Frequently Askled Questions

Is the entry process into medical ophthalmology different from surgical ophthalmology?
Both the entry process and the entry scorecard are the same and are available on the ICO website. It is important that via the application process and /or interview that the candidate shows him / herself to be well suited to the particular ophthalmic specialty that he / she is applying for.
What are the requirements to enter higher medical training MT4 and MT5?
Entry into higher medical training is based on performance during MT1, 2 & 3 (65% of marks) & also by performance at interview (35% of marks). Performance during MT1-3 is based on workplace based assessments, Human Factors, performance at the MRCSI & audit.
Is it possible to start in the medical ophthalmology program and transfer with credits to the surgical training program?
The surgical training program ST1, 2 &3 has a different curriculum from years MT1, 2 & 3. The surgical training program in particular emphasises the acquisition of phacoemulsification surgical skills early in ST1. Therefore it is not possible to transfer from the medical ophthalmology program into the surgical training program. However it is possible to leave the medical program and to reapply to enter the surgical training program the following year.
 
Credits would be given to trainees who may have completed certain scored assessments during their medical training and, where common to both programs, these would not have to be repeated.
Is it possible to start in the surgical ophthalmology program and transfer with credits to the medical training program?
The medical training program in particular emphasises acquisition of different skills at different time points, particularly the acquisition of laser and refraction skills, early in MT1 & 2.
 
Therefore transfer from the surgical ophthalmology program into the medical training program may be challenging but possible provided competences outlined in the medical program could be acquired within a suitable surgical program can reapply to enter the medical training program.
 
Credits would be given to trainees who may have completed certain scored assessments during their training and, where common to both programs, these would not have to be repeated.
What are the career models available on completion of the Medical Ophthalmology Program?
Medical ophthalmologists have varying roles in health care in Ireland. Once the programme is successfully completed, specialists work in the HSE in community and in hospitals and/or in private practice.
Is the post of Medical Ophthalmologist or Hospital-based Medical Ophthalmologist a consultant position?
The position of a Community or Hospital based Medical Ophthalmologist is not a consultant position, and is served by a different contract. Further information on the payscales are available here
What is the level of remuneration of a Community Medical Ophthalmologist or Hospital-based Medical Ophthalmologist?
Information on payscales is available here
Are EU medical graduates eligible to apply for the ophthalmology residency training programme in Ireland?
EU medical graduates are eligible to apply for our National Residency Training Programme - further details will be posted on the ICO website in November and guidance on eligibility for Trainee Specialist Division can be viewed here
Are Non-EU medical graduates eligible to apply for the ophthalmology residency training programme in Ireland?
Applicants who have qualified outside the EU must pass or be exempt from the PRES to establish eligibility for registration with the Irish Medical Council. They must also have completed an internship which is recognised by the Medical Council as equivalent to an Irish internship and thus be eligible for the Trainee Specialist Division. The Medical Council recognises internships undertaken in the following countries as equivalent: Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan (where the internship was commenced after 31st December 2008 - note: the rotations must meet the standards of an Irish internship. Please see also International Medical Graduate Training information below), Sudan (see relevant IMG information below), South Africa (where the internship was commenced after 1st July 2006), UK and Malta.
 
For English language requirements, please see here.
 
The ICO is participating in the International Medical Graduate Training Initiative, a structured training programme for non EU graduates from countries that have a specific agreement with the Irish Post Graduate Training Bodies and the Health Service Executive.
 
For further information on the IMG programme in Ophthalmology, please see here.