The RCSEd has sponsored an event for medical students and junior doctors who are interested in a career in ophthalmology
On 18 February, 130 students and junior doctors from across the UK and one student from Malaysia were at Southampton for the John Bullar Ophthalmological Society Inaugural Conference. First speaker, Mr David Anderson delivered an exciting presentation on laser eye surgery. The always-entertaining Mr Barrie Evans, former president of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, followed with a presentation on orbital trauma and reconstruction, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary input for such cases.
Mr Aby Jacob and Mr Srini Goverdhan, both consultant ophthalmologists at Southampton General Hospital, covered the eye from front to back, with excellent talks on cataract surgery and diseases of the retina. For these talks, delegates used remote control ‘zappers’ for a Who Wants to be a Millionaire?-inspired round of ‘Ask the Audience’.
The final section of the conference included a presentation on eye emergencies delivered by the very charismatic Mr Philip Alexander, Fellow in Vitreoretinal Surgery, and a charity raffle for the Gift of Sight Appeal, the Society’s chosen charity of the year.
Under the patronage of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP and Professor Andrew Lotery, Professor of Ophthalmology at Southampton University, the Society has been established to foster an environment wherein medical students and junior doctors who are interested in a career in ophthalmology can pursue their goal.
The conference was a resounding success and the Society would like to thank sponsors RCSEd, Topcon, Haag Streit, Novartis and the Medical Defence Union. The Society looks forward to its next national course on 8 December 2012, Medical Leadership and Management, which promises to be of great value to all medical students, particularly those wishing to pursue surgery. The next event will be led by Mr Stephen Lash MBA, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon, and Mr John Perry, Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication at Southampton General Hospital.
President, John Bullar