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Ophthalmology (Florida)


The clerkship occurs in the outpatient clinic setting where the students will rotate through each of the subspecialty clinics including cornea, glaucoma, neuroopthalmology, oculoplastics, retina, strabismus. The staff sees approximately 150 patients per day and performs approximately 100 surgeries per month. The students will have the opportunity to participate with the staff member in the eye examination and observe in surgery. A reading syllabus with textbooks and slide reviews enhances the learning experience. The students are encouraged to write a case presentation worthy of publication.

Specific goals

  1. Understand the anatomy of the eye and orbit.
  2. Learn the basics of a complete eye examination including vision acuity, pupil response, intra-ocular pressure, ocular motitlity, visual field, anterior segment, and fundus examination
  3. Learn the basics of common eye diseases (cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.) and ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases (diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.)
  4. Understand and appreciate the nature of a multi-specialty group ophthalmology practice.

Activity outline

Students are in clinic daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. On the first day of the rotation they will receive the rotation schedule and daily reading assignments. They will participate in the examination of selected patients as determined by the staff. In addition, they will observe in surgery.

Method of evaluation

At the beginning of the rotation the student and coordinator will meet to review the goals of the student and rotation. The program coordinator monitors the progress of the student through daily contact with the students and staff. At the end of the clerkship, the program coordinator and student meet to review if the goals of the program and student were met.