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Become a visionary medical practitioner.

Become an ophthalmologist.

Selection applications are now closed.

If you have two years post-graduation medical experience and want to work in one of the most challenging and rewarding medical specialities, you should consider training to be become an ophthalmologist.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) delivers a robust five-year Vocational Training Program (VTP) for medical practitioners wishing to become specialist ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. The VTP develops specialist ophthalmologists who, upon completion of training, are equipped to undertake a safe, autonomous and comprehensive general ophthalmology practice.

RANZCO supports our members extending their careers into public and private professional practice, vocational teaching, further education or medical research. We even offer a combined FRANZCO – PhD/MD pathway that can be undertaken concurrently with the VTP. You do not need to already have a master’s or PhD to be selected for the VTP.

Selection is a two-step process

Selection takes about a year. In Step 1, applicants apply to RANZCO and through a rigorous selection process, are shortlisted as being suitable to join the training program. In Step 2, Individual Training Networks in Australia and New Zealand then assess and select the best trainees from this shortlist and make them an offer of employment in a training post. The Selection Application fee in 2021 is  AUD $1,660.

***Please note that the date for candidates selected to sit the Situational Judgement Test has changed for those candidates sitting in New Zealand. The new date for the New Zealand SJT is Sunday 21 March 2021. The date was changed due to a clash with the RANZCO NZ Branch Meeting***

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, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, 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

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (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: March 2, 2021

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