Please let me know about the books
I should read for my Part 1, MCQs, courses available for that (if relevant).
I know people were reluctant about
naming and shaming bad units for SHO training. But would anyone be willing
to suggest good units that are worth working in.
I am in a SHO post in a DGH (District
General Hospital), which has looked after me really well in all ways possible,
audit, surgery, training and want me to continue working for them from
August. At the same time I've been shortlisted for a teaching hospital
rotation which I want. I feel loyal to the DGH that gave me the initial
opportunity to enter the speciality. my boss thinks i can apply for a university
rotation after another 6 months, but what's the point if i can get one
now? my boss is very powerful and very well known in all the big eye circles
and expects me to stay on. what should i do?
I am just starting an SHO post.
Luckily we have a departmental optometrist who has agreed to help teach
me for part 2. Where should I start given that i know nothing really about
refraction or optics>?(I did try to read Frank & Elkington but it was
very dry I thought practical experience would be better).
Hi, I am shortlisted in North Middlesex
Hospital. How is the hospital? Could the SHO there throw some light? Thanks
Seeking MD Funding. Suggestions
please - I have a mortgage to pay.
From this message board, it seems
like going to XXX Hospital and XXX Hospital are kisses of death.
What then should a good DGH be like?
How long do you think you need to
prepare for the exam, taking into account you are working at the same time.
MRCOphth I Course: UCL versus Imperial/Birmingham.
Which is better?
Which to attend? Many thanks.
I am currently doing a SHO job in
neurosurgery. Failed my MRCOphth and can't get a job in eyes. Really desperate.
I am interested to know what are
my chances of getting an SpR number if I have never worked in a teaching
hosp, all DGH? Does anyone know any SpRs who made it this route. I can
only think of 1:-( . I have 3 publications, and am working on a few more.
If there is no chance of me getting a number, what are my chances of getting
a LAT? And what is a LAS? Any advice would be most appreciated.
I have been shortlisted for a teaching
hospital. Should I visit the unit before the interview or just ask the
secretary to show me around the day before the interview? If I were to
visit the consultant before the interview what am I supposed to ask? If
the secreatary gets a SHO to shows me around, should I ask to see the consultant
6 weeks into my first ophth post,
not even touhed a surgical instrument, is that normal?! arent i supposed
to have done 50 within the first 6 months?!
What will be the implications of
MMC (Modernising Medical Careers) on ophthalmic training?
How many ophthalmic senior house
officers and specialist registrars are there in the UK?
2 weeks left of my current SHO post
and there is no job to go to. Help! I've been trying like mad go get a
job,any job,with no luck.
A new record for SHO applications
to our rotation. 161 CVs for 1 (possibly 2) posts.
99 Had Part 1 or more. How does
one cut it further? Probably half would do the job well, perhaps a quarter
would be excellent. How did I decide in the end?
I shorlisted those who I thought
would be able to get an SPR post in 2 years time, those that had done something
exceptional, such as a peer reviewed publication after only one year in
a DGH. There were a surprising number of these. some excelled in other
Incidentally over half the shortlisted
candidates trained overseas and there was only one caucasian shortlisted
by me. On the whole British qualified candidates were better at presenting
a CV, but fancy paper doesnt make up for lack of content.
I'm 28 yrs old,just cleared my plab,have
done a postgraduation in ophthal from india and am hoping for a carrer
here in Ophthal.I'm taking up part 1 MRCOphthal in Oct.I did FRCS Glasgow
part 1 last year from india-but now i guess it is of no use.Can you kindly
advise me regarding how to to go about getting an sho post.I am in West
I am a PRHO 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 procections or neuroanatomy)? Do I have to do both casualty and
I am starting PRHO year this august
and definitely want to do ophthalmology. I have no publications as yet
but was a runner up in my med school ophth prize.Therefore i think that
obtaining the Part I is essential to land that first SHO post. Could successful
forumites in this exam please some pointers as to how they cleared this
exam ie what text books to use,revision courses,high yield topics etc General
career advice would also be greatly appreciated
Been shortlisted for a SHO interview!
What kinda questions are normally asked? Should I visit the Unit prior?
I have jus got a clinical attachment
in Ophthalmology.What do we do in an attachment? How do we get to impress
In an interview, I fumbled when
asked "why should we give u the post" and "why have u applied here" ?
I have done about 22 months ophth.in
a DGH EYE unit,I hold part 1,
done 30 phacos,&number of squints,
3 audits, 6 presentations, no publications yet!(no Department support)
Due to sit part 2 in 2 months time Naturally no shortlisting whatsoever!
Seeking your kind advice ?
Should i go for a MSc full time
course for a year hoping I would get a teaching post afterwards and finish
the membership exam(part 3)??
OR continue dragging on in my current
post knowing that my chances are pretty slim??
Has anyone been a Clinical Observer
at one of the teaching hospitals? If so, does it help secure a job? Does
anyone work in a hospital where there is a clinical observer program? What
is the background of these
Last year, after completing my house-jobs,
I got shortlisted for quite a few eye jobs. However, now that I have medical
SHO experience, ALS, MRCOphth Part I, I am not getting shortlisted. Why?
I'm working in a bad unit, in terms
of training, cutting, consultant support and being bullied. Its a service
orientated DGH and Im in my first job. The other SHOs and even SpRs are
competititve and I dont have many friends here. I want to leave but cant
find another job. Should I resign whilst continuiong to look for another
job? My cv isnt that great.
I am sorry to break the mould of
the usual messages on this board, but I am thinking of getting out of ophthalmology.
I have an MA from Cambridge, MBBS
UCL, part 1, 6 motnhs experience in a competitive dgh, 2 publications,
A+Eand neuro and I'm not being shortlisted for the major rotations? I'm
far better clinically than most of my peers who are on rotations.
What am I doing wrong?
I believe most interviews in this
country is fixed. Like most of us who have as many qualifications as everyone
else who seem to get the job, we're still "waiting for the shortlist".
Dear college tutor,
I have some opinion about the MMC
(I saw you asking for opinion about MMC)
1) In the long run it is a good
thing in the sense that there is less waste in human resources. More than
50% SHO now did not progress to become SPR (Is the statistic correct?)
2) However, it seems very restrictive,
It seems that someone will stuck in the same region (possibly same hospital
for 7 years) Every region has its own plus and minus, having working in
different region, actually I did enjoy the variety, as sometimes I just
amaze how people do thing differently from another. One unit I worked before
did not require medical staff to do ultrasound whilst the other unit require
them to do ultrasound which I find very useful.
3) It also restrictive in the sense
that how if somehow the trainees develop 'mid-life crisis' and decide to
take a year out doing travelling and so forth? or decide to go to USA and
do some lab research/fellowship or some kind. (After been to ARVO, I am
so looking forward to work in USA for a short time, in some centre they
are driven by excellence, but in UK , it is being driven by service, by
just comparing the study done here and in USA, the USA mostly do research
to advance knowledge, whilst the 'research' in UK is done by the poor SHO
using their own free time or even pocket money trying to do something quick
to get publication. The tedious ethical application just drive everyone
4) what is your selection for future
ophthalmologists , is the one with the best academic results make the best
I am coming to the end of my first
year of a three-year rotation, and, am the victim of a bulling consultant.
After speaking with the college tutor he has told me that I should just
grim and bear it for the remainder of my time, which, I think I can handle?
Obviously there is a certain amount of closing ranks, as they have to work
alongside each other in the future. However, I am concerned that I will
have a negative final appraisal form her (the bully), which will go on
record. I mentioned this to the college tutor who assures me that the appraisal
is only between the consultant, the hospital and me, and that it goes no
further. However, I am not sure I can trust this. Other senior colleagues
say I should take the matter further. Also, I have been advised that any
bad report may travel with me to the next hospital on my rotation. I have
also been warned not to rock the boat as this person has had complaints
raised against her in the past and is expert in dealing with them., and
that I should tread carefully. Does anyone have any experience of a similar
situation, and can anyone advise/clarify the point on the appraisal for
me? I would be eternally grateful. Many thanks in advance.
I am an sho working in a DGH. We
usually rotate with a sister DGH. Although this rotation is not down in
pen and paper,it is generally agreed upon by the consultants in the 2 units.
as a result ,i was supposed to go to the sister unit in august.suddenly,
they have given their existing sho a further extention for 6 months.since
i was supposed to vacate my current post, it has been advertised in bmjcareers.all
this happened suddenly and more or less at the same time.i have talked
to the relevant consultants but they are unable to accomodate me now as
they have promised their sho the job.apart from applying for new jobs,
is there anything i can do to address the situation?it seems so unfair-
stating first that i was to get the job in august and then suddenly leaving
me high and dry? I am pretty hardworking and sincere (from feedbacks) and
therefore my conduct or attitude is not the problem.
Dear GMC please take a note of this.
The consultants are manipulating the system of ODTS (Overseas Doctors Training
Scheme). There are so many doctors in UK trying to get into ophthalmology
even then why do consultants call overseas doctors for sho posts in Ophthalmology.
There are a couple of posts in Ophthalmology in the North that I know of
where interviews will be/were conducted for sho posts but the jobs will/has
gone to overseas doctors and that too without plab on the basis of odts.
What the hell is going on and why. Why is not anyone speaking up. I think
it is high time that the ROYAL COLLEGE OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS/GMC should take
a notice of this.
The interview letter says that case
note writing, binocularity, communication skills, basic surgical skills
will be assessed apart for the interview. Is anyone aware of this
process. Any tips will be valuable.