This survey is looking at the practice of fundoscopy (direct ophthalmoscopy) as a clinical skill and attitudes towards it. Fundoscopy is a part of clinical examination that may often be omitted as part of a clinical examination and is a Foundation Programme competency.

We would like to get the views of Foundation doctors on fundoscopy including how well it is taught at Medical School. All sheets are anonymous and all answers given confidential.

We would be grateful if you could complete the following short questionnaire that has been approved by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 

* 1. Please state your year of birth

* 2. What is your gender?

* 3. What Medical School did you go to?

* 4. Did your Medical School have a compulsory ophthalmology attachment e.g. 1 week placement?

* 5. As a medical student were you confident that you could identify an optic disc using an ophthalmoscope?

* 6. Was competency in using an ophthalmoscope assessed as an undergraduate?

* 7. As an undergraduate where did you get most practice with an ophthalmoscope?

* 8. Please state the name of the Deanery (LETB) you did your F1 posts in

* 9. When you were an F1 doctor did you feel your undergraduate ophthalmological teaching was appropriate for you to be confident in using an ophthalmoscope?

* 10. Did you do an F1 Ophthalmology post?

* 11. Do you feel that fundoscopy (direct ophthalmoscopy) is an essential clinical skill?

* 12. When you were an F1 doctor, on average how many times a week would you use an ophthalmoscope to undertake fundoscopy?

* 13. When you were an F1 doctor were there any barriers to you undertaking fundoscopy in daily practice?

* 14. Now consider the following case:
A 27-year-old female weighing 100 kg presents to A&E complaining of severe throbbing headaches for the past 6 weeks that are not relieved by paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen.
Your differential diagnosis includes Idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
Would you feel confident in recognising papilloedema using an ophthalmoscope?

* 15. Would further postgraduate training in ophthalmoscopy benefit you?

* 16. Do you think ophthalmoscopy should be a mandatory Supervised Learning Event (DOPS) for all F1 doctors?

* 17. Do you think ophthalmoscopy will be useful for you in your future career?

Many thanks for completing this questionnaire. Your feedback is valuable to us.

Dr W Fusi-Rubiano, Miss M Tsaloumas, Professor PI Murray