Ophthalmologists are doctors trained to specialize in diagnosing and treating all kinds of eye and visual problems. They also treat and try to prevent medical problems of the eye, which also includes surgery. In short, they can also be referred to as eye doctors or eye surgeons.
A lot of people eye this job for the eyes but only a chosen bunch are given the opportunity. Though it’s sort of a difficult profession, here are some tips on how you can reach your dreams and become an ophthalmologist.
If you want to be a top ophthalmologist someday, then start early. Prepare for it as early as high school. Take science electives more than other courses. Work hard so that you can attain good grades and excellent standardized examination scores to enter college.
A good pre-med course will be a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry or other related science fields. You will have to get higher grades, so you have to double your efforts and work hard.
The next thing you have to do is to get yourself ready to enter medical school. Getting into medical school may take time, since a lot of people are also competing for the slots in the best schools. What separates a great medical student is that he has good grades and great relationships with the faculty and his professors. Good scores and great grades on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) can highlight your name for a medical school. You will have to work extra hard for four more years if you get into medical school in order to graduate with a degree in medicine.
After you have learned what you need to learn from school, its time to practice and put your learning to the test. Your brains will be tested. It would be great if you could find an institution or a private ophthalmologist that can hire you as either an assistant or an intern. This is to enhance your experience and skills in the field while waiting for you to go take that national test for your medical license.
What’s left for you to do now is to study hard for the national test so you can get a medical license for the state that you wish to practice in. After you take hold of that license, start a residency program for three years and make sure your surgical residency program is approved. You can then finally apply to the American Board of Ophthalmology, an association for professional ophthalmologists. After all this, when you try to find a job, it would be less difficult for you. You can start your ophthalmology practice and serve your patients with eye disorders once you have gotten board certified. You can perform as many retinal surgeries as you like at that time!
I wish for you to have a great job as an ophthalmologist. Just find the proper motivation, and success will come along in your chosen profession.