This unit of study provides students with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to manage ophthalmic conditions. This unit employs a mentor based approach with students applying knowledge to eye clinic patients under the guidance of an approvaed ophthalmologist the student's country of practise, visiting ophthalmologists from Australian and New Zealand and a representative from their local health authority. Students are required to attend ophthalmology clinicsin a variety of settings on a full time basis under the supervision of local or international ophthalmologists. The student will be continuously supervised and 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 student. They are required to show that they can competently manage a wide range of ophthalmic conditions by taking an appropriate medical and ophthalmic history, performing an ophthalmic examination, an appropriate general medical examination an appropriate preoperative assessment, identifying the most likely diagnosis and listing an appropriate differential diagnosis. In addition, they are required to outline and/or perform appropriate ophthalmic and medical investigations and outline a management plan for the condition. This may include 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. At the end of the unit of study, an observed structured clinical exam will be undertaken in Sydney or the student's country practise to assess their competence in clinical ophthalmology. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to work indepndently as an ophthalmologist in their native country.
Mentoring in a live clinical setting
Attendance, submitted fortnightly case histories, OSCE exam (100%)
Clinical Ophthalmology: a systematic approach (7th ed), Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling; Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier/Saunders, 2011
Candidates must be overseas trained medical practitioners from countries without an established vocational ophthalmology training programs and be working in a clinical ophthalmology unit.