Ophthalmic Specialist Training Curriculum
In August 2007 there was a major change in specialist training in the UK as the unified ("run-through") training grade begins (known in ophthalmology as "Ophthalmic Specialist Training", or OST). The Curriculum Sub-committee of the Education Committee at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has developed a new, updated Curriculum for this programme. This work has been undertaken in close collaboration with the Training and Examinations Committees to ensure that learning and assessment are fully integrated and coordinated. To achieve consistency with best modern educational strategies it has been written as a Learning Outcomes document: it is based around 179 such outcomes.
Along with this there have been significant changes in the College examinations and other assessments have also changed to match more closely those used for the Foundation years.
Please note that these changes will only compulsorily apply to those entering OST with a new Training Number from August 2007 onwards. Existing SpRs will normally continue on the old curriculum, although they may be given a chance to swap at some stage.
The new Curriculum has been approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, or "PMETB".
The Curriculum is presented as a web-based document, for ease of use and of distribution. It is now available here: OST Curriculum
Please visit this site, look around the Curriculum. The Curriculum is supported by an interactive e-portfolio system for OST trainees which greatly simplifies and improves the recording of assessments and tracking of overall progress through the Curriculum.
If you have any queries or concerns please relay these to :
Mr David Cottrell
Chairman - Curriculum Sub-committee
The Curriculum is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Ophthalmology and a donation made in memory of Mr Alex Tomkin.