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RCSEd and International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Collaboration

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) joined in a partnership from August 2018. The objective of this collaboration is to benefit trainees, and allow them to move through a more streamline system, to achieve their goal.

Professor Baljean Dhillion (RCSEd Exam Lead for Ophthalmology, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Hon. Consultant Ophthalmology), stated:

Furthermore, candidates who have successfully completed the ICO Examinations of Basic Sciences, Optics and Refraction and Clinical Sciences and the ICO Advanced Examination are eligible to apply for Membership (MRCSEd (Ophth)) with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has a long and illustrious history in setting international standards in surgical education, therefore we are delighted to announce a new partnership between the RCSEd and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) approved by Council this summer.

"This is a landmark decision and a key step in our continuing drive to improve knowledge and excellence in professional standard setting across the world. Our vision is to build on the international reputation of the RCSEd and forge a uniform, gold standard, global pathway accessible to candidates from all countries. We share the ICO's ethos of expanding and up-skilling ophthalmologists to meet the urgent need to reduce global blindness and our shared vision is that expertise and excellence in safe and effective clinical practice is reflected by our postgraduate qualifications process.

"The new partnership between the RCSEd and the ICO will ensure the route from ICO to MRCSEd is seamless and opens the door for candidates to sit the Part C examination to achieve the qualification of FRCSEd, the highest standard of attainment from the oldest and most prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in the world."



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