Clinical Ophthalmology 2 (OPSC5016)


This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to manage ophthalmic conditions. This is a mentor based programme 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 take an appropriate medical / ophthalmic history, perform an ophthalmic examination, an appropriate general medical examination 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 and 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, organization of government and NGO 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 disease, intraocular inflammation and uveitis, traumatic eye injuries, lens and cataract, glaucoma, retinal diseases and diabetic retinopathy, neuro-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 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. At the end of the unit of study, a supervised clinical exam will be undertaken in Sydney or their country of practise. The exam will be a clinical exam assessing the candidate's competence in clinical ophthalmology. It will take the form of both a written and clinical exam. The clinical exam will include an observed clinical exam, utilizing patients with ophthalmic conditions and a long case exam involving detailed management of common eye conditions. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently as an ophthalmologist in their native country.

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2hrs online per day x5 days (13 weeks). Study concurrent with full time work


Online attendance, submitted fortnightly case histories, OSCE exam, long case (100%)


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

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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.

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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.

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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.