|A Calman Training Post is important for gaining a national training
number allowing you to complete a specialist registrar training in ophthalmology.
Without a teaching hospital post, it would be difficult to either getting
short-listed or succeeding in the registrar interview. There are several
reasons for this:
The following actions are recommended for training SHO who are not yet
working in a teaching hospitals:
Being in a teaching hospital, you have more opportunities to get involved
in studies and research to strenghten your CV.
Most SHOs who obtain the Calman registrars do so in their own teaching
Do not attempt the final MRCOphth before getting into a teaching hospital.
Many teaching hospitals regard SHOs who have had passed the final MRCOphth
as 'completing' the SHO posts. These group of SHOs usually find it difficult
to enter the Calman registrar post and may have to do research works to
enhance their CVs.
Improve your CVs to get yourself short listed in a teaching hospital. You
can do this by getting some case reports or studies presented or published.
Move to a better known district general hospitals to improve your chance
of being short listed. References from your referees can be very important
in getting you a teaching hospital. Some consultants in district general
hospitals are active in organizing courses and teachings and they are more
likely to assist you in moving up the career ladder.