College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Ophthalmology Elective - Acting Internship

Title of Clerkship: Ophthalmology Elective- Acting Internship

Elective Year(s): Fourth-Year Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: Promedica Vision Associates-3330 Meijer Dr. Suite 1, Toledo, OH 43617

Course Number: OPTH710

Blocks Available: All

Number of Students/Block: 1 student

Faculty: Dr. Niraj Shah and Dr. Stanley Tao

Elective Description/Requirements: The student will have the opportunity to function as an intern.  The student will learn and perform different techniques for examining the eye including slit lamp examination and indirect ophthalmoscopy. The student will work up patients independently, scribe within EMR, work up patients and come up with a differential diagnosis, assessment and plan.  The student will learn how to perform OCT scans and visual fields.  The student will give a lecture on select Ophthalmology topics.  The student will be first assist in surgery.  The student will learn how to prescribe glasses.  The student will evaluate patients with eye disorders in an outpatient setting. Students will obtain clinical experience in evaluating patients with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma as well as areas of Neuro-ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Links to Core Competencies/Educational Course Objectives: At the end of this elective, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform an eye examination that includes a slit lamp dilated fundus exam. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4, PC-6, MK-1, MK-4)
  2. Evaluate and diagnose common ophthalmic disorders. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-9, MK-6, MK-7, MK-8)
  3. Describe the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. (EPOs: PC-8, MK-7)
  4. List treatment options of basic ophthalmic disease entities. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-8, PC-4)
  5. Scribe within EMR and complete an accurate patient note and present it. (EPOs: PC-6)
  6. First assist in surgery. (EPOs: PC-6)
  7. Perform OCT scans and visual fields. (EPOs: PC-6, PC-7, PC-8)
  8. List the ophthalmologic conditions that require referral to an ophthalmic specialist. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8)
  9. Prescribe glasses. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8)

Professionalism: UT/COM 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. Small group instruction
  4. Case studies
  5. Review of tests including interpretation
  6. Observations of ophthalmic surgery including review of charts and indications for surgical intervention

Evaluation Methods:

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required Surgery Clerkship

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419-383-53580

Special Requirements: Participation in night call is recommended because many cases come in after hours. A call schedule will be arranged per individual.

ECC Approved
February 2024

Last Updated: 3/8/24