The Part 2 FRCOphth Revision Course

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED ALL OF OUR LIVES BUT WE ARE STILL HOPING TO RUN THE NEXT OCULUS COURSE IN OCTOBER 2020. in view of the uk governments recent announcement we will make a final decision by monday 6th july - thank you for your understanding and patience


At each OSCE Station candidates are examined by two examiners but the main difference from the actual exam is that candidates go around in pairs. This has the benefit of each candidate being able to learn from any feedback given to his/her fellow candidate plus the chance to quickly see any physical signs on the patients used for their fellow candidate.

Every effort is made to ensure that on the second OSCE circuit candidates do not have the same examiners or see the same patients as on their first OSCE circuit.

Want an idea of what the real exam is like? Then download the Public Report of the April 2017 Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Examination here.


Dress as you would for the exam, i.e. smart!

You are expected to bring the equipment you would take to the exam:

Hand held lenses (always better to use the ones you are used to)


Pen torch (e.g. Mini Maglite)

Cover Test target

Hat pins for VF

Rulers (clear)

P.S. Don’t forget about hand hygiene when examining patients



OCULUS is an intensive exam revision course designed to mimic the Structured Viva and OSCE stations of Part 2 FRCOphth. It has been running for over 25 years and is acknowledged as the foremost revision course for the Part 2 Fellowship Oral Component.


The Course Organiser is Professor Philip I. Murray but is run by a dedicated team of trainees (Lead: Mr. Jesse Panthagani, University of Birmingham Clinical Lecturer) and administrative staff. The candidates benefit from over 40 examiners and around 80 patients.


The course is run over one day and is mainly taken up with two circuits of OSCEs and one Structured Viva circuit. These replicate the actual exam:



Station 1: Anterior Segment
Station 2: Glaucoma and Lid
Station 3: Posterior Segment
Station 4: Strabismus and Orbit
Station 5: Neuro-ophthalmology
Station 6: Communication Skills (using professional role players)


Structured Viva

Station 1: Patient investigations and data interpretation
Station 2: Patient management 1
Station 3: Patient management 2
Station 4: Attitudes, ethics and responsibilities
Station 5: Audit, research and evidence based practice

Station 6: Health promotion and disease prevention



Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre



08:45 Registration and refreshments (Academic Unit, 1st Floor)

09:00 Welcome

09:05 – 09:30 Prof. Murray: ‘How to fail’, ‘ADDIT’

09:30 – 09:45 Sponsors talk: SCOPE Ophthalmics

09:45 – 09:50 OSCE briefing

09:50 – 10:00 Relocate to Out Patient Department (Ground Floor)

10:00 – 12:00 OSCE 1
Red OSCE circuit (12 candidates in pairs)
Blue OSCE circuit (12 candidates in pairs)
12:00 – 12:45 Candidates debrief and lunch


13:00 – 15:00 OSCE 2
Red OSCE circuit (12 candidates in pairs)
Blue OSCE circuit (12 candidates in pairs)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee / Refreshments / Debrief

15:30 – 17:00 Structured Viva circuits 1 and 2
17:00 – 17:10 Refreshments / Debrief (Academic Unit, 1st Floor)
17:10 – 17:20 Viva feedback

17:20 – 18:00 ‘How I passed’ – recent successful candidates / Communication Skills video

18:00 Close

“Great course thank you. Very well organised with lots of great patients to see 

“Fantastic course, recommend to all potential candidates. Great selection of patients, great learning opportunities. Assessors provide constructive feedback and great teaching.”

“Excellent course. Well worth it.”

Satisfied candidates from

OCULUS 2018.

Candidate feedback is consistently positive with the 2018 course achieving very good or excellent in all categories.







Registration for OCULUS 2020 will open once a decision to run the course has been made 



Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC)

City Hospital

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Dudley Road 

Birmingham B18 7QH

The main hospital telephone number is: 0121 554 3801.

A contact mobile number will be given to those who have been accepted on the course.

If coming by car the entrance to BMEC is in Western Road and there is a Car Park directly outside.

If coming by train the nearest station is Birmingham New Street. There are regular buses that stop on Dudley Road, the bus numbers are: 82, 87 and 88. An alternative is Snow Hill Station and the 101 bus stops a short walk from BMEC.


Please download our FAQs first before contacting us


(Jesse Panthagani, Clinical Lecturer)



Oculus is supported by an Educational Grant from SCOPE Ophthalmics

They have a large range of products aimed at Dry Eye Disease, Blepharitis, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.



We work to add value to the patient experience in Sandwell and West Birmingham. In partnership with a range of community stakeholders, we raise vital funds to ensure the best clinical and patient service provision possible for children and adults alike. Your Trust Charity supports vital services at City Hospital, Sandwell General Hospital, Rowley Regis CommunityHospital, Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre and, of course, the newly commissioned Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Our mission is:

“To enhance the experience of all people using our services including staff, patients and their families. We will do this by providing additional facilities and supporting innovative projects that create a comfortable and secure environment.”