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Ophthalmology Overseas

International - world mapThe Royal College of Ophthalmologists has a broad international base.

About 25% of College members live and work overseas. The College has active links with training and examinations in a number of countries, particularly in Africa through the vision 2020 links programme.


The College’s International Strategy aims to

Improve education and training to raise standards in ophthalmology worldwide

  • By building links and MoUs overseas for training and teaching
  • By offering examinations abroad
  • By assisting international medical graduates to come to the UK for training via the dual sponsorship scheme
  • By encouraging International participation at College Congress

Strengthen support for International members and those who undertake work overseas

  • By providing information regarding revalidation and CPD
  • By endorsing the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges volunteering statement (link to AoMRC IF)
  • By working in partnership with UK and International agencies

Ensure adequate governance and coordination of International activities within College processes

The overall aim is to share and promote the College’s high standards for Ophthalmology in order to benefit patients globally.

The Academy of Medical Royal College International Forum (AoMRC IF) has recently drawn up a volunteering statement which promotes and assists volunteering abroad to encourage employers to allow doctors to take a period of time to volunteer their services. This aims to recognise the value of volunteering for professional development as well to improve a consistent approach to this valuable activity.

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