Clinical Ophthalmology 1 (OPSC5015)


This unit of study and the subsequent associated UoS OPSC5016 Clinical Ophthalmology 2 aim to provide candidates with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to manage ophthalmic conditions. They are mentor based programmes with candidates applying knowledge to eye clinic patients. Candidates are required to attend ophthalmology clinics on a full time basis. These clinics are under the supervision of local or international ophthalmologists. The student will be continuously assessed as to their competence in their management of ophthalmic conditions in both adults and children. The clinical load will be reflected in the spectrum of submitted case histories by the candidate. Candidates will be required to show that they can competently manage ophthalmic conditions. By management, the candidate is required to undertake the following tasks: take an appropriate medical/ophthalmic history; perform an ophthalmic examination, an appropriate general medical examination and an appropriate preoperative assessment. They will also identify the most likely diagnosis, and list an appropriate differential diagnosis. They will be required to outline and/or perform appropriate ophthalmic and medical investigations, outline a management plan for the condition, including (where appropriate): preventative, public health and nutritional measures; genetic, disease education and counseling; general medical therapies; pharmacological, laser, surgical and optical treatments; consultation by other medical or health professionals; organisation of government andNGO assistance and arrange for appropriate ophthalmic and other medical/paramedical follow up. This is required for common eye conditions in the fields of cornea and external diseases, orbital disease, eyelids, lacrimal diseases, intraocular inflammation and uveitis, traumatic eye injuries, lens and cataract, glaucoma, retinal diseases and diabetic retinopathy, neuron-ophthalmology, paediatric diseases, strabismus and refractive errors. Mentor based teaching, fortnightly submitted case reports, Online attendance and completed case histories This UoS will be offered as a mentor based programme with the candidate, under the supervision of three layers of Mentors. Firstly, a local ophthalmologist in their country of practise. This ophthalmologist will be assessed and deemed appropriate by the course coordinators. Visiting ophthalmologists from Australia and New Zealand will also supervise their training and, finally, a representative from the Local Government health authorities who the candidate will be employed by will also serve as a Mentor to the candidate. Candidates will be required to practise ophthalmology in a variety of settings. These will include hospital based ophthalmology clinics, private based ophthalmology practices, ophthalmology clinics run by visiting Australian and New Zealand Ophthalmologists and outreach clinics to other smaller communities. Candidates will at all times be supervised by one of the Mentors as defined above.

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Further unit of study information


Online lectures, seminars and supervision


Online attendance, submitted fortnightly case histories (100%)


Clinical Ophthalmology: a systematic approach (7th ed), Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling; Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier/Saunders, 2011

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


OPSC5013 and OPSC5014

Additional Information

Candidates must be overseas trained medical practitioners from countries without an established vocational ophthalmology training programs and be working in a clinical ophthalmology unit.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.