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OPHT805 Ocular Genetics

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Provides an understanding of the implications of genetic eye disease for a practising ophthalmologist, knowledge of the latest techniques in diagnosis and management as well as insight into areas of likely development.

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.

OPHT 805 is only offered on rare occasions. Students usually complete OPHT 801, 802, 803 and 804.

Paper title Ocular Genetics
Paper code OPHT805
Subject Ophthalmology
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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OPHX 805
Limited to
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 (i.e. four papers) to gain the diploma.

Dr Logan Mitchell

Postgraduate Administrator

Teaching staff
Dr Andrea Vincent
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain an understanding of genetics and molecular tools used in current medical genetics and disease gene discovery
  • Understand the application of these concepts in ophthalmology
  • Gain an overview of the current knowledge of genes associated with eye disease and the pathophysiological mechanisms
  • Be aware of the broader ethical considerations when applying genetic knowledge to patients
  • Become familiar with Internet-based bioinformatics - reference tools to aid clinical practice, research and self learning
  • Be aware of the future therapeutic opportunities

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system