Ophthalmology survey raises questions

Ophthalmology survey raises questions

A new survey which indicates that the country"s ophthalmology students may be being failed by their institutions has resulted in experts asking many questions about the way in which they are taught.

The study, published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, shows that very few British medical schools are teaching students the curriculum set out by the International Council of Ophthalmology.

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the findings have prompted the study authors to question whether devising the curriculum is pointless if it is being ignored by medical schools, and also queried whether students are being taught the skills they need to succeed.

"This survey suggests that doctors in training receive varied ophthalmic training, most of which does not meet the recommended ICO standards, and some may receive insufficient training for their subsequent careers," the BMJ article said.

The ICO"s aims include working with ophthalmologic societies to improve education and also enhancing access to high-quality eyecare.

by Adrian Galbreth

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