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M50/816  Away Rotation in Ophthalmology

This elective is only available to visiting students in the month of September (September 3-28, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year). 

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.

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.