Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Ophthalmology at NYU offers a comprehensive elective to third and fourth year visiting medical students. This is a survey-type elective with students spending time with the residents and faculty in the eye clinics at Bellevue Hospital Center, the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center and at our Faculty Group Practice. Students will participate in clinical activities on the comprehensive eye service as well as in subspecialty clinics including cornea, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, pediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and oncology. There will be opportunity to observe ocular surgery and procedures in the operating rooms and minor procedures suites at our various clinical sites.

Students will participate in all didactic conferences during their rotation. The expectation is that students will learn the basics of slit-lamp and indirect ophthalmology examinations and participate in the management of emergency room patients and inpatient consultations. It is anticipated that students will begin independent examination of clinic patients by the end of the 4 week block. Requirements also include a short oral patient case presentation and a quiz at the end of the rotation. Students are evaluated on an Honors / Pass / Fail basis by the residents and select faculty based on their participation, demonstration of clinical skill, oral presentation and test results.

Visiting Students applying for the elective rotation please visit the following link:

The required documents are as follows:

  • Copy of CV
  • Personal statement (what is your interest in ophthalmology – 2 paragraphs or more)
  • Malpractice Insurance letter (from your home school)
  • Copy of your health insurance card

Applications for visiting students or questions may be directed to our Education Manager, Katina During, at or our Director of Medical Student Education, Dr. Zachary Elkin at