13.12.2010

Ophthalmology students "are being failed"

Ophthalmology students "are being failed"

By Alexa Kaczka

Ophthalmology students in the country's medical schools are being failed by many of their teachers, who are not complying with the curriculum, a new survey commissioned by the International Council of Ophthalmologists and published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests.

According to the questionnaire, which was sent to 32 UK medical schools, all include ophthalmology in the curriculum, but the amount of time devoted to the subject varies from two to 12 days.

The responses revealed that only four of the schools taught all 13 of the recommended formal teaching topics, while no school taught all ten recommended clinical skills and only one school taught nine of them.

It also revealed that although the vast majority of respondents formally assessed students' clinical skills at the end of the ophthalmic course, only 39 per cent required a pass in ophthalmology for the student to complete the syllabus.

Meanwhile, breakthrough industry research by ophthalmology experts at the University of Washington revealed that new contact lenses could monitor people's health and help to revolutionise the way people live. 

by Emily Tait


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