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Department of Ophthalmology Elective Catalog Consultation Ophthalmology Elective

Consultation Ophthalmology Elective

Preceptors: Zachary Elkin, MD
Course Code: 08-01
Contact: Carol Conforme, and Nicole Mazzone,
Tel: 929-455-5009
Fax: 929-455-5553
Address: 222 East 41st Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017

Prerequisites: None


This course is designed for students who are not planning on a career in ophthalmology, but who want to learn how to evaluate eye emergencies that occur in the inpatient and emergency department settings. Students will spend the duration of the elective working with the consult resident at Tisch Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. They will learn how to perform the bedside eye examination and better understand when ophthalmology consults are needed. Attendance at all didactic sessions and departmental conferences is expected.

Students who are considering a career in ophthalmology are also invited to take this elective to learn more about emergency ophthalmology.

Objectives of the Elective

The student should learn about the eye, clinical eye examination techniques, how to triage ophthalmic emergencies, common ophthalmic diagnoses that require ophthalmology consultation. The elective will combine medical student specific lectures, online activities, and in person clinical experiences to be introduced to the field of ophthalmology.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

  1. Gain a basic understanding of eye anatomy, common eye emergencies, and achieve proficiency with the bedside eye examination.
  2. Participate meaningfully in the care and management of eye patients in the emergency department and inpatient wards including history and physical, exam, and assisting the resident and attendings.
  3. Attend all assigned clinics and all departmental lectures/conferences including Grand Rounds.

Didactic Program

The students participate in introductory lectures as well as a dedicated online medical student didactic series. More information will be provided at the start of the rotation.

Method of Evaluation

Students are evaluated by the residents, the faculty preceptor and the director of residency training. Attendance at clinical sites and didactics is required.

Scheduling Information

Months offered: All Year
Report to:, 929-455-5926
Students per period: 2
Duration: 2-weeks