The Examinations Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists is currently chaired by Dr Caroline MacEwen. It is made up of College Officers, Senior Examiners, Council Members, a trainee representative, a SAS representative, a lay representative and other Fellows of the College (by secondment).
There are a number of sub-committees under the auspices of the Examinations Committee. These are:
Part 1 FRCOphth Sub-Committee - Miss Claire Davey
Refraction Certificate Sub-Committee - Mr Robert Taylor
Part 2 FRCOphth Sub-Committee - Mr Peter Tiffin
Diploma Sub-Committee - Mr Nicholas Wilson-Holt
Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery Sub-Committee - Mr Jeremy Prydal
Each sub-committee is led by the relevant Senior Examiner and usually has three to eight members. The broad purposes of the Examination Committee are:
- Developing and updating examinations to test the delivery of Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST).
- To monitor the standards of ophthalmic examinations. This is through a process of involvement in the General Medical Council (GMC) process of quality assurance of examinations and workplace based assessments (WpBA).
- To ensure that, by facilitating the acquisition by ophthalmologists of appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes, patients are treated by safe, competent doctors pursuing successful careers.
- To sustain the high profile and renown of UK ophthalmic examinations internationally.
Queries can be directed to the relevant Chairman through the Head of Examinations.