The Part 2 FRCOphth Revision Course

OCULUS postponed

until 2023 

We are sorry and saddened that we will not be able to hold OCULUS until 2023. This was a very difficult decision to make but with real patients still not being part of the FRCOphth Part 2 exam throughout 2022, we felt we had no alternative. Please see this document.

We did consider running the Structured Vivas face-to-face and using videos on iPads for the OSCEs, but the resources required to achieve this e.g. cost, time, expertise were prohibitive. We even considered running it virtually online with numerous breakout rooms but again this would require making a large number of high-quality clinical videos.

If the RCOphth are allowed to use real patients for the April 2023 Part 2 exam, then we will consider running OCULUS twice in 2023, the first possibly in early February 2023 and the second as usual in early October.

We will keep you posted.


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

“Amazing course. Gives a real time feedback of the exam 

“Well organised, excellent range of patients with brilliant signs. I feel more confident about the exam and would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking about sitting the FRCOphth Oral exam.”

“Examiners were helpful in providing constructive feedback. Viva was well detailed.”

Satisfied candidates from

OCULUS 2019.

Candidate feedback is consistently positive with the 2019 course achieving overall 4.8/5.0







Please check back to see when Registration for OCULUS 2023 will open




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.


We are getting a large number of emails so please download our FAQs first before contacting us


(Jesse Panthagani, Clinical Lecturer)


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