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Microsurgical Skills Courses

Microsurgical Skills courses, a mix of lectures and practical skills sessions, are run at the College in the state-of-the-art Skills Centre. The courses cover the basic concepts of instrument design and handling, sutures, suturing and knots, wound construction and closure and the use of the operating microscope. The courses are three days long, the third day being dedicated to basic phacoemulsification training, although the first two days include training in microsurgical skills relevant to cataract surgery also.

Please see the programme: MSS Programme

It is mandatory for all UK ophthalmic specialist trainees to complete a College run Microsurgical Skills Course before undertaking intraocular surgery. Courses are popular and often fill up quickly.  Trainees at F1 and F2 may join courses.

Any ST1s training in Ophthalmology in the UK who unable to get a place on the course of their choice are advised to contact the Education & Training Administrator directly.

There is a mandatory e-learning component which must be completed before attending the three days. The course is not formally assessed and does not lead to an examination; we want to be supportive of new trainees and create a relaxed atmosphere in which learning is a pleasure. However, we do reserve the right to liaise with any trainee and his/her educational supervisor if it becomes apparent that a trainee is experiencing exceptional difficulties with the course.

The three day course costs £665 (2018) and £705 (2019) inclusive of VAT and includes lunch for the three days and an evening meal on the first night.

Each course has limited places. We do not operate a waiting list.

Registration for booking

If you have registered with RCOphth before, you must book with your account details by logging in here.  If this is the first time you have booked a course with us, you will be asked to register your details first to create an account.  This will only take a few minutes, your details will be stored which will make it easier to book online again.

Please choose and book your course carefully. Cancellation charges are clearly stated on the terms and conditions which you must read and accept when making a booking.

View the available courses from the College.

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