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Trainee Enrolment

Enrolling with the Royal College

It is mandatory for doctors in training to register with the Royal College once appointed to a specialty training post.  Your existing membership status will continue if you are already a member of the College. If you are not yet a member, it will be necessary to apply for affiliate membership by completing the Affiliate-Trainee-Membership-application-form. Please return the completed form as per instructions within, also accompanied by the Equality and diversity monitoring form.  A Direct Debit form should also be completed and sent by post.

It is important that membership is maintained throughout training; failure to do so will result in the removal of access to the e-portfolio and all other benefits.  Use of the e-portfolio became compulsory for all ophthalmologists in training on 1 August 2008.

In addition to the standard benefits of membership, below are examples of specific ways in which trainees benefit from the work of the College:

  • The work of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group, which is supported by the College
  • Approval of out of programme training or research towards the CCT  that GMC will not approve without College support
  • College support to Regional Advisers, Training Programme Directors and College Tutors in their local work with trainees
  • Travel Awards and Scholarships administered by the College
  • CCT or CESR (CP) recommendations to GMC at completion of training subject to satisfactory Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP)
  • Availability of advice on education and training issues
  • Curriculum review and assessment development
  • e-portfolio including CPD recording system
  • Monitoring of acquisition of Workplace Based Assessments (WpBAs) nationwide to improve reliability and fairness (necessary for continued approval of curriculum/assessments by GMC – this requires the universal use of the e-portfolio)
  • Reduced fee for attendance at College Congress
  • Access to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic News and Education (O.N.E.™) Network, including full text access to five journals: Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Clinics of North America and Survey of Ophthalmology, as well as the entire Wills Eye Manual.

Also see the OST information page for important information and documents.