Amazing opportunities await newly qualified ophthalmologists

  • 12 Sep 2023
  • RCOphth

College President Ben Burton last week presented diplomas to more than 150 new Fellows at this year’s Admissions Ceremony.

Congratulating the new doctors, he said: “Make sure you enjoy this day and remember it. Reflect on the hard work and sacrifice that got here. We recognise not just the successful candidates, but also the teachers, friends, colleagues and perhaps most of all parents, partners and family that also made sacrifices to get you where you are today.”

Your colleagues sitting next to you will be future examiners, educators, leaders of research groups, inventors of new treatments, presidents of learned societies, chairs of college committees, medical directors, perhaps even MPs or national directors of health… what amazing opportunities and what amazing responsibilities you have.

President Ben Burton, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The ceremony, which took place on Friday 8 September at Friends House in central London, included the presentation of Honorary Fellowships to Professor Sarah Ellen Coupland, Andrew Jacks and Fiona Spencer. They join a prestigious group of people recognised for their notable contributions to ophthalmology.

Louisa Wickham, the National Clinical Director for Eye Care, gave the closing address.