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If you have:

  • A Medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of applying;
  • citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand (an applicant’s citizenship or residency status must be confirmed by 1 April of the year/s they apply to enter the VTP);
  • completed a minimum of two years full time post graduate pre-vocational experience (including the intern year) when you enter the VTP, which must include a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in medical, clinical and surgical settings other than ophthalmology;

and want to work in one of the most challenging and rewarding medical specialties, you should consider training to become an ophthalmologist.

Each year, the College carries out a two-stage process to select trainees to commence the RANZCO VTP for the following year. The VTP develops specialist ophthalmologists who, upon completion of training, are equipped to undertake a safe, autonomous and comprehensive general ophthalmology practice. We also offer a combined FRANZCO – PhD/MD pathway that can be undertaken concurrently with the VTP. You do not need to already have a masters or PhD to be selected or the VTP.

What is provided here pertains to the 2022 selection process. The selection timeline is available for download. Successful applicants will commence training in early 2022 and are required to attend Eye Camp.

The information provided here is subject to change.

The cost of selection for 2022 is $1,800 plus GST.

About the Selection Process

Selection is a two-step process.

In Step 1, applicants apply to RANZCO and through a rigorous selection process, suitability to join the training program is confirmed. Due to logistics, places at the MMI are restricted, therefore applicants that are suitable may not be shortlisted this year. Please download the selection timeline so you can diarise the major milestones.

The selection process uses CV review, referee reports, situational judgement test and mini multiple interviews in Part 1. Example forms for CV review (PDF to come) and referee reports are available and you are strongly encouraged to review these prior to applying. Information on the purpose of situational judgement tests is available, as well as a literature review of situational judgement tests and mini multiple interviews.

In Step 2, Individual Training Networks in Austalia and New Zealand then assess and select the best trainees for their network from this shortlist and make them an offer of employment in a training post.


Centralised weightings for 2022 are:

Curriculum vitae
32 pts
8 pts
Ophthalmic expert
4 pts
8 pts
Rural exposure
8 pts
Other attributes
4 pts
13 pts
Medical expert
11 pts
Professional attributes*
2 pts
Situational Judgement Tests
20 pts
Multiple Mini Interview
35 pts
100 pts


Please note that the individual training networks can and often do apply their own weightings. Please review the information on the Individual Training Networks in Australia and New Zealand page.

RANZCO is committed to fostering places of work and training where people feel included and valued. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Māori and Pasifika people, please from culturally and linguistically diverse background, mature-age people, and people with disability regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee takes the lead in suggesting initiatives to the Board and Council that further these aims.

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasifika Scholarships

RANZCO, in conjunction with the Trevelyan-Smith Scholarship Fund, is offering up to four scholarships of AUD $2,000 each for medical students (graduate/undergraduate) or junior doctors (PGY 1,2,3) who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pasifika and are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology.

The scholarships are intended to cover the costs of undertaking ophthalmology surgical or clinical related education, professional development, training and/or research in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge or skills which will strengthen or enrich their career portfolios.

More information is available on the College’s scholarships page.

Last updated: December 2, 2021

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