The Ophthalmology Learning Curve

Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 30, 2019

Working at a Contract Research Organization (CRO) can be an intimidating experience. Upon arrival, there is a long training process to be completed before contributing to your job. Ophthalmology in particular is such a vast area of expertise that covers such a small physical space in reality.  With that experience, the employees therein have a steep learning curve to overcome.

Every job comes with its own jargon that coworkers share to communicate goals effectively. Adapting these key words makes for a better, more efficient work environment. Any job in the clinical field, especially in ophthalmology, comes with an implied wealth of knowledge. There’s a large investment in training materials for most workplaces involved with ophthalmology, especially in the clinical research space. has a great tip for adjusting to an influx of information:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the trick to ramping up at a new job is accessing information when you need it. Make sure your how-to instructions and various lists are well-organized. If your job requires some moving around, it’s no good to have a helpful Post-it back on your bulletin board. Use a portable notebook or accordion folder with labeled dividers that you can even take home for review.

When looking for a place to work in the field of ophthalmology, please take into consideration the amount of communicable job skills that will come with your onboard training. Those skills will stay with you, even if you decide to move on.