Ophthalmology

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M50/816  Away Rotation in Ophthalmology

Valid start weeks: September 2016

This four-week elective is for senior students from medical schools across the United States who are in good standing at their home institution and who are planning to apply for a residency in ophthalmology. To enroll in this elective students must first apply online for the elective via the visiting student application service (VSAS). These applications will be reviewed and invitations will then be sent to individuals to enroll in the elective. Due to large demand, not all eligible away students will be accepted for the rotation. The dates for this elective are not flexible.

The students will rotate through the resident eye clinic and the subspecialty clinics of the full time faculty of the Washington University Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (e.g., neuro-ophthalmology service, cornea/external disease service, etc.). In exchange for a refundable deposit, students may opt to check-out indirect ophthalmoscopy lenses that may be used for the month to facilitate the acquisition of fundoscopy skills.

During the rotation the student’s responsibilities range from observation (including observing surgery) to working at a resident level and completing full eye examinations. Didactics will include weekly case presentation sessions to Dr. John Lind or Dr. Morton Smith, weekly attendance at grand rounds, and a mix of medical student-oriented and resident-oriented conferences. Also, there will be medical student-oriented workshops to learn the basics of the slit lamp and indirect ophthalmoscopy.

On day one, students will receive a schedule of conferences that they are expected to attend during the month. By the end of the four-week rotation, the student is expected to be proficient in taking an ocular history and performing a complete eye exam including slit lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy.

The final grade of the student is determined by the course director with input from the residents, fellows, and faculty members of the particular
service(s) through which the student rotated.

Schedule of Elective Intervals
Weeks 1-4: June 20, 2016 -July 17, 2016
5-8: July 18, 2016 – August 14, 2016
9-12: August 15, 2016 – September 11, 2016
13-16: September 12, 2016 – October 9, 2016
17-20: October 10, 2016 – November 6, 2016
21-24: November 7, 2016 – December 4, 2016
25-28: December 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017
29-32: January 16, 2017 – February 12, 2017
33-36: February 13, 2017 – March 12, 2017
37-40: March 13, 2017 – April 9, 2017
41-44: April 10, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Student Time Distribution
Inpatient 15%; Outpatient 70%; Conferences/ Lectures 15%; Subspecialty Care 100%

Major Teaching Responsibility
Attendings, fellows, and residents

Patients Seen/Weekly
At least 25, usually more

On Call / Weekend Responsibility
No call responsibility. Very rare weekend responsibility.