FRCS (ophth)- Fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The British Ophthalmology Fellowship is a method that helps physicians excel in ophthalmology practice by following the standards of training, education, research, and innovation.

The British Ophthalmology Fellowship
FRCSophth– Fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The British Ophthalmology Fellowship is a method that helps physicians excel in ophthalmology practice by following the standards of training, education, research, and innovation.

The British Ophthalmology Fellowship is offered by the following Royal Colleges:

  • The Royal College of Ophthalmology, England.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, its exams are the most difficult, but it is the only way to obtain a consultant degree in England. While the other college’s fellowship only gives a specialist.

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow.

It is the preferred path of some doctors, and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons is evidence that the candidate has a good knowledge of the scientific basis of ophthalmology and has experience and competence in applying that knowledge to patients with common eye diseases, and to be able to manage patients and their eye diseases in a way Independent, safe and professional manner.

  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh offers membership and fellowship. Since 2019, it has started relying entirely on ICO as it accepts its fellowship holders and is neutralized by its membership.

  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
  • World Council of Ophthalmology.

The ICO’s International Council of Ophthalmology programs aim to assist promising young physicians from low-resource countries to improve their practical skills and broaden their views of ophthalmology. Colleagues are expected to return knowledge and skills acquired to their countries of origin and participate in programs to maintain vision and prevent blindness.

WHY FRCSophth? 

  • The Royal College Fellowship is an international certificate and is considered one of the highest degrees in Ophthalmology in the world.
  • It opens the way for you to work in England with more opportunities than the Egyptian degree.
  • It can be equivalent to an Egyptian Ph.D. without having to prepare a Ph.D. letter.
  • One of the strongest certificates in the specialty and it has acceptance in many countries of the world.
  • It helps you to gain more experience, skills, and knowledge, which makes you able to accurately diagnose and deal with the most accurate and difficult cases.

What does the exam include?

The FRCS exam is a two-part test that includes both theoretical and practical assessment:

FRCS Gl part 1:

A one-day exam, theoretical, the candidate tests the subjects in basic science and optics. The exam consists of 160 MCQ questions in two hours.

ICO part A, B

Part A: Visual Sciences Exam
consists of 120 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), in three hours.

Part B: Optics, Refraction, and Instruments.
consists of 60 SBAs in one-and-a-half hours.

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FRCS gl:

From October 2021, the assessment for the Part 2 examination will no longer be in two parts. The new format will consist of a single multiple-choice examination paper of 180 questions and for a duration of 2.5 hours.

ICO part C – Clinical Exam:

The Clinical Ophthalmology Examination is offered to Ophthalmologists who have passed part A, B Exams
The Examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) over a four hour period. Each question consists of four options, single best answer.

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Part 3 consists of two sections and candidates must sit both parts of this examination at each attempt, Oral and Clinical Examination.

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  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh:

The candidate gets college membership directly (MRCS ED). He is then tested in another Clinical Examination to obtain a Fellowship (FRCS ed).

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland:

It is divided into two halves, the first half to obtain MRCSI (Ophth) The exam is divided into three parts:

  • Clinical Optics and Refraction.
  • Written.
  • Clinical.

The second half to get the FRCSI (Ophth) is the one-hour VIVA exam.

  • World Ophthalmology Council:

The ICO exams are the most popular now since they cooperated with the other royal colleges to equal their certification, where the first part of them can be passed and are equivalent to the first part of the Royal College Fellowship in Glasgow. And can pass the second part of it is equivalent to the first paper of the second part of the Fellowship of the Royal College in Glasgow and remains for the candidate to enter the problem solving directly.

More importantly, after obtaining the FICO Fellowship, it can be equivalent to the Royal College of Edinburgh and obtain membership from it directly without exams.
ICO exams consist of 3 exams:

  • Visual Sciences Exam.
  • Optics, Refraction, and Instruments.
  • And Clinical Ophthalmology and all the exams with the MCQ system and after obtaining the three exams the candidate gets FICO membership.

What does Connect Academy do for you to help you pass this exam?

After careful analysis of the exams and feedback from candidates who have previously taken the exam, CoNNect Academy has divided the problem into two main issues that most Doctors face:
1- The wide variety of study sources and books, as well as the lack of knowledge of new information in the specialty.
2 – Narrowing down the options to select the correct answer is also more difficult than expected.

And to ensure that you get the best quality of education you need, all our classes are taught by the most qualified lecturers who have already successfully passed all parts of your desired fellowship.

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Course details:

We offer three different courses, where each part of the exam has its own course (the first part in theory – the second part in theory – the third part is practical).

26 “3-hour lecture” lecture, 6 hours per week, 24 hours/month.
18 lecture “Lecture 3 hours”, at a rate of 6 hours/week, 24 hours/month.
4 practical training lectures in an environment similar to the basic exam environment.

The course covers all aspects of the exam, and you can easily get scientific books and study materials once you register for the course!

What will you achieve in this course?

  • Financially beneficial for students with a limited budget.
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the FRCSophth exam.
  • Intelligent and innovative study plans to maximize knowledge.
  • Training to solve questions on each topic.
  • Providing scientific materials and resources to help you with your studies.
    Providing previous exams and examples for exam training.
  • There are few participants inside the classrooms to ensure students receive personal attention.
  • Get a comprehensive daily study plan and high-quality lectures.
  • Review and analyze with the lecturer and the participants until the day of the exam.
  • WhatsApp or Telegram group for easy communication with the lecturers.
  • Facilitating the registration of the examination procedures.

Course Delivery methods:

  • The course is available online and inside the Academy.
  • All live sessions are recorded, so you can download them automatically via the Internet.  “available for 7 days so that they can review them whenever possible.”

How can I register for the exam?

You will register online through the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and to learn how to register you can visit the British Internal Medicine Fellowship Examination Services website.

What are the exam dates?

The exam is held in the following months of each year:

Part 1: (March – April – October).

Part 2: (March – April – October).

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