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Final year Clinical Medical student, Mr Gavin Reynolds, gained an impressive second place in the Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual Prize Examination. Mr Reynolds was one of 483 medical students from 36 medical schools across the UK and Ireland who took the exam this year.

In addition, Oxford's 5th year student, Harriet Brown, was placed in the top 10%. 

Gavin said of his result: “Taking the exam, I found the questions covered a wide area of Ophthalmology, and was an excellent opportunity to consolidate the knowledge gained just before in my elective in Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore. These experiences have encouraged me continue to work towards training in the speciality in the coming years. ”

The Royal College of Ophthalmology advise that the standard of the exam is deliberately high and those students taking the top places are to be congratulated. The names of students gaining a top 20 place are published and the candidate gaining the highest mark is offered the chance to visit St John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem or a monetary prize of £400. 

Questions are mostly based on clinical ophthalmology but other areas covered include ocular physiology, anatomy and pathology as well as genetics of eye conditions and socio-economic medicine relevant to ophthalmology  (for example, blind registration or world blindness).  In the clinical questions all the sub-speciality areas within ophthalmology are covered.

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Oxford Medical School

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