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Advanced Examination

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Overview

The Advanced (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology – FICO) Examination is designed for candidates who have already passed the Visual Sciences, Optics, Refraction and Instruments, and Clinical Ophthalmology Examinations.

The examination will test up-to-date knowledge and a high level of common sense, decision making, but cannot be used as an assessment of competence or technical ability. It does not verify training, test practical competence, or reflect the needs and variation of diseases found in different countries. Passing it will, along with a local face-to-face ophthalmology examination, entitle the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology).

The examination takes three hours and is presented in a booklet and will focus on elements of clinical ophthalmology. The candidates enter their answers on response sheets which are then computer marked. A positive mark is awarded for each correct answer. No mark is given to those questions marked incorrectly or left blank.

Subjects

  • Extended matching questions
  • Lens and Cataract
  • Cornea and External Diseases/Refractive Surgery
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Oculoplastic Surgery and Orbit
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Vitreo-retinal Diseases
  • Uveitis Ocular Inflammation
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Ophthalmology
  • Community Eye Health

Results

As this is a secure international examination it takes time for all the papers to be returned for scoring. Results are typically mailed to candidates six weeks after taking the examination. By order of the International Council of Ophthalmology, results from other test centers will not be released and will remain confidential.

Languages

The ICO Advanced (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology – FICO) ICO examination is conducted in English only.

Certificates

A successful candidate will be given a certificate signed by the President of the ICO and the Chief Executive Officer. This certificate will include security features and the ICO logo. Passing the ICO Advanced examination, along with a local face-to-face ophthalmology examination, entitle the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology).

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