 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا. تتراوح رواتب الأطباء المتخصصين من 45124 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا إلى 77.519 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا. يبدأ راتب المستشارين من 84.559 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا يرتفع إلى 114.003 جنيهًا إسترلينيًا حسب طول الخدمة.

ما هي مدة تدريب طب وجراحة العيون في المملكة المتحدة؟

بعد البرنامج التأسيسي ، يمكنك التقدم للحصول على تدريب متخصص مدفوع الأجر لتصبح طبيب عيون ، والذي سيستغرق ما لا يقل عن سبع سنوات. قد تكون قادرًا على التدريب بدوام جزئي ، على سبيل المثال لأسباب صحية أو إذا كانت لديك مسؤوليات عائلية أو رعاية.

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