College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Ophthalmology - SAHEC 4th Year

Title of Clerkship: Ophthalmology

Elective Type: Fourth year elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical 

Clerkship Site: Tiffin, Ohio

Course Number: OPTH 712

Blocks available: By request through the AHEC Center Office

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Various preceptors

Elective Description/Requirements: The student will learn different techniques for examining the eye. This will be 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 Core Competencies/Educational Course Objectives: At the end of the rotation the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and document the ability to perform and 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. Management of ophthalmic disease in the pediatric and adult patient. EPOs: PC-8, PC-10, MK-7
  6. Management and treatment of 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/COM students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Core Competencies 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 the required Surgery clerkships.

Sandusky AHEC Center Office Contact: Sophie Aldrich
Phone Number: 419-359-5877

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.


Last Updated: 2/20/23