The following Case Report Guideline will provide information on how to successfully complete the mandatory CCSO Fellowship Case Report requirement. Candidates are requested to follow the Canadian Journal of Optometry (CJO) Submission Guideline, and to review previously published issues of the CJO to optimize the preparation of case reports – link here: Canadian Journal of Optometry – Issues.
As detailed in the CCSO Fellowship Points Guide:
The purpose of requiring written Case Reports to earn your CCSO Fellowship designation is to demonstrate:
Review the office charts of patients that you have examined, diagnosed, treated and managed over the past few years. The cases you select can be patients that you diagnosed and treated yourself; or, patients you diagnosed but referred to another health care practitioner for treatment.
Your Case Reports can be on any patient and any condition, even if they are not colorful and exotic. The CCSO Fellowship Panel wants to understand your everyday skill set and knowledge base when they review your submitted reports, not how rare of a condition you could diagnose and treat.
We also encourage applicants to create reports on a wide variety of patients / conditions to demonstrate the breadth of your everyday skill set and knowledge base.
Once you have selected an appropriate patient:
The following section summarizes the recommended CCSO Case Report layout:
Plagiarism is not allowed. All submitted work is expected to be the applicant’s own original writing. As noted above, should the need arise to include information taken from other sources, you must acknowledge these sources appropriately. Please contact the CCSO office if you have any questions regarding plagiarism or unsure whether what you are submitting constitutes plagiarism.
All Case Reports are evaluated by the CCSO Fellowship Panel. We consider the quality of your submitted work to be a direct reflection of the standard of patient care in your office.
The CCSO Fellowship Panel also considers the following during their review:
Please address all questions to the CCSO office. Questions pertaining to specific topics or areas will be forwarded to the appropriate committee or individual.
Once the Fellowship Review Panel makes a decision on the acceptance of your submitted work, the CCSO office will contact you directly to inform you of their decision. Once you have accumulated all points required for fellowship, the CCSO office will again contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for your Oral Exam.