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How to pass the FRCOphth Part 1 as a foundation trainee: some practical tips

Attempting the FRCOphth Part 1 examination as a foundation trainee requires significant time and financial commitment. Unlike the MRCP and MRCS examinations, the curriculum of this exam does not overlap with the undergraduate syllabus. As such, it is a steep...

Doing a systematic review: a users’ guide for foundation doctors

Research is increasingly important for junior doctors and systematic reviews (SRs) are a great place to start. Carrying out an SR can help a doctor demonstrate commitment to a specialty, develop research skills and get results quickly. This article aims...

American Academy of Ophthalmology – Updated textbooks Basic and Clinical Science Course 2018-2019

The American Academy of Ophthalmology publish a series of books entitled Basic and Clinical Science Course every year. It’s a highly regarded series and has often been quoted to me as a good reference set of books. Indeed, I invested...

Entries welcome for SOC's first e-poster competition

The first e-poster competition by the Scottish Ophthalmological Club (SOC) is now open for entries.

Rapid Ophthalmology

The book is written by a specialist trainee and as the name suggests is indeed a rapid novice’s guide to ophthalmology. The target audience are the medics and junior doctors who need a brush up or exam revision. However, the...

The invisible touch: a VISION 2020 LINK with Indonesia

Indonesia’s population, the world’s fourth largest, is spread across 6,000 inhabited islands. Whilst some areas (e.g. Kalimantan, Papua) are relatively sparsely populated, Java is the world’s most densely populated island, with twice the population of the UK in half the...

Eyelid and Periorbital Surgery (Second Edition)

Many specialities in surgery intersect, allowing for clinical and research collaboration. Plastic surgery and ophthalmology are one such example wherein a number of different principles have been combined in order to develop reconstructive techniques for conditions affecting the orbital soft...

Handbook of Retinal Disease: a case based approach

This book is suitable for all doctors, particularly ophthalmologists, who want to further their knowledge and understanding of retinal pathologies and keep up to date. The case-based format is effective in evoking an interactive approach to differential diagnosis. The tabulation...

Developing a training model to strengthen diabetic retinopathy screening through a VISION 2020 LINK in India

I. Development of LINK Partnership A VISION 2020 LINK India was established by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2018 between the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and...

My top five eye-related webinars during lockdown

1. Alcon Experience Academy The Alcon Experience Academy ran a non-promotional educational series from 12 May to 23 June 2020. Being mildly biased as a junior trainee, this has to be rated by far the best series due to its...

My top five Instagram accounts to keep your scrolling educational

There’s no denying that now, more than ever, we are better connected to our electronic devices; 24/7, around the clock. The phenomenon of ‘Zoom’ and ‘Microsoft Teams’ is shaping the future of medical education, national trainee recruitment and conference access....

Ophthalmology Review: A case-study approach (Second edition)

Ophthalmology review is a ‘case-driven’ textbook which is aimed at medical students or trainees. It’s quite an inviting textbook – I picked it up and flicked through and felt like this is something I would actually like to read. It...