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We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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Ophthalmologist

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€82k > 86 
Community Opthalmic Physician
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(thousands per year)*
€82 - 86 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in the correction of vision, and works in the treatment of all conditions, disorders and diseases of the eye. 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Perform ophthalmic surgeries such as cataract, glaucoma, refractive, corneal, vitro-retinal, eye muscle, and oculoplastic surgeries.

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Perform comprehensive examinations of the visual system to determine the nature or extent of ocular disorders.

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Diagnose or treat injuries, disorders, or diseases of the eye and eye structures including the cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, or eyelids.

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Document or evaluate patients' medical histories.

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Provide or direct the provision of postoperative care.

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Perform, order, or interpret the results of diagnostic or clinical tests.

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Develop treatment plans based on patients' histories and goals, the nature and severity of disorders, and treatment risks and benefits.

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Prescribe or administer topical or systemic medications to treat ophthalmic conditions and to manage pain.

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Perform laser surgeries to alter, remove, reshape, or replace ocular tissue.

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Provide ophthalmic consultation to other medical professionals.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Knowledge header image

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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A specialist is a doctor who is certified to practise independently in a specific area of medicine (eg Ophthalmology). A specialist has completed all of their postgraduate training and does not require supervision by a more senior doctor. It can take about 15 years to become a specialist. The career pathway is as follows:

1. Medical Degree  - a five to six-year undergraduate medical degree programme at one of the six medical schools in Ireland.

2. Internship - newly graduated doctors spend 12 months training in hospitals as an Intern (equivalent to ‘house officer’ in some jurisdictions), working as part of a team with nurses and experienced doctors, and earning their first salary as a doctor.

The intern year is structured so that a doctor can experience a variety of medical specialties; at least three months must be spent in general Medicine and at least three months in general Surgery. Interns can also spend 2 – 4 months in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Anaesthesia (to include perioperative medicine)
  • Radiology

This variety helps the intern decide which area of medicine they want to continue training in. In Ireland, the Medical Council oversees the intern year.

3. Basic Specialist Training - Towards the end of the intern year, a doctor must choose an area of medicine to continue training in. The next stage of training is Basic Specialist Training (BST).

There are 10 BST programmes in Ireland, including Ophthalmology:

BST specialty

Postgraduate Medical Training Body

Anaesthesia

College of Anaesthetists of Ireland

Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

General Internal Medicine (and its subspecialties)

Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training, RCPI

General Practice

Irish College of General Practitioners

Histopathology

Faculty of Pathology, RCPI

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI

Ophthalmology

Irish College of Ophthalmologists

Paediatrics (including Neonatology)

Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI

Psychiatry

College of Psychiatry of Ireland

Surgery

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

In most cases BST is two years in duration. During this time a doctor works as a Senior House Officer (SHO), mostly in hospitals and always under the supervision of a more experienced doctor.

To find out more about BST with RCPI, click here.

4. Registrar Training - After BST most doctors want to progress to Higher Specialist Training (HST). Entry to HST is very competitive. Some doctors may need to wait for a year or two before they either meet all of the entry criteria (e.g. passing postgraduate exams) or are successful at interview.

In RCPI, the Registrar Training Programme (RTP) is designed for doctors who want to continue their training at registrar level with a view to progressing on to HST.

5. Higher Specialist Training (HST) - is designed to bring a doctor’s skills up to the standard required for independent, specialist practice. HST takes four to six years to complete, depending on the specialty. During this time a doctor works as a Specialist Registrar (SpR). On satisfactory completion of HST, SpRs receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) which allows them to enter the Specialist Division of the Medical Council.

6. Consultant - Once a doctor is on the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council they are eligible to apply for consultant posts. However is not always easy to get into these highly-regarded positions. With the exception of GPs (General Practitioners), specialists in Ireland are generally referred to as ‘consultants’.

Many doctors spend some time working abroad and building up their portfolio of research, audits and publications before becoming a consultant.

Last Updated: March, 2015


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Organisation: Irish College of Ophthalmologists
  Address: 121 St Stephens's Green, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 402 2777
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Organisation: Irish Medical Council
  Address: Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 498 3100
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