News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 15 No. 43 2002. October 01, 2002

International Council of Ophthalmology assessments for Ophthalmologists

These two tests of theoretical knowledge, consisting of multiple choice questions, are held in the candidate’s own country

Basic Science

A three-hour paper to include relevant questions on

  • General Anatomy

  • Neuro Anatomy

  • Ocular Anatomy

  • Physiology

  • Pathology

  • Pharmacology

  • Optics and Refraction

There will also be a one-hour question paper for those candidates retaking Optics and Refraction Those who achieve pass standard or above will receive a certificate confirming the standard achieved. This certificate is now accepted as equivalent to the basic science section of the ophthalmology examinations of several countries.

Clinical Sciences

A four-hour paper to include relevant questions and illustrations on

  • General medicine

  • Ophthalmic pathology and intraocular tumours

  • Neuro-ophthalmology

  • Paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus

  • Orbit, eyelids and lacrimal system

  • External disease and cornea

  • Intraocular inflammation and uveitis

  • Glaucoma

  • Lens and cataract

  • Retina and vitreous

Candidates must have passed the International Council’s Basic Science Assessment or an equivalent recognised Basic Science examination. Those who achieve pass standard or above will receive a certificate confirming the standard achieved. This certificate is accepted by certain examination bodies for exemption from all or part of their clinical sciences examinations.


Both Assessments will be held on 3 April 2003. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2003

The Test Regulations, Syllabus and Candidate Guides giving details of the criteria for entry and the test fees, are available from:
The Examination Secretary, The International Council of Ophthalmology, 2 Wort’s Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN, England
Telephone +44 (0)1223 244101
Fax +44 (0)1223 244079
Email ICO.EXAM@BTINTERNET.COM
Website www.icoph.org

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