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The medical student syndrome

It is often said that “a little learning is a dangerous thing,” but being super savvy can’t put us at the brink of harm, can it? Each year as thousands of students commence their medical degrees, they begin a journey...

Work experience in ophthalmology as an A-Level student

Importance of work experience Medical schools expect applicants to understand what a career in medicine involves, which can be gained through work experience and volunteering. It is strongly recommended by the Medical Schools Council that work experience involves working in...

How to maximise points for your ophthalmology portfolio as a medical student

Ophthalmology is an extremely popular and competitive career option, with one of the highest competition ratios at ST1 level entry (10:1 in 2023) [1]. It is also a highly rewarding speciality, involving: a mixture of medicine and surgery in a...

Getting the Duke Elder examination right: reflections and tips from a medical student

The Duke Elder undergraduate prize examination is an annual exam organised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the United Kingdom. Named after Sir Stewart Duke Elder, a prominent British ophthalmologist, the exam is designed to encourage undergraduate medical students...

The Duke-Elder exam: A medical student’s head start into ophthalmology

The Duke-Elder exam is a specialist ophthalmology exam intended for medical students to sit during medical school. It is named after Sir Stewart Duke-Elder, a pioneering Scottish ophthalmologist who was active in the first half of the 20th Century by...

My top five: Elective grants for an ophthalmology elective for a medical student surviving in a cost-of-living crisis

In a time where cost of living is significantly increasing, and the student NHS bursary is remaining stagnant, funding a medical elective is becoming increasingly more challenging for medical students. Surveys have shown that medical students typically get two to...

Student Ophthalmology Review Day: SORD

by Josephine A Bates, FY2 Doctor, North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple, UK. Opening its doors to medical students across the country once again, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists hosted the Student Ophthalmology Review Day (SORD) with a fantastic turnout. Dr...

PREVIEW: National Student Ophthalmology Conference (NSOC) 2024

The annual National Student Ophthalmology Conference (NSOC) will return for its third year running On Sunday, March 24th, in a virtual setting.

Report: National Student Ophthalmology Conference 2023

A report covering the NSOC23 event which took place on 25 March 2023.

Book Competition - Update: Student and Trainee Discount Available

Following the successful book competition held by Eye News, where entrants competed to win a signed copy of a book, students and trainees can now purchase a copy at a discounted rate.