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Skills acquired during training: a cause for concern?
  1. D J De Silva1,2,
  2. Y D Ramkissoon1,2,
  3. A R Fielder2,3
  1. 1
    Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2
    The Western Eye Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3
    City University, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, London, UK
  1. Dr D J De Silva, Glaucoma Department, Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, City Road, London, EC1V 2PD, UK; drdjdesilva{at}

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Ophthalmology is a popular and competitive speciality, and there has been increasing concern regarding the balance of specialists completing training and the number of vacancies for their employment.1 The Royal Colleges have suggested trainees develop their skills during training to improve employment in the evolving NHS. This is the first study to evaluate the popularity and competitiveness of ophthalmology subspecialities, and identified an imbalance between the skills acquired during specialist registrar training and those in demand in the workforce. Trainees are able to identify their preferred subspeciality interest at an early stage; this information may be used by both trainees and trainers to develop a coherent strategy for …

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  • This paper was presented at the Oxford Congress, UK, July 2006

  • Competing interests: None.