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EL Ophthalmology & Visual Science Clinical Elective

This intensive 2 or 4-week elective consists of 10 half-day sessions per week. Students will observe in specialty clinics and ophthalmic surgery. More advanced students will be able to evaluate patients in a general ophthalmology clinic. Students are expected to participate in departmental conferences and review independent study material provided by the department. Subspecialty experience includes cornea and external eye disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, retinal disease, and strabismus. By the end of the elective, students should be able to recognize the four most common causes of profound blindness and be able to identify vision threatening and non-vision threatening causes of a red eye. At completion of the rotation, the student should be able to do an external eye exam, have some familiarity with the slit lamp, and be able to use an ophthalmoscope to identify the optic nerve and be able to describe it. Students who do the 4-week elective are expected to do a presentation on a topic in ophthalmology to be determined at the end of the rotation. Evaluation is based on clinic performance, the case discussions, and the presentation.

Other teaching settings used: Yale Eye Center, Yale Health Center, West Haven VA Eye Clinic and the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. Surgeries at YNHH and Shoreline Center, Guilford. Transportation opens the student to satellite possibilities but is not required for all.

Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks (maximum - 3 students)

Scheduling Restriction(s): Not offered 6/17/24-7/15/24 and 12/02/24-12/30/24

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year

Second year ophthalmology module or equivalent. Non-Yale students need to send the department a transcript, CV, and letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows them. Non-US students need to send the department the results of Step 1 of the USMLE and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at their institution.

Accept Visiting Students: yes

Learning Objectives