|Congratulation for passing part I (and part II) MRCOphth. MRCOphth
examination is a qualification examination and do not tell the interviewers
what qualities you possess to succeed in ophthalmology. A recent SHO advertisement
in BMJ for Stoke Mandeville Hospital attracted 140 candidates for 2 posts,
it is obviously not feasible to shortlist all candidates possessing part
I (part II) MRCOphth. In addition, there are candidates who have not done
any parts of MRCOphth but show great promises in their CV which the interviewers
feel they could not ignore.
If you could not get shortlisted despite possessing part I (part II)
MRCOphth, you may improve your chance by checking the following areas:
Does your CV reflect your best quality? It is important to list your achievements
in prominent position preferably on the first page under achievement. Remember
that you are trying to market a product ie. yourself, an unattractive packaging
may be neglected. More later on improving the appearance of your CV in
the next question. You may ask your senior to go through your CV and ask
how it could be made more attractive.
Have you done any presentation or publication related to ophthalmology?.
Any studies or presentation be it clinical trials, case reports or audits
demonstrate to the interviewers that you are motivated and determine to
succeed in ophthalmology. The presentation may be local, regional, national
or international. Your chance of getting shortlisted will be significantly
enhanced if you have any international presentation(s) or peer-review publication(s).
For a beginner, it is easy to feel that there is nothing new to study or
cases to be reported; however, a quick look through any ophthalmology journals
will prove you otherwise. The various studies and case reports in the journal
should exercise your brain cells to think laterally.