Meetings and Conferences for Trainees
In addition to attending School of Ophthalmology study days, there are many opportunities for attending high quality regional and national meetings. Many of these are listed below. Information about study leave can be found in the Trainee Guide.
North of England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS)
Membership of NEOS costs only £25 per year, by standing order, but offers many trainee benefits. This includes free attendance at three meetings per year, the opportunity to present and compete for presentation prizes worth £250. There is also a new, generous international conference fellowship. The website is here and the email form to become a member is here. NEOS meetings are often incorporated into the postgraduate teaching calendar. Membership is highly recommended and requests for study leave to attend will be looked upon favourably.
Spring meeting - March - Oral presentation competition
Summer meeting - June - Poster competition
Autumn meeting - November - Video competition
Yorkshire Retina Society
Membership of YRS is also £25 per year, by standing order. There are two meetings per year, in the summer and winter.
National meetings should be applied for, as for any study leave, with educational supervisor and deanery approval. Requests are more likely to be approved if the applicant is presenting at the meeting, or a senior trainee.
RCOphth Annual Congress
May - 'College congress' - Website
July - Website
October - British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association - Website
November - British and Eire Association of Virtreoretinal Surgeons - Website
June - British Oculoplastic Surgery Society - Website
November - UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons - Website
Trainee membership is free and includes ESCRS membership
September - British Emergency Eye Care Society - Website
International meetings require study leave approval by direct application to the Head of School. The letter/email should include details of educational objectives and what the trainee will be presenting. It is highly unlikely to be approved if the trainee is not presenting at the meeting. If approval is given, reimbursement will not be cover all expenses, but a grant may be offered towards the costs directly incurred from attending the meeting.