CONTENT OF THE CASEBOOK
1) Ten chapters are to be presented as follows:
Seven case studies which represent each of the seven sub-speciality sections listed in the Curriculum of Higher Specialist Training in Ophthalmology produced by the Education and Training Department of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, see 4) below.
One audit (personal or institutional). This should NOT be the continuous cataract complications and outcomes audit laid down in the Curriculum of Higher Specialist Training in Ophthalmology and which will be assessed during annual (RITA) review.
Two further chapters, which can comprise one or two additional case studies, one or two peer reviewed papers (which have been published or accepted for publication), or one or two additional audits (either personal or institutional), or a poster.
The case studies should reflect the candidate's own experience and the candidate must have been personally involved in the cases. Each case study should contain at least one patient case. The diagnosis, management, outcome and complications of each case should be described and discussed appropriately. In discussing these cases, suitable reference should be made to the published literature and, where relevant, alternative management strategies should be mentioned. The description and discussion should be sufficient to allow the assessors to judge the candidate's insight into the problem presented. The case studies should reflect both the breadth and depth of a candidate's training.
The cases presented must not have been presented by another candidate. Each case must be accompanied by a signed statement from the consultant in charge of the case confirming that:
- this case has not been presented previously;
- this is an authentic case;
- the candidate has participated in this patient's management in a significant fashion.
The Curriculum of Higher Specialist Training in Ophthalmology lists the following seven sub-speciality sections which should each be represented in the case studies:
I Oculoplastic and adnexal surgery (including lacrimal)
II Cornea and external diseases
III Cataract and refractive surgery
V Retina, vitreous and uvea (including intraocular oncology)
VI Neuro-ophthalmology (including eye movement disorders)
VII Paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
Aspects of the following subject areas relevant to ophthalmic practice may be included in the case chapters:
Oncology / radiotherapy
Trauma / eye injury
The work for a published paper must have been done while the candidate was in HST (or, for non-UK candidates, written during 3 year's post MRCOphth experience). The subject matter should have clinical relevance in general terms. Audits and published papers should be the work of the candidate alone or, if they are not the candidate's sole work, the candidate should be the first author or the paper should be accompanied by a signed statement from the senior author that the candidate contributed uniquely and significantly to the paper.
FORMAT OF THE CASEBOOK
The College will provide a suitable binder for presentation of the casebook. The binder will consist of:
1) A frontispiece showing:
the candidate's name* and candidate number
the date of entry into HST and the date of award of a National Training Number (NTN) (for UK trainees only)
the name and address of the training programme and of the Programme Director (or Postgraduate Dean or his/her named deputy dealing with ophthalmology);
the following statement signed by the candidate:"I declare that the work contained within this casebook is entirely my own work and has not been submitted either in part or as a whole by another candidate." **
an index to the chapters
* the candidate will be asked to supply his/her name on one of the four casebooks sent to the College, this copy will be kept in the Examinations Department and the other three copies, identifiable by candidate number, will be sent to the three assessors.
** the candidate will be asked to sign only one copy of the four casebooks sent to the college
2) The case studies
It is suggested that the case studies should be 750 to 1500 words long. They should be concise but provide adequate discussion of the case(s). Pertinent references should be included and, as a guideline, up to 10 references is suggested.
Case studies should comprise the following sections:
References/appendices (NB: references should follow the guidelines laid down in the Journal Eye i.e. Vancouver style)
Date when compiled (NB: cases will be assessed with due consideration of the date of completion and do not need to be updated prior to the assessment)
A signed statement from the consultant in charge of the case as follows:
"This is to confirm that this case was managed under my care and [the candidate] was involved in this management. This case has not been presented by another candidate."
3) Audits and papers
With regard to the submission of papers (published or accepted for publishing) or audits when the candidate is not the sole author or first author, each paper/audit report must be accompanied by a signed statement by the senior author who should specify the contribution the candidate has made.
All casebooks must adhere to the checklist below, if any item is missing from the casebook when they are sent to the College they will be immediatley sent back.