Part 2 Membership
The College has always considered that an understanding of the theoretical aspects of refraction and the practical ability to perform this are essential for all ophthalmologists, and optics and refraction forms half of the new Part 2 Membership Examination.
In the practice of clinical medicine, it is imperative that the patient is correctly assessed from both the point of view of taking a history and performing an examination. In addition, it is important that investigations can be accurately assessed. For this reason, the second half of the Part 2 consists of an assessment of clinical methods. There is a written part to this examination, but the practical part of the examination is conducted as an objectively structured clinical examination (OSCE). Following this part of the examination, the College intends the trainee to be thoroughly competent to assess any patient presenting with an ophthalmic problem.