|........................||I am a PRHO (pre-registration
house officer) who wants to do ophthalmology. Does anybody know any eye
units who will accept people straight from house job? Should I do a MSc
in neurosciences/etc first? Will that help? or Casualty? (or neurosurgery?)
Is anatomy demonstration useful to do( esp if you do head/neck demonstration
or neuroanatomy)? Do I have to do both casualty and neurosurgery?
- ng July 27, 2004 at 15:34:54
|A+E and neuro are really traditional
back door entries into ophthalmology rather than relevant. It is true that
they can buy time to tidy up a tatty cv, but at the end of the day there
is no better preparation for ophthalmology than ophthalmology itself.
Myself and many others have got ophthalmic posts straight from house jobs without part one, followed by very good teaching hospital rotations. I am convinced that in ten years time our burr holes will be as good as yours despite us never having done any. There are also plenty of consultants who went into ophthalmology straight off.
It is a little bit unfair to good candidates out there who probably have excellent cvs that you and your mate
wont shortlist them without A+E and neuro. Just because you and your mate had to do them doesn't mean the world should.
You should let us all know what hospital you work in so that everyone knows not to apply there without doing A+E and neuro despite having fantastic cvs, much experience and probably more publications and research experience than you.
I would certainly consider doing
one or two other SHO posts, preferably in A&E/neuro, as it will give
you the time you need to sit your Part 1, which is almost like an entrance
exam for ophth these days. Also it is nice to get this exam out of the
way, as otherwise it can eat into your Ophth SHO training if you do not
get it first time, which can affect things in the long run.
Yes anatomy demonstrating jobs are
very useful. It will certainly help with your part 1, and it is very highly
regarded on your cv. Go for that if you can. You might be interested to
know that there are 2 SHO posts in Sheffield Royal Hallamshire, which combine
anatomy demonstrating with some clinical in Ophth. It is perfect for people
like yourself who want to sit their Part 1, and it leads on nicely to that
teaching hosp eyejob, without having to jump through too many hoops to
get there. Look out for the advertisements for the next vacancy.
I agree with kate, anatomy is very
hard to come by, if you want the best cv not just to get you an sho post
but also in the longer run for an spr post then go for harold ellis, he
is the last living legend across all specialties, he is based at guys,
write to him and beg him to take you on. i did it before a+E. kates comments
on A+E are useful. as for neuro, i did it in a different era, so i did
more things than you probably will, but nethertheless, it will make you
a better eye surgeon. remember your goal is not to become an eye specialist
with a big private practice as soon as you can, but more it is to be a
good eye specialist. only the best do everything....casualty, neuro and