Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Undergraduate teaching

The ophthalmology course is taught during Senior Cycle I as part of a 7 week course in medicine, surgery, ophthalmology and otolaryngology. In addition, the students get the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills and are taught the fundamentals of Ophthalmology during a half day tutorial session in Intermediate Cycle III.

Primary care ophthalmology is also taught during the general practice course in Senior Cycle 1.

The Senior Cycle I course in ophthalmology comprises didactic lectures, which are delivered during the first 2 weeks of medicine/surgery/ophthalmology/otolaryngology rotation, a one-week patient-based clinical attachment at either RVEEH or Waterford Regional Hospital. Clinical and research electives are available for those interested in expanding their knowledge and experience in ophthalmology beyond the core curriculum.
Overarching learning objectives of the undergraduate course in ophthalmology are:

  • To develop a deep understanding of the main causes of vision loss (diabetic retinopathy, cataract, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma), their epidemiology and impact on quality of life, and to be able to diagnose these conditions through history and clinical examination to enable appropriate specialist referral for management. 
  • To develop the history taking and clinical examination skills that are needed to formulate an accurate differential diagnosis for any patient presenting with an eye complaint, particularly eye emergencies. 
  • To learn to diagnose and manage patients with conditions that can be appropriately managed by non-specialists in ophthalmology.

More information on the ophthalmology course, including marks and standards, is available on Moodle. The Quinn Medal Examination in Ophthalmology is held at the end of Senior Cycle I.