Duke Elder Undergraduate Exam

Duke Elder Undergraduate Exam

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Location Medical Schools throughout UK
Dates Wednesday 13th March 2013 (annual)
Price Free (deposit of £15)
Eligibility Any UK Medical Student
Format 20 MCQs and 15 three-stem EMQs over 90 minutes

Duke Elder exam is a free exam for medical students in the UK and Ireland who are interested to pursue ophthalmology as a career. You can find more information at the college website.

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tsoom Reviewed by tsoom
July 26, 2014
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For anyone wanting to pursue a career in ophthalmology, this exam is a great starting point to build up your portfolio. For getting a rank in the top 20 or higher, you can accrue points on your ST application, which maybe far easier than for other parts of your application!
It is above the level of ophthalmology you learn for medical school. Basic sciences of ophthalmology are not that heavily focused on. It is quite a clinically orientated exam. It is mainly basic ophthalmology skills, pathology and investigations. I revised with ABC of ophthalmology as well as some online mcqs. I didn’t get time to do a significant amount of revision as I got the dates of the exam confused. So lesson learned, prepare in advance, even for a voluntarily taken exam!
The exam is mostly fair in the questions asked, however some are difficult, particularly regarding use of ophthalmology instruments. I would highly recommend making use of your clinical ophthalmology rotations to gain knowledge on the practical aspects of ophthalmology.
A lot of candidates enter the exam without having revised significantly, so if you have spent the time you have a good chance of getting the top marks. You can keep re-doing the exam, but most people end up doing it near the end of their clinical years, so you can be keen and get ahead if you’re interested in ophthalmology from early on.

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Venue Sheffield Medical School
City Sheffield
Date March 14, 2012
 
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Katherine Reviewed by Katherine
April 29, 2014
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I would recommend this exam to any undergraduate who is keen to take up Ophthalmology as a future career.

You can take this exam as many times as you want- I personally took it twice. It is beyond the scope of what you learn in your medical school ophthalmology rotation- so please make the effort to read up a bit more before you go into the exam. I used Chua website for ophthalmology practice questions and also the ABC of ophthalmology. One need not delve into the specifics of each eye condition, but should have a good idea of basic ophthalmology skills and knowledge, management of common eye conditions and ocular emergencies, not forgetting cranial nerves and CNS as well.

The exam is generally fair but certain questions may be a bit challenging for someone who has not done ophthalmology as a posting- but I suppose that is used to distinguish the A+ student from the A student.

Faring well in the exam (top 20) can really make your CV look a little more “decorated” and will probably let the program directors know your interest in the specialty and hence a higher chance in entering the Residency program of your choice! All the best!

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Venue London
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Date April 26, 2012
 
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KL Reviewed by KL
April 28, 2014
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This is a good exam to take if you are an undergraduate keen on ophthlamology. Good way to show interest in the specialty.

Exam covers basic ophthlamology skills/ pathology/ investigations. Be sure to read up more than what you would have for your university exams. Suggest going through ABC of Ophthalmology and question banks in mrcophth.com

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Date April 28, 2014
 

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Aisling Higham Reviewed by Aisling Higham
April 26, 2014
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A very useful exam to take part in for any budding ophthalmologist.
There were also many people at my medical school who took this exam, not interested in pursuing ophthalmology, but entering just for practise and to help motivate them to revise ophthalmology.

I thought the exam was very fair, yet difficult at points. There were lots of easier questions, but also a significant number of much more challenging ones, including mechanisms of how cataract surgery equipment worked which I had no idea about at the time. I remember there being a lot of neuro-ophthalmology and working out the location of cranial nerve lesions which I found challenging.

I didn't really do a lot of revision before the exam, but in hindsight I'd use ABC of ophthalmology as well as the Chua website to try and achieve as high a score as possible. When it comes to applying for a ST job, you are awarded points if achieved particularly highly- which is very useful indeed.

You're able to enter this exam as many times as you want whilst still at medical school, so there's plenty of opportunity to try and improve your score and aim for that top 20 stop, maybe even win!

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Venue London
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Date April 26, 2012
 

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chandni nigam Reviewed by chandni nigam
September 27, 2013
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Venue The Western Eye Hospital
City LONDON
Date October 09, 2013
 
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Andrew George Reviewed by Andrew George
September 07, 2013
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This exam was fair and took me by surprise by the broadness of the topics covered. There was some straight forward questions mixed in with more difficult ones.

This exam when it comes to the application having the duke elder exam shows commitment but it really is a top 20 score that counts for a point on the application process.


Revision book used:
Kanski, medical school reading background, be sure to know some basic epidemiology.

If you think you may be interested in Ophthalmology try sitting the exam multiple times before your final year to get a good feeling for the style.

Good luck.

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Venue Medical School
City Birmingham
Date March 21, 2012
 

Worth sitting if interested in ophtahlmology

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Elizabeth Hill Reviewed by Elizabeth Hill
September 05, 2013
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I sat this exam 3 times as an undergraduate student as it previously provided marks on the application for Ophthalmology. When I eventually applied you only got marks if you had come in the top 20, which is a fair achievement.
Still worth taking if you are interested in eyes and well worth doing thew practice questions provided by the college in the application pack, as I think some of them came up everyn year.
My advise would be to give it a go but do not be hard on yourself if you do not pass. I would also sit it before final year to give it a couple of attempts as it is free.

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Date May 06, 2009
 

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fudfud Reviewed by fudfud
August 25, 2013
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I sat this exam in my final year.
The exam questions were fair enough.

I would recommend textbooks like ABC in Ophthalmology before entering the exams. There would rarely be questions set on technical details.
FRCOphth exam questions are worth trying while preparing for this exam.

Useful website for preparation:
http://www.mrcophth.com/Duke-elderexamination/dukeelderexamination.html

All the best!

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Venue Oxford
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Date May 14, 2008
 
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Kay Por Yip Reviewed by Kay Por Yip
August 16, 2013
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This exam is an annual exam organised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologist. It is a great way to show your commitment to the specialty and add points to your CV should you be smart enough to enter the top 20 spot (or even top 5!)What's more is that it's free!

I sat this exam in March last year as a final year medical student and I would recommend those interested to sit for the exam after your ophthalmology posting or on your final year.

It is a pretty fair exam, covering basic ocular pathology, investigation as well as management. Take note of course that this exam is significantly harder than your average final year exam and you would need to be prepared for this exam. There were a surprising number of questions with systemic diseases (e.g. Behcet's, myasthenia gravis) and that is why I would recommend that you do this exam in your final years of medical training when you would be able to comprehend more systemic diseases as a whole rather than just on the eye. I sat this exam a few months before my finals (haven't really got into studying for it at that point) and I felt that I would have done much better if I actually were sitting it just before finals

There were a few questions which were quite technical, but I would assume that these questions were there to differentiate the top 5 candidates from the rest.

What I would recommend before sitting the exam is to go through some basic texts like ABC of Ophthalmology and also to go through the question banks in mrcophth.com

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Venue Southampton General Hospital
City Southampton
Date March 14, 2013
 
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Christin Henein Reviewed by Christin Henein
August 05, 2013
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Annual undergraduate exam invigilated by your medical school. You can sit the exam more than once as an undergraduate. This helps you become more acquainted with the exam format and questions. I would advise others to take the exam towards the end of their clinical years.

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Venue Newcastle University
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Date May 14, 2008
 
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Jennifer Doyle Reviewed by Jennifer Doyle
August 05, 2013
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This undergraduate examination in ophthalmology covers basic ocular pathology and clinical testing methods. It is a fair exam, but not one to be undertaken lightly.

I would recommend looking through the example questions in the application packs as some of these actually came up on the day!

Practicing some MCQs designed for FRCophth part 1 may also be beneficial.

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Date May 09, 2011
 

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Tdevil Reviewed by Tdevil
July 15, 2013
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I have sat this exam 4 times and as much as it is very fair the randomness of it always takes me by surprise. Only in the final year did i manage to get a top 20 spot. As a lot of other people have said basic pathology revision will go a long way but also it is worth looking at basic eye tests for example the different tests used to check childrens eyes and also ways to get steropsis and colour vision. There is a relatively short section in Kanski on this and theere are always some realtively simple questions which will be easy makrs if you take an hour to read through that section.

See if you can get hold of a bank of questions; email the ophthalmology department and see if they have one or ask people you know have sat the exam as they def reuse questions

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Venue Newcastle University
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Date March 21, 2012
 

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Wai Ling Reviewed by Wai Ling
June 30, 2013
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I sat this exam in my final year.
The exam questions were fair enough.

I would recommend textbooks like ABC in Ophthalmology before entering the exams. There would rarely be questions set on technical details.
FRCOphth exam questions are worth trying while preparing for this exam.

Useful website for preparation:
http://www.mrcophth.com/Duke-elderexamination/dukeelderexamination.html

All the best!

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Venue University of Glasgow
City Glasgow
Date December 13, 2012
 

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Sarah Reviewed by Sarah
December 13, 2012
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Quite a difficult exam. If you want to get points for ST applications, you need to be in the top 20 people ranked. This is not easy.

I sat this in 4th year of medical school (after having done a 5 week SSC in Ophtho). I pretty much learnt the Illustrated Coloured Textbook cover to cover and tried to do all the little MCQ questions in Finals exam prep books (so that means I did about 4 questions!!).

I ranked 41 out of 427 (sad face) with 61%. My advice for those aiming for the top 20 spots would be to try and get your hands on a few questions! Maybe even try doing some easy FRCOphth MCQ questions.

I'm not very good with exams without past-papers and tend to second-guess myself a lot so I think this is what let me down.

All in all a pretty fair exam, gutted I missed the top 20 by 21 people!
So close and yet so far.

Good luck and give it a good go. Free exam, might as well, eh?

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Venue University of Glasgow
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Date December 13, 2012
 

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George Reviewed by George
December 09, 2012
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I sat for this exam in my final year. It was a mixed paper with some easy and very difficult questions. I recommend reading the kanski synopsis supplemented by clinical ophthalmology book as well as your normal lectures. This may seem like an overkill but it will be useful background knowledge, particularly if you are interested in ophthalmology to start revision for your FRCOphth Part 1. I could narrow most questions down to two answers.

I would recommended sitting this in the years previous to your final year so you get an idea of the questions. If you google there are plenty of past questions available to get you through.

Best of luck!

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Date May 14, 2012
 

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Joyce Reviewed by Joyce
December 07, 2012
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I sat for this exam in my final year. It was a fair paper, with a mixture of easy and hard questions. I didn't use any ophthalmology textbooks and just crammed my lecture notes last minute. Most questions could be narrowed down to 2 possible answers although I remember some that I didn't have any idea about. Looking back, I would definitely recommend reading some basic texts like ABC in ophthalmology prior to the exam. However, don't stress yourselves with very technical details as they are unlikely to ask too many of them in this exam.

Passed at first attempt.

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Venue University of London
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Date March 18, 2009
 

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Yen Bee Yee Reviewed by Yen Bee Yee
October 13, 2012
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I took this in Ninewells Hospital when I was a 4th year medical student in Dundee University(failed, not surprisingly) and then again in 5th year (passed)!

The exam takes place once a year (unlimited attempts) and eventhough it is a free exam but my medical school required a deposit of about £30 (that will be returned if you sit the exam).

I would encourged medical students interested in ophthalmology career to take this exam.
It can be difficult due to the lack of exposure to ophthalmology in medical school.
I was asked what was toric lenses for, treatment for onchocerciasis, meaning of a dioptre and so on.
The following links contain sample questions.
http://www.mrcophth.com/Duke-elderexamination/dukeelderexamination.html

All the best.

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Venue UK medical schools
City Dundee
Date March 14, 2011