Fifth year Clinical Medical student, Mr Rory Maclean (Green Templeton College), gained an impressive sixth place in the Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual Prize Examination. Mr Maclean was one of 417 medical students from 37 medical schools across the UK and Ireland who took the exam this year. In addition, final year Graduate Entry student, Mr Crispian Wilson (Magdalen College), was placed in the top 10%.
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.