A Practical Guide for Aspiring Ophthalmologists

by Sohaib R Rufai (Author)
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If you are considering a career in ophthalmology, this book is for you.

Ophthalmology is among the most popular and rewarding specialties in medicine. This book is packed full of useful strategies to maximise your chances of securing an ophthalmic specialist training (OST) post in the United Kingdom.

Each step of the application process is covered, based on official guidance and the author's first-hand experience. An overview of the OST Person Specification and Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is provided. The Evidence Folder (portfolio) is covered in detail, with targeted strategies for boosting scores across all sections. Interview preparation material is provided for the in-person interview format, including critical appraisal, improving patient care (audit and quality improvement), communication skills and clinical knowledge. Interview preparation material is also provided for the 2021 online interview (patient consultation). Three mock interviews with solutions/guidance are provided for both the in-person and online interview formats. The author also gives a candid account of his own journey in ophthalmic specialist training, plus 'a week in the life of an ophthalmology trainee'.

This book is unique in its broad, easy-to-access approach to preparation strategies, theory and practice for aspiring ophthalmologists applying for OST posts in the UK.

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  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • About the Author
  • Endorsements
  • Introduction
  • A Week in the Life of an Ophthalmology Trainee
  • Am I Suited to Ophthalmology?
  • The Evidence Folder
  • The Online Interview (2021)
  • Mock Online Patient Consultations
  • The In-Person Interview
  • Mock In-Person Interview Circuits
  • Circuit 1: Questions
  • Circuit 2: Questions
  • Circuit 3: Questions
  • Mock In-Person Interview Solutions
  • Circuit 1: Solutions
  • Circuit 2: Solutions
  • Circuit 3: Solutions
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Readership: This book is primarily written for aspiring ophthalmologists, including medical students and junior doctors. This book aims to support prospective candidates for UK Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST), including those based in the UK and also candidates from overseas who wish to work in the UK. This book is also useful for ophthalmologists to improve their knowledge and understanding of the process involved in OST applications, particularly those involved in supervision and training. Much of the content is also relevant to a broader readership, including career/CV boosting advice, how to present, publish and win prizes, plus overviews of critical appraisal, audit, quality improvement and communication skills. The mock interviews feature important ophthalmic conditions and systemic conditions manifesting in the eye, with helpful explanations and clinical images.

A key strength of the book is that it provides useful teaching on critical appraisal and statistics in a digestible way and this teaching is applicable to other areas of medicine ... In summary, A Practical Guide for Aspiring Ophthalmologists provides a systematic approach to tackling the ST1 interview and other tips for a successful academic career, which many applicants may find helpful.- Razan NourEye News Magazine

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Publication date
August 07, 2022
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