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Foundation Training

There have been recent new initiatives at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists that are specifically aimed at attracting Foundation Trainees to consider a career in Ophthalmology. We are particularly keen to embrace diversity and ensure that Ophthalmology appeals to our brightest, hard-working young doctors. A career in Ophthalmology offers many different sub-specialist options and the opportunity to become involved in important clinical, research and educational initiatives. You will be hard pushed to find an Ophthalmologist who does not love their work! The new developments aimed specifically at Foundation Trainees are outlined below:

  • Development of a Royal College unified ‘Eyes and Vision’ curriculum for medical students and Foundation Trainees. This curriculum highlights the core skills that all doctors should possess.
  • National Royal College essay prize for Foundation Trainees. This prestigious award is open to all FY1 and FY2 doctors in the UK and takes the form of an essay competition. The winner of the competition is invited to submit their essay at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress and receives free entry to the meeting.
  • Development of an annual national Royal College course for all Foundation Trainees (and medical students) interested in ‘Eyes and Vision’. The first course will run in early 2017 and will cover a range of topics including:
  1. Clinical pearls
  2. Getting started out on a career in Ophthalmology
  3. Research opportunities in Ophthalmology
  4. Overseas work in Ophthalmology
  5. Finding a mentor


Useful links

Foundation Training programme

Undergraduate Ophthalmology

Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors – 2017