Ophthalmology has a considerable investment in teaching ophthalmology to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, candidates undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences and registrars sitting the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination. In addition staff assist in teaching ophthalmic basic sciences to other disciplines such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physiology and nursing at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.
Ophthalmology has an ongoing interest in the development of medical education through research and development of teaching programme content and delivery eg the undergraduate ophthalmology education survey published in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology in 2001, Slit Lamp Explorer, the web-based Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences. Clinical teaching is supported by the patient base of Dunedin Hospital. (southerndhb.govt.nz).
Medical undergraduate teaching
The section conducts an extensive programme for teaching ophthalmology to both preclinical and clinical undergraduate medical students.
Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences
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Ophthalmology taught a four-week residential course in ophthalmic basic sciences annually from 1982 to 1999 for the former Part 1 FRANZCO exam. In 2002 the inaugural Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS) for New Zealand and Australian medical graduates commenced. The purpose of the course is to provide a postgraduate diploma in ophthalmic basic sciences for medical graduates who are seeking a position on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) Fellowship approved Training Programme or who are currently engaged in such a programme. Diploma teaching staff are mostly practising ophthalmologists with a particular interest in basic sciences. A number have recently qualified FRANZCO and are familiar with specific requirements of the RANZCO.
Dr Adam Locket Award for Ophthalmic Anatomy
The Dr Adam Locket Award for Ophthalmic Anatomy was established in 2007 in memory of Dr Adam Locket, Department of Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide, and his contribution to ophthalmic anatomical education, in particular, his innovative development of unique ocular anatomy education resources for the ophthalmic science course at The University of Sydney. This prize is awarded to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Anatomy in the Ophthalmic Sciences postgraduate coursework degrees.
- 2012 - Not Awarded
- 2011 - Dr Emil Kurniawan
- 2010 - Dr Andrew McAllister
- 2009 - Dr Ben LaHood (University of Otago)
- 2008 - Dr Daniel Brettell
- 2007 - Dr Simon Skalicky
Francis A Billson Award for Ophthalmic Physiology
Established in 2008 in recognition of Professor Frank Billson, Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology, The University of Sydney and Director of the University's Save Sight Institute from 1985–2008 for his contribution to ophthalmic education. This prize is awarded to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Physiology in the Ophthalmic Sciences postgraduate coursework degrees.
- 2013 - Dr Ken Ng
- 2012 - Dr Parth Shah
- 2011 - Dr Emil Kurniawan
- 2010 - Dr David Ik Sia (University of Otago)
- 2009 - Dr Benjamin LaHood (University of Otago)
- 2008 - Dr Anne-Marie Yardley (University of Otago)
Anthony Molteno Award for Ophthalmic Optics
Established in 2011 in recognition of the work of Professor Anthony Molteno and his contribution to ophthalmic education. Professor Anthony Molteno is a world authority on glaucoma, having been responsible for the development of, among other things, the Molteno implant. This was the first glaucoma drainage implant and it is considered to be the ‘gold standard’. This prize is awarded to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Optics in the Ophthalmic Science postgraduate coursework program in the Universities of Otago and Sydney.
- 2012 – Dr Emil Kurniawan
- 2011 – Dr Benjamin LaHood (University of Otago)
For further information about the PGDipOphthBS contact:
Master of Ophthalmology
Candidates who achieve a good pass in the PGDipOphthBS are eligible to complete a full year of research towards a Master of Ophthalmology (MOphth). This degree is one of the first of its kind in the world, although a similar degree is now being offered by the University of Adelaide.
The first graduates of the MOphth were Anmar Abdul-Rahman and Gus Clarke in 2008. Their theses were titled Fourier Analysis of Digital Retinal Images in Objective Estimation of Cataract Severity and The Presence of Human Herpes Viruses in Infective Keratitis respectively.
For further information about the MOphth contact:
The following link takes you to information about University of Otago masters' scholarships
Registrar/FRANZCO training programme
Three registrars are on a RANZCO approved training scheme which is run in conjunction with Dunedin Hospital. In addition a non vocational registrar is appointed annually.
For further information about the Training Programme contact:
Dunedin Ophthalmology Clinical Course
Ophthalmology runs an intensive interactive two-week residential course in Dunedin in November each year. The course is for New Zealand and Australian medical graduates in their second year of the RANZCO training programme to prepare for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (FRANZCO).
The Course offers full-time instruction as defined by the FRANZCO syllabus. Practice OSCE's are also provided. The staff are mostly practising ophthalmologists who are familiar with the basic requirements of the RANZCO.
For information about the Dunedin Clinical Course go to https://www.events4you.co.nz/docc.html
The following research degrees offered through the University of Otago are available in ophthalmology: BMedSci(Hons), MMedSci, MOphth, and PhD.
For further information about research degrees contact:
The Teaching Fellow is appointed annually and has teaching responsibilities with third, fourth, fifth and sixth year medical students. The Fellowship provides a small income to candidates wishing to pursue higher training in ophthalmology or conduct research. Teaching Fellows are encouraged to participate in all departmental registrar training sessions.
Appointments are made in September each year for the following year commencing in November. For further information contact:
Dr Logan Mitchell
John Parr Prize in Ophthalmology
The John Parr Prize is awarded annually to the top 5th year student in ophthalmology. The prize is currently donated by Ebos Group Limited.
John Parr MB ChB DOMS FRCS(Ophth)
John Parr was born at Roxburgh in Central Otago and studied medicine at the University of Otago. He was awarded the University of New Zealand Medical Travelling Scholarship which enabled study at the newly established Institute of Ophthalmology in London. He was one of the first to obtain the newly introduced Fellowship in Ophthalmology.
Upon returning to New Zealand in 1952 he combined private practice with work at Dunedin Hospital and the University of Otago Medical School. In 1961 he became a full time senior lecturer in ophthalmology and in 1977 was awarded a personal chair in ophthalmology. His goal was to raise the standard of ophthalmic practice to the highest practicable possible in New Zealand - and typically approached this on all fronts from changing the undergraduate training in ophthalmology and writing a suitable textbook, to laying the foundations for a postgraduate training programme.
His major research interests have been the problems of vascular disease as it affects the eye and was one of the first to recognise the importance of fluorescein angiography in understanding these disorders and psychophysical tests. In addition to his own research he inspired and guided the work of many others.
Following his retirement in 1987 he was appointed Emeritus Professor and his Introduction to Ophthalmology from the University of Otago Press remains a classic text for undergraduate medical students. In 2008 he was given a Distinguished Service Award by the Royal New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists” for his services to ophthalmology.
Winners of the John Parr Prize in Ophthalmology:
- 2012 Lucy Hinton
- 2011 Joseph Donnelly
- 2010 Gregory Tarr
- 2009 Arezoo Kahokehr
- 2008 Samuel McDowell
- 2007 Weng-Onn Chan
- 2006 Ben LaHood
- 2005 Michael Foss
- 2004 Kent Chow
- 2003 Rachel Highton
- 2002 John Hsiang
- 2001 S Rekha Ganga Raju
- 2000 Peter M Ferguson
- 1999 James H Bradshaw
- 1998 Sandhya B Pillai
- 1997 Peter I A McQuillan
- 1996 Anne L McGregor
- 1995 John J Ah-Chan
- 1993 Matthew K Russell
- 1992 Peter A Laws
- 1991 John N Danesh
- 1990 Michelle L Bennett
- 1989 Christine F Elder
We welcome final year medical, optometry and orthoptics students from other institutions within or outside New Zealand to join us for an elective attachment of up to 3 months. Depending on staff commitments, there may be place for two students concurrently. For example in recent years students from the Optometry Department, Hogeschool van Utrech, in the Netherlands have been attached to the Section for 8 week periods during which time they may have placements in local optometry practices for two days a week.
For further information about the Visiting Elective Programme visit the Dunedin School of Medicine website or contact Jillian Tourelle (details below).