Higher Surgical Training

The Higher Surgical Training Programme in Ophthalmic Surgery is run in conjunction with the RCSI. The programme is for four and a half years.

Application & Registration

All applicants must hold the award of the CCBST from one of the Surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland. Available posts are advertised annually by the RCSI


Each trainee must reach competence in the seven core sub specialties.

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An exit Fellowship must be sat by trainees in the final year of training.
The exit Fellowship will take the form of a one hour VIVA with set questions that cover the breath of clinical ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. The candidate will need to demonstrate that he/she is competent to practice independently as a general ophthalmic surgeon by possessing the requisite knowledge, clinical skills, communications skills, clinical reasoning ability and professional values.


Maintenance of a detailed validated logbook by trainees is essential to include surgical procedures, laser treatments and certificates of attendance at post graduate teaching.


Trainees are assessed every six months by a panel from the College's Manpower, Education and Training Committee to include the Committee Chair and the Dean of Postgraduate Education.


Trainees who have successfully achieved competency in the core areas and who have successfully completed the exit examination FRCSI (ophth) may apply to the Chairman of the Manpower, Education & Training Committee for the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.