Trainees’ welfare is of utmost importance to the The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and we hope that the following provides clarity and will allow you to plan for the coming months to years. Given the rapidly changing nature of things, however, even this advice may need to change.
Training during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in learning opportunities for trainee ophthalmologists both in terms of experiences and in assessments, particularly where elective surgery or outpatient reviews are cancelled. The College recognises this and that trainees are concerned that this will have an impact on their progression through training.
Taking examinations during COVID-19
The pandemic has affected the workplace and our personal lives. Measures, such as social distancing, are impacting on the way the College operates, and the examinations that it provides.
In order to continue to deliver examinations during this time, we have been forced to modify some of the examination processes. The decisions we have taken are designed to support trainee ophthalmologists’ progress and to reduce disruption as far as is practically possible.
Restoration, transformation and training
As we receive further information from the regulator (GMC), Deans and the Statutory Education Bodies of all four nations, we will send further updates. Otherwise please regularly check the COVID-19 website page for updates.
As the medical profession comes under increasing pressure due to the pandemic, we need to support each other where we can. Importantly, please ensure that you continue to look after your own health and wellbeing.
Trainees’ welfare is of utmost importance to the College and we hope that the following provides clarity and will allow you to plan for the coming months to years. Given the changing nature of things, however, even this advice may need to change.