Visiting Medical Students

Preceptor: Dr. Zachary Elkin, MD MPH,
Director Medical Student Education, Department of Ophthalmology, NYU Langone Eye Center
Address: 222 East 41st St. Floor 3, New York, NY 10017

Course Description

The Department of Ophthalmology at NYU offers a comprehensive elective to third and fourth year visiting medical students. This is a 4 week survey-type elective with students spending time with the residents and faculty in the eye clinics at the NYU Langone Eye Center Faculty Group Practice and Bellevue Hospital Center. Clinical activities will occur on the comprehensive eye service as well as in subspecialty clinics including cornea, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, pediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology, and oculoplastics and oncology. Students may also assist in the operating room, minor procedures, and inpatient and emergency department consultations.

Students will have dedicated medical student didactics during the rotation and attend the department Grand Rounds conferences. There will be a short presentation or project to be completed by the end of the rotation.

Visiting students should have previous experience in ophthalmology at their home institutions and should feel comfortable with basic slit-lamp and ophthalmoscopy skills. However, they will have the opportunity to work on these skills over the 4 weeks. By the end of the rotation students should feel comfortable to begin to independently work up, examine, and present clinic patients.


Students are evaluated on a Pass / Fail basis by the residents and select faculty based on their participation, demonstration of clinical skill, and final presentation.

Scheduling information:

Visiting Students applying for the elective rotation should please visit the following link for updated elective dates and application materials:

The visiting student course is offered for 2 medical students in May, June, July, August, and September.

Elective start and end dates will be posted on the registrar’s website at some point during the month of April.

Full applications can be submitted starting in March. The required documents are as follows:

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

Incomplete or early applications will not be accepted.

Applications for visiting students or questions may be directed to our Education Manager, Katina During, at

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 this link for more information: