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 the NYU Langone Eye Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. 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  at the end of the rotation. Students are evaluated on an Pass / Fail basis by the residents and select faculty based on their participation, demonstration of clinical skill, and oral presentation.

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

The required documents are as follows:

  • NYU Visiting student application (see the link above) and supporting documentation
  • Personal statement describing your interest in ophthalmology and NYU. Please limit your response to less than 1 page.

A note for international students and students from non-LCME accredited medical schools:
Currently NYU does not offer an observership opportunity or process visiting student requests from non-LCME accredited medical schools. The department of ophthalmology follows the same guidelines. Thank you for your interest in our program. See the link above for more information.

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