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Clinical Focus Volume 1 N3

An Optometrist with an eye for the future

Throughout my career as an optometrist, I often wondered whether I could possibly go back and do medicine and go into ophthalmology. It was about 3 years ago that I was reading about medical schools taking 2 years off the training for postgraduates. I wondered if this would be my last chance to do what I always wanted. I went down to St George`s Hospital at Tooting to attend an open day and looked at the course. At the same time a circular from Rila came through the post advertising a Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology that was going to be available later in the autumn of that year. I went to see a local Consultant ophthalmologist, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and discussed the Rila programme with him. He felt that despite the shortened medical model it would still be a long slog before I could enter ophthalmology and felt that the postgraduate diploma in ophthalmology was ideal. The climate was also changing as regards to optometrists being allowed to do a lot more in hospital based clinics commensurate with their clinical skills and expertise.

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