Apr 15, 2024  
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)

Program Description

The general description for the PhD in Medical Sciences (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) is as presented for all PhD programs in Medical Sciences (see Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) ).

Program Core Competencies

The following are the program-specific requirements to satisfy the FoMD’s Program Core Competencies (See Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Program Core Competencies ).

Students will choose graduate level course(s) in consultation with their supervisor and supervisory committee. Students wishing to take a course not listed, must receive approval prior to registration by emailing the Director of Graduate Studies for the program (and copying their supervisor and the Graduate Program Administrator). The email should include the course description and a rationale for how the course fits the research program of the student.

1. Professional Development and Ethics

See GPS Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement  and Professional Development Requirement .

2. Communication

Students are required to attend OVS Journal Club and participate in the OVS Research Day on an annual basis. Journal Club attendance and participation in the OVS Research Day is reported annually to the Graduate Program Administrator.

3. Critical Reading/Thinking

Students must complete 3 units of graduate level coursework to develop competency in Critical Reading/Thinking.


Registration in 900-level THES. Students are required to prepare and defend a thesis on a topic approved by their supervisor and supervisory committee.