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OPHT802 Ophthalmic Physiology

Physiology of the human eye and visual systems and related neuro-physiology, including the scientific application of psychophysical testing as a basis for current and future ophthalmic clinical practice.

The Department of Medicine offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS), taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This consists of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full-time over a year or part-time up to five years. This diploma is intended for medical graduates with at least two years' experience who are either wishing to embark on a career in ophthalmology or in a recognised training programme and wish to enhance their understanding of the ophthalmic basic sciences. The diploma is based on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists' curriculum, which has been extended to include clinical correlations where appropriate.

Paper title Ophthalmic Physiology
Paper code OPHT802
Subject Ophthalmology
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (6 March 2017 - 1 July 2017), 2nd Non standard period (31 July 2017 - 25 November 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
OPHX 802
Limited to
PGDipOphthBS
Eligibility
Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall
  • Hold an appropriate degree in medicine approved by the Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
  • Be registered for medical practice in the country in which the course is being taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and
  • Present evidence of ability for advanced-level academic study
The course of study comprises five papers:
  • OPHT 801 Ophthalmic Anatomy (30 points)
  • OPHT 802 Ophthalmic Physiology (30 points)
  • OPHT 803 Ophthalmic Optics (30 points)
  • OPHT 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (30 points)
  • OPHT 805 Ocular Genetics (30 points)
You need 120 points (ie four papers) to gain the diploma.
Contact
Application enquiries to: Dr Sarah Soper sarah.soper@otago.ac.nz
Dr Logan Mitchell, Academic Co-ordinator logan.mitchell@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators:
Dr Con Petsoglou
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson (Optics)
Dr Brendan Vote (Physiology)
Dr Richard Gardner (Anatomy)
Dr Andrea Vincent (Genetics)

Other practising ophthalmologists with a particular interest in basic sciences have been selected from throughout Australasia to teach on this course.
Paper Structure
This paper is a compulsory unit of study for students undertaking either the Master of Medicine, Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) or the Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science. The other units of study that students are required to complete are
  • Ophthalmic Anatomy
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Practical Ophthalmic Science
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Describe the normal physiological functioning of the human eye and nervous system
  • Describe the principal physiological laws and phenomena that apply to these systems
  • Describe how these physiological processes are measured and the limitations of such tests
Teaching Arrangements
Three of the papers are offered through Distance Learning using web-based teaching, CDs and interactive tutorials via the Forum. The lectures are available via the Oceanbrowser/University of Sydney website, in which you will be enrolled. The fourth centres around a three-week residential course in Dunedin. OPHT 801, OPHT 802 and OPHT 803 will be examined by way of
  • Three assignments 40%
  • Participation in the online tutorial forum 10%
  • Exemplar assignment activity 5%
  • Written examination 45%
The examination will be held at the end of the semester in which the paper has been taught. All examinations are conducted under the regulations of the University of Otago.

OPHT 804 centres around a three-week on-campus programme run in Dunedin and Sydney and will be examined by objective practical supervised examinations (OPSE). Dates for Dunedin (June/July) to be confirmed.
Textbooks
Suggested Textbooks:
Some are reference texts and are expensive. It is suggested that the student should consult local hospital and medical school libraries to see if any of the following texts are available. It is also suggested that online bookstores may be able to provide the texts at a cheaper price than local bookstores (beware of security issues). Have a look in local second-hand university bookstores or ask local previous candidates (or ophthalmology registrars) if they wish to "part" with their "pre-loved" texts (if they allow it, we may be able to provide you contact details).The lectures will reference relevant texts and will provide additional relevant material (copyright allowing). The Medical Society Bookshop and Coop Bookshop have both been informed of the prescribed texts.

Prescribed texts:
  • Adler's Physiology of the Eye (11th Ed) Kaufman ed, Saunders Elsevier 2011
  • Review of Medical Physiology (21st Ed) WF Ganong, McGraw Hill 2003
Additional texts:
  • Biochemistry of the Eye RE Anderson (ed), American Academy of Ophthalmology Manuals Program, 1983
  • Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster (ed) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney 1997
  • The Eye: Basic Sciences and Practice. Forrester JV, Dick AD, McMenamin P, Lee WR. WB Saunders 2003. ISBN: 0702025410
  • Duane's Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. JB Lippincott Co, Philadelphia

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (6 March 2017 - 1 July 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

2nd Non standard period (31 July 2017 - 25 November 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

Physiology of the human eye and visual systems and related neuro-physiology, including the scientific application of psychophysical testing as a basis for current and future ophthalmic clinical practice.

The Department of Medicine offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS), taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This consists of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full time over a year or part time up to five years. This diploma is intended for medical graduates with at least two years' experience who are either wishing to embark on a career in ophthalmology or in a recognised training programme and wish to enhance their understanding of the ophthalmic basic sciences. The diploma is based on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists' curriculum, which has been extended to include clinical correlations where appropriate.

Paper title Ophthalmic Physiology
Paper code OPHT802
Subject Ophthalmology
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (5 March 2018 - 8 June 2018), 2nd Non standard period (30 July 2018 - 2 November 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Restriction
OPHX 802
Limited to
PGDipOphthBS
Eligibility
Must be admitted to the PGDipOphthBS or a Certificate of Proficiency.
Contact
Application enquiries to:
Postgraduate Administrator postgradadmin.medicine@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators:
Dr Con Petsoglou
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson (Optics)
Dr Brendan Vote (Physiology)
Dr Richard Gardner (Anatomy)
Dr Andrea Vincent (Genetics)

Other practising ophthalmologists with a particular interest in basic sciences have been selected from throughout Australasia to teach on this course.
Paper Structure
This paper will be assessed by way of
  • Three assignments 40%
  • Participation in the online tutorial forum 10%
  • Exemplar assignment activity 5%
  • Written examination 45%
The examination will be held at the end of the semester in which the paper has been taught. All examinations are conducted under the regulations of the University of Otago.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is offered through Distance Learning using web-based teaching and interactive online tutorials. The lectures are available via the Oceanbrowser/University of Sydney Blackboard website, in which you will be enrolled.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Describe the normal physiological functioning of the human eye and nervous system
  • Describe the principal physiological laws and phenomena that apply to these systems
  • Describe how these physiological processes are measured and the limitations of such tests
Textbooks
Suggested Textbooks:
Some are reference texts and are expensive. It is suggested that the student should consult local hospital and medical school libraries to see if any of the following texts are available. It is also suggested that online bookstores may be able to provide the texts at a cheaper price than local bookstores (beware of security issues). Have a look in local second-hand university bookstores or ask local previous candidates (or ophthalmology registrars) if they wish to part with their pre-loved texts (if they allow it, we may be able to provide you contact details).The lectures will reference relevant texts and will provide additional relevant material (copyright allowing). The Medical Society Bookshop and Coop Bookshop have both been informed of the prescribed texts.

Prescribed texts:
  • Adler's Physiology of the Eye (11th Ed) Kaufman ed, Saunders Elsevier 2011
  • Review of Medical Physiology (21st Ed) WF Ganong, McGraw Hill 2003
Additional texts:
  • Biochemistry of the Eye RE Anderson (ed), American Academy of Ophthalmology Manuals Program, 1983
  • Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster (ed) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney 1997
  • The Eye: Basic Sciences and Practice. Forrester JV, Dick AD, McMenamin P, Lee WR. WB Saunders 2003. ISBN: 0702025410
  • Duane's Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. JB Lippincott Co, Philadelphia

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (5 March 2018 - 8 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

2nd Non standard period (30 July 2018 - 2 November 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser