Undergraduate medical training
Moorfields Eye Hospital provides ophthalmic training for doctors at all levels, including undergraduate medical students, postgraduate specialty registrars, academic clinical fellows and lecturers as well as visiting trainees. We also welcome doctors from around the world to observe our treatment of eye diseases. Regular courses in specialist areas are run at Moorfields City Road, many of them in association with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
We provide onsite undergraduate teaching to 715 medical students from the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and St George’s medical schools, as well as teaching 650 medical students at individual medical schools every academic year. We receive funding which provides our teaching fellows and consultants protected time for teaching, and continuing professional development in medical education. Our teaching fellows have won awards at national education conferences, and have consistently received positive feedback from all three medical schools.
Medical students from Moorfields’ undergraduate education department performed well in the annual national Duke Elder undergraduate prize examination, run by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The examination saw 483 students compete for the prize, with only 31% of those who sat the exam passing. We are very proud that eight of the top 20 places were awarded to our medical students, including the top spot, which was awarded to UCL medical student Rohan Hussain.
In January 2017 we ran a highly successful microsurgery courses for 18 medical students. In addition, during 2016/17 financial year we organised four patients as teachers symposia on cataract, diabetic retinopathy, lid oncology and paediatric nystagmus, demonstrating our commitment to serve the needs of our community by engaging our patients, and their relatives in medical education.
Additionally, as a recognition for our ‘exceptional commitment to excellence in clinical teaching’, Moorfields undergraduate education department received a team award in undergraduate teaching and the Saad al-Damluji Excellence in Clinical Teaching award in July 2016.