College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Ophthalmology BAHEC - 3rd Year

Title of Clerkship: Ophthalmology

Elective Type: Third Year elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical 

Clerkship Site: Defiance, Ohio

Course Number: OPTH 765

Blocks available: By request through the AHEC Center Office

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Mary Shenouda, M.D.

Elective Description/Requirements:
The student will learn different techniques for examining the eye in an outpatient setting. Among findings, the student will be able to see diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Links to Educational Program Objectives/Educational Course Objectives: At the end of the rotation the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and document the ability to perform an adequate eye examination, including the fundamentals of slit lamp and dilated fundus exam. EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4, PC-6, PC-10, MK-1, MK-4
  2. Evaluate and diagnose common ophthalmic disorders. EPOs: PC-7, PC-9, PBL-7, PBL-5, MK-6, MK-7, MK-8
  3. Distinguish the relationship of ocular manifestations and systemic disease. EPOs: PC-8, PC-10, MK-7
  4. Establish treatment options for basic ophthalmic disease entities. EPOs: PC-8, MK-1, MK-2, MK-4, MK-7
  5. Manage ophthalmic disease in the pediatric and adult patient. EPOs: PC-8, PC-10, MK-7 
  6. Manage and treat emergent ophthalmic disorders. EPOs: PC-8, PC-10, MK-7, MK-9, MK-4
  7. Differentiate what conditions may be safely handled in a general practice vs. those which need to be referred to an ophthalmic specialist. EPOs: MK-16, PC-7, PC-8, PC-10, PC-11

Professionalism: UT/COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Educational Program Objectives and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Observation of patient examination in a clinic setting.
  2. Supervised examination of ophthalmic patients.
  3. Review of tests including interpretation
  4. Observation of ophthalmic surgery including review of charts and indications for surgical intervention 

Evaluation methods Employed:

  1. Clinical competency evaluations
  2. Faculty observation and evaluation
  3. Professional assessments
  4. Attendance
  5. Case write up

Prerequisites: Successful completion of years 1 & 2, and a passing score on USMLE Step 1, successful completion of the Bridge Course.

Bryan AHEC Center Office Contact: Rachel Froelich, MSN, RN
Phone Number: 419-630-2106

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419.383.3580

Special Requirements: On call and other special requirements will be at the discretion of your preceptor. The student will be required to be in the physician’s office during office hours each day unless otherwise specified by the preceptor

Approved ECC
May 2021

Last Updated: 2/20/23