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Ophthalmic Specialist Training Curriculum

The Ophthalmic Specialist Training Curriculum is the foundation of the Ophthalmic Specialist Training programme. It contains the learning outcomes and resources needed to progress within the training programme.

The OST Curriculum is underpinned by an e-Portfolio system, where you should record your progress against the learning outcomes.

OST curriculum

A comprehensive Resource Library is incorporated within the OST Curriculum.  Each Learning Outcome is supported by a menu of resources as per categories listed below:

  • E-Learning for Health Modules
  • Books/Journals
  • Electronic Resources

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Ophthalmic Local Training and CESR Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) Candidates

The OST Curriculum is also used by doctors both in formal ophthalmic local training programmes and those devising their own training towards CESR. It informs them of the skills and capabilities that they must be able to evidence for their CESR submission.

More information about the curriculum

Development of the new curriculum

In October 2021 the College submitted a proposal to the General Medical Council (GMC) with a start date for the new Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) curriculum of August 2024.

The College undertook consultation as part of the development of the curriculum, which started on 20 April 2021 and concluded on 28 May 2021. Find out more about the consultation process here.

The new curriculum and e-Portfolio will be piloted for one year, starting in August 2023, to test new assessment tools and confirm the suitability of training posts for the new curriculum, in order to identify adjustments necessary before full implementation.

 

New OST Curriculum – newsletters and FAQs

The proposed new OST Curriculum defines the purpose, content of learning, process of training and programme of assessment for ophthalmology specialty training.

New OST Curriculum, Assessment Strategy and Assessment Blueprint

The proposed new OST Curriculum lists high-level, overarching Learning Outcomes that capture the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by ophthalmologists in training and will assess overall capabilities in both clinical and generic professional skills. The Learning Outcomes are mapped to the Generic Professional Capabilities (GPCs) framework. These documents are currently waiting for GMC approval.

New OST Curriculum

The curriculum employs seven domains of practice framed around the GPCs framework. One of these domains, Patient Management (PM) is divided into twelve clinical special interest areas (SIAs).

Assessment Strategy

This document provides further detail on the range of assessment tools to be used by ophthalmologists in training to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills throughout their time in training.

Assessment Blueprint

This table lists the assessment methods mapped to the high-level, overarching Learning Outcomes.

Syllabi – PM and other domains

The syllabi underpin the Learning Outcomes and list descriptors that will provide further guidance on how to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the outcomes. These documents are currently waiting for GMC approval.

Cataract Surgery

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Glaucoma

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Uveitis

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Medical Retina

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Ocular Motility

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Paediatrics

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Urgent Eye Care

List of descriptors for clinical SIA (PM domain) – Levels 1-4

Surgical training

New OST Curriculum

We are waiting for the GMC to approve the proposed new OST Curriculum, due to launch in 2024. Read the latest update here.

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