The Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual Prize Examination is open to medical undergraduates and this year, 458 students from 38 medical schools across the UK and Ireland took part.
- John Logan (6th year Clinical Medical student, St Edmund Hall) gained an impressive 7th place
- Benjamin Ng (6th year, Christ Church College) placed 8th
- Veronika Lipkova (3rd year Graduate Entry, St Hugh’s College) placed 14th
- Keiko Miyazaki (3rd year Graduate Entry, Green Templeton 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.