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Department of Ophthalmology Elective Catalog Introduction to Ophthalmology Elective

Introduction to 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 is a survey-type elective utilizing outpatient and inpatient areas and operating rooms of Bellevue and Tisch Hospitals. Attendance at all departmental conferences is expected. Students will work with the ophthalmology residents at this sites to learn the fundamentals of clinical ophthalmology and clinical examination skills.

Objectives of the Elective

The student should learn about the eye, clinical eye examination techniques, and common ophthalmic diagnoses that should be understood by all physicians. 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 diseases and treatment, and achieve proficiency with the slit lamp and other simple eye diagnostic testing.
  2. Participate meaningfully in the care and management of eye patients in the general eye clinic including history and physical, exam, and assisting the resident and attendings.
  3. Attend all assigned clinics and all resident 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: January through September for the first 2 weeks of each block
Report to: Details to be provided prior to the start of the rotation.
Students per period: 4
Duration: 2-weeks