Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology
The National Training Program in Medical Ophthalmology is the route to qualification as a Medical Ophthalmologist in Ireland.
The Medical Ophthalmology Curriculum is a five-year competence-based curriculum consisting of three core years (BMT1, BMT2 & BMT3) followed by 2 years (HMT4 & HMT5) of subspecialty training in paediatrics, glaucoma and medical retina.
The purpose of the basic foundation years is to provide a broad based initial training in ophthalmology with attainment of knowledge, skills and professional behaviours relevant to the practice of ophthalmology in any specialist discipline. Following successful completion BMT1 –BMT3 Training (requires passing the MRCSI exam) candidates can compete to enter higher Training in Medical Ophthalmology HMT4 – HMT5.
Entry to the programme is by annual competitive interview run by the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. Available posts are advertised via this website in November/December of each year.
To apply for the Basic Training In Medical Ophthalmology Programme a trainee needs to be registered with the Medical Council of Ireland and eligible for trainee specialist registration.
Successful candidates are appointed to the training programme for a three year period. Trainees rotate around the clinical training sites and contracts of employment are issued by the relevant hospitals.
Entry on to the Programme is by competitive interview held at the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. Your Undergraduates performance together with your personal and professional attributes, such as, ability to work as a team, communications skills and personal motivation, are all relevant.
Any interested graduate can contact Rebecca Martin, Training Programme Manager at email@example.com who can put you in touch with the Dean of Postgraduate Education or other Eye Doctors working throughout the country, whose team, either junior or senior, would be happy to talk to you about a career in Ophthalmology.
Applications for Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology are open, please see below for the application form
- ICO Application Form for Basic Medical Ophthalmology 2020 Document
- Online Application Form 2020 Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology
- Guidance document for completion of application
- Eligibility for trainee specialist division
- English Language requirement
- Allocation of places
- Referee Assessment Form
- Selection Score Sheet for Medical Ophthalmology
*NB a candidate can apply on two occasions only for the national training programme. A third attempt will not be considered.
Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology BMT1, BMT2, BMT3.
The purpose of the first three years of Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology is to provide a broad based initial training in ophthalmology with attainment of knowledge skills and professional behaviours relevant to the practice of ophthalmology in any specialist discipline. Following successful completion of BMT1, BMT2 & BMT3 (requires passing the MRCSI (ophth) exam), candidates can compete to enter higher training in Medical Ophthalmology HMT4 & HMT5.
Basic Training is based on a clearly defined curriculum which sets out:
- Training structure and pathway
- Educational content
- Assessment and appraisal processes
- Examination format and regulations
- Counselling and support arrangements
- Multidisciplinary team working
- Professional behaviour/ethical practice
- Pattern of life-long learning
There are clearly defined competencies which must be achieved in order to progress to the next phase of training. This curriculum defines the principles and practice of Basic Training BMT1 - BMT3.
Download the Medical Ophthalmology curriculum (PDF Document)
The medical workforce is changing and, over recent years, numerous reports have pointed to the importance of providing flexible working arrangements for doctors. The HSE National Flexible Training Scheme for Specialist Trainees is a national scheme managed and funded by NDTP for supernumerary posts. The scheme facilitates doctors to continue their training in a flexible manner for a set period of time. The HSE National Flexible Training Scheme Guide sets out details of the National Flexible Training Scheme and provides information for trainees, training bodies and employers about the programme.
If you wish to apply to the HSE National Flexible Training Scheme please complete and submit the application form.