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so many time and to dead. I think it is also in the highlight of this site.
Essentially get Ferris, Chua and Malhotra books and do all the mcqs, ask
the college for past SAQs and syllabus and answered them all and pray hard
that most of the questions will reappear. For career speak to the head
of the department in your hospital or where you are hoping to apply.
I agree with the sentiments expressed
Congratulations on your career choice.
You can find all the answers to your questions on the FAQ link on this
Pointers for your career; well it
sounds like you have started well by achieving the Ophthalmolgy prize in
your med school. If the hosp you are doing your JHO posts has an Ophth
department, speak to one of the friendly consultants to express your interest.
I think it is a good thing to do
your Part 1 prior to your 1st SHO post, but it is not always necessary.
Although it is such a competitive field, that it is almost considered an
entrance exam these days. It is a good idea trying to gain SHO posts in
A&E/Neurosurgery/Medicine after your JHO year as these are considered
allied specialities, and therefore relevant.
Enjoy your JHO year, but after that
knuckle down and start preparing for your Part 1. The text most people
use in Forrester. Apart from the 1st chapter (Anatomy and Embryology),
it may all seem incomprehensible at first, but persevere with it, as I
hate to admit it, but it is a great text, just badly presented. Accompany
your work with lots of MCQs and you should be fine. There are no shortage
of questions on this site, and there are plenty of MCQ books on the market
as outolined by Kelvin.
After that, you just have to try
and get your foot in the door. Try and enhance your cv by doing audits
while in A&E, Neuro which are relevant to Ophth. That's what I did,
and I think that helped clinch me the shortlisting for my 1st Ophth interview.
In general try and gear your cv
towards Ophth, by going on courses relevant to Ophth, experience gained
in Ophth so far eg you could say you are proficient at the slitlamp and
dealing with basic eye emergencies after your A&E stint. I can think
of lots of other ways you can put an Ophth spin on your cv, without having
done any yet, but I will let you do some thinking for yourself!