The Tayside Ophthalmology Rotation is located in Ninewells Hospital but includes a 6 month attachment in Queen Margaret’s Hospital, Dunfermline. ST1 and ST2 levels include basic training in ophthalmology, acute ophthalmic problems and development of basic microsurgery as well as intraocular surgery. During ST3 to ST7 the trainees develop further skills in cataract surgery and general ophthalmology as well as exposure to subspecialties including vitreo-retinal, medical retina and uveitis, paediatrics, strabismus, oculoplastics, glaucoma and anterior segment. Tayside covers a wide geographical area and as such trainees would be expected to attend clinics in Perth, Montrose, Arbroath, and Brechin.
There are approved ASTOs/ TSCs in vitreo-retinal surgery, paediatrics, ocular motility, Medical Retina/ Uveitis, and Glaucoma. If an ASTO/ TSC is not covered within region then trainees have the opportunity to approve ASTOs outwith the region. Scotland is one region and the new curriculum with the level 4 requirements is being looked at.
Most trainees leave the program with over 800 cataract surgeries, we have our own eyesii simulator, stemi microscopes and equipment for dry lab suregry and the Cuschieri skills centre for wetlab experience
The East of Scotland Deanery has close links with the univeristy of St Andrews. We currently have 1 SCREDS post who is involved in many different areas of research, looking at developing and evaluating low cost equipment for screening in low income countries and the effect of UV light on the eyes in the context of cleaning rooms.
The COVID pandemic has meant that the regular Friday afternoon teaching is online and we have joined up with NHS Highland for joint teaching sessions which cover a wide variety of topics but are a friendly environment to start presenting cases.
We have a relatively big medical student teaching commitment. Two consultants have post graduate degrees in teaching and teaching is a big part of our working life. There will be many opportunities to engage in teaching both within ophthalmology and within the medical school as a whole.
Tayside is a beautiful area to live and work within. It has varied geography and offers diverse interests for individuals and families, from a thriving city life in Dundee to outdoor activities in Angus, Perthshire and North Fife. It has good road and rail networks to the other areas of Scotland. The quality of life in Tayside is excellent with easy access to beautiful countryside for sport and leisure as well as world-renowned facilities for golf.
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Arbroath Infirmary, Angus, Sunnyside Hospital, Montrose
Perth Royal Infirmary
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
|Programme Type||Deanery based or National: Deanery |
|Administration office||East of Scotland|
|Lead Dean / Director||Professor Clare McKenzie|
|Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP)||Dr Russell Duncan|
|Specialty or Sub-specialty||Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty|
|Date of GMC recent approval||August 2010|
|Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Ophthalmologists (web site)
|Curriculum and Associated Assessment System||http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/ophthalmology.asp|
Named Programme Administrator:
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 102 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN
Programme Director Name: Dr Caroline Cobb
Address: Dr Caroline Cobb Consultant Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY
|Quality of Training||Quality Management|