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FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF EDINBURGH (FRCSEd (Ophth))
FRCSEd Ophth examinations are designed to test the skills, knowledge and behavior of ophthalmologists in training. The exam is made up of three parts; Part A, B,C. Successful completion of Parts A&B makes the candidate eligible for election to Membership of the Royal College and once elected may designate themselves MRCSEd (Ophth), and after successfully passin Part C candidates are eligible for election to Fellowship of the Royal College and once elected may designate themselves FRCSEd (Ophth).
FRCSEd Ophth is also highly regarded in many other places in the world including the Middle East, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
You must be a graduate of a recognized medical school. You are required to complete 12 months of basic ophthalmic training before sitting for Part A.
For Part B you need to have passed part A (or have exemptions),and completed 20 months of basic ophthalmic training
For Part C:
- Successfully passed Parts A and B (or have exemption from these parts). 5
- Completed four years of ophthalmic specialty training. A minimum of two of these years should have been spent in subspecialty rotational training.
- Provide a certifying letter from their Director of Training confirming the completion of the criteria
- Provide the following documents for assessment in the examination:
- A formal audit on an ophthalmic topic in which the candidate played a leading role.
- A paper or research project on an ophthalmic topic in which the candidate played a major role.
- Surgical outcome audits of consecutive operations personally performed:
- 100 cataract operations
- 10 glaucoma operations (can include laser procedures/cryotherapy procedures, and iridectomies/iridotomies, but must contain a minimum of 7 surgical drainage procedures such as trabeculectomy, trabeculotomy, goniotomy, etc)
- 10 eyelid surgery operations (excludes tarsal cysts and very minor procedures. Should contain at least 7 ectropion, entropion, ptosis or full thickness procedures)
- 3 penetrating ocular trauma operations
- 10 strabismus operations (do not count muscle procedures separately – e.g. a recess-resect operation is one procedure, not two).
• Exemption from Part A may be granted to candidates who have passed Part 1 of the new FRCOphth of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists from October 2006.
• Exemption from Part A, Part B, and the written components of the Part C (Final Examination) may be granted to candidates who hold the MRCOphth.
• Candidates who have previously sat Part 3 of the FRCSEd Ophth Examination and have passed either the clinical refraction and/or any of the OSCE components will be exempt from the corresponding component(s) of Part B.
• Candidates who have passed any component of Part 4 of the FRCSEd Ophth Examination will be exempt from the corresponding component of Part C.
• Exemption from Part A may be granted to candidates who have passed the complete Basic Science Examination written component (including Optics & Refraction) of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Standard Examination. There is a time limitation on this exemption, and this may only be accepted as an exempting qualification within 7 years of passing the relevant ICO examination components, in line with recommended standards as set by the General Medical Council.
Part A Exam:
This part of the examination will comprise of a Single Best Answer (SBA) question paper. The paper will be of three hours’ duration and will test the candidate’s knowledge of basic sciences foundational to Ophthalmology, optics foundational to ophthalmology, ophthalmic investigative techniques and generic issues of medical practice.
Part A is available in Egypt 2 times a year in April and September. The fees for the upcoming exam at 12 Sep 2017 are £500.
Part B Exam:
• A clinical refraction of one patient lasting 30 minutes
• Three objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) each containing a number of stations. The duration will be 20 minutes for each section: Section A Anterior Segment, Section B Posterior Segment, Section C Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Medicine related to Ophthalmology – 20 minutes
• A structured oral examination lasting 1 hour
Candidates who are re-sitting Part B need only re-sit the sections they have previously failed
This part is available in Cairo in once a year not on a regular basis but usually held within November with the application date at August.
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