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Education and Training

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand.

Becoming an Ophthalmologist

The RANZCO Vocational Training Program (VTP) selects, trains and assesses potential ophthalmologists. As a participant of the VTP, or a RANZCO Trainee, you must adhere to seven key roles: ophthalmic expert and clinical decision maker, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar and professional.

Selection of Trainees to commence RANZCO ophthalmology training in Australia and New Zealand is carried out annually through the National Ophthalmic Matching Program (NOMP).

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Selection onto the VTP

RANZCO Trainees

RANZCO Trainees undertake 5 years of training under the Vocational Training Program. The VTP is divided into three stages: two years of basic training, two years of advanced training and a final year. The training and assessment in the VTP continues to produce ophthalmologists of the highest order.

Over the course, Trainees have access to the Dashboard to administer and accompany their progress. Exams, assessments and the Surgical Logbook (SLB) are all managed through the Dashboard. Resources and form essential to the VTP are only accessible through the Dashboard.

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RANZCO Vocational Training Program (VTP)

Graduating to RANZCO Fellowship

On the completion of the VTP, graduates are eligible to apply for and become part of the RANZCO Fellowship, the highest membership category of RANZCO.

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RANZCO Fellowship