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Category of subject: Clinical - short posting|
Duration of posting: 3 weeks, end of 3rd/beginning of 4th year
Final examination: None. End of posting test only.
A "short" posting with the likes of ENT/Anesthesia, the posting provides more of a taste of the range of opthalmological work rather than a true training experience. Time is spent ranging from standard tutorials in NUH/SNEC to the repetitive click-click-click of the laser PanRetinalPhotocoagualtion to the LASIK operating suite or paeds opthalmo clinics and even visiting Prof Arthur Lim's clinic & OT in Gleneagles.
Although the time spent is too short to acquire any specialized knowledge, you should at least see the basics of diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, and acquire a theoretical knowledge of other common eye conditions. This is also the only time (short of being an Eye MO) to acquire practical knowledge of common procedures like patching, PRP and LASIK, which your patients will ask you in future. Just see it once, and you'll remember it for life - if you don't see it, you never be able to imagine it.
The end of posting test for me consisted of squeezing into this small room in the NUS office, and doing 10 OSCEs. The marks go into this tiny (Read: insignificant) percentage of your surgical paper, if I'm not wrong. In the final MBBS, I think there are a couple of MCQs under Surgery, and maybe rarely an OSCE, but never a short case or essay.
Official syllabus available?: No|
2 CGs do each short posting together. 1 goes to NUH, the other to SNEC (at SGH). (in 1999/00)
I went through SNEC, and the day begins with a 1-2 hour lecture-tutorial (free coffee included).
After that, you are rostered to the clinics, or various procedure rooms such as laser PRP, orthoptist(eye movements), LASIK, OTs and so on.
There's a fair amount of idle time - what you want to do with it is up to you.
I think there was a project/presentation, which they give you time to go to the library for. Mine was Drugs and the Eye or Ocular trauma or something.
Primary textbook (choose 1)|
- Colour Atlas of Ophthalmology (Arthur Lim)(3ed) - He used to give this out free to everyone, but it's more an atlas than a textbook.
- ABC of Eyes (PT KHaw) - Fewer pictures and more text, in a problem-orientated approach.
- Opthalmology: an illustrated colour text (M Batterbury) - Much like ABC of Eyes.
- No need
Other must-have stuff
- They have lots of nice brochures for laymen, but with a lot of hidden medical gems you must know.
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