About this event

  • Date and time Sat 1 Dec 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Students Committee

This will be the 10th Annual student trainee ophthalmic conference (ASTOC) organised jointly with the ASTOC organising committee. 

Increase your awareness of, and gain advice on pursuing a career in ophthalmology through networking, information and practical workshops. 

Interactive workshops will include:

  • Direct ophthalmoscopy
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Slit lamp
  • Colour perception workshop
  • Orthoptics
  • Peek Vision - Public Eye Health Technology


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Talha Soorma, ASTOC President

My career

Mr Michael Burdon, President, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

How to get an ST1 job in ophthalmology

Dr Steven Isherwood, ST1 Ophthalmology, East Midlands South, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust


Mr Allon Barsam, Consultant, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Tea and coffee break
Academic ophthalmology

Dr Omar Mahroo, Consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Paediatric ophthalmology

Professor Christopher Bentley, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Central Middlesex Hospital, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Six rapid fire presentations
Lunch and poster presentations
The ophthalmology ST pathway

Miss Yusrah Shweikh, Ophthalmology ST7, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Life as a consultant

Mr Kamran Saha, Consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Miss Susan Sarangapani, Consultant, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Practical workshops
Tea and coffee break
Question and answer session on Health Education England and training, and poster prizes

Ms Emma Jones, Head of London School of Ophthalmology, Health Education England and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Accident and Emergency and Glaucoma, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Miss Melanie Corbett, Chair of Education, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, The Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust

Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom