Ophthalmic Science - Oculoplastic Surgery


2012 sees the launch of our subspecialty stream in Oculoplastic Surgery. This subspecialty stream is offered as part of our ophthalmic science programmes and is the first of its kind in the world. The field of Oculoplastic Surgery has been steadily expanding and has traditionally been taught as a fellowship programme with no formal written work. The written work and wet lab opportunities offered by this course will add to any fellowship training performed in the region. The diploma and degree will be of use to both local and international students who wish to perform Oculoplastic Surgery with substantial training in the basic skills and practical knowledge. Specific study in the area of Oculoplastic Surgery offers students an opportunity to gain a professional understanding of oculoplastic issues.

Articulation Pathways

There are two points at which students may elect to graduate:

  1. Upon successful completion of 36 credit points of coursework students may graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science (Oculoplastic Surgery).
  2. Upon successful completion of a total of 48 credit points of coursework students graduate with a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science – Oculoplastic Surgery).

Sydney Medical School Handbook: http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/medicine/postgraduate/coursework/ophthalmic_science.shtml

Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science (Oculoplastic Surgery)

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science (Oculoplastic Surgery)involves four units of study taught via distance learning; Ophthalmic Anatomy, Ophthalmic Physiology, Oculoplastic Surgery 1 and Oculoplastic Surgery 2. The coursework is completed by a Practical Oculoplastic Surgery unit which involves a 3 week clinical and wet lab placement to ensure the skills required for performing oculoplastic surgery are gained. TEach candidate must achieve a total of 36 credit points including Oculoplastic Surgery 1 & 2 and Practical Oculoplastic Surgery to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science (Oculoplastic Surgery).

Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science – Oculoplastic Surgery)

Each candidate must achieve a total of 48 credit points to successfully complete the Masters degree. Areas of study include Ophthalmic Anatomy, Ophthalmic Physiolgy, Oculoplastic Surgery 1, Oculoplastic Surgery 2, and a research dissertation. The course work is completed by the Practical Refractive Surgery unit of study that involves a 3 week full time clinical and wet lab placement to ensure the skills required in performing refractive surgery are gained.

Total Credit Points 48
Full-time study 1.5 to 3 years to complete
Part-time study 3 to 6 years to complete

Entry Requirements

For admission to the Oculoplastic Surgery stream applicants must have:
a. a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification

b. appropriate medical indemnity insurance cover
c. completed the requirements of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists , and be able to undertake a subspecialty fellowship in the final year of accredited training
are registered to practice ophthalmology in their state, territory or country

Applications from students with post-graduate training and accreditation in other areas such as Plastic Surgery and Dermatology may also be considered.

Units of Study

Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy of relevance to the practice of ophthalmology, in particular the eye, the visual pathways, the orbit and its contents including peri-orbital structures. They are also expected to have an understanding of the embryology, maturation and normal ageing changes of the human eye. They should also be familiar with the anatomy of the head and neck including neuro-anatomy, histology and the use of diagnostic imaging as it pertains to the visual system. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the normal anatomical organisation of the human eye, orbit and contents and head and neck in terms of cells, tissues, organs and systems, (2) describe the principal components of the human visual system and their function in detail and (3) describe how diagnostic imaging may be used in ophthalmic practice.

OPSC5001: Ophthalmic Anatomy (9 credit points)
OPSC5002: Ophthalmic Physiology (9 credit points)
OPSC5034: Oculoplastic Surgery 1
OPSC5035: Oculoplastic Surgery 2
OPSC5036: Practical Oculoplastic Surgery

And (Masters students only)

OPSC5005: Treatise (12 credit points)

Further information and applications