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Ophthalmology - OPTH 541




419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 420
Baltimore, MD 21201

Description and Goals:

While rotating through this 4 week elective, the medical student will be exposed to a variety of common Ophthalmologic diseases, such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, eye muscle movement abnormalities, eyelid abnormalities, etc. The students will have introductory Ophthalmology lectures as well as hands-on sessions to learn the basics of eye anatomy, the eye exam, and common ocular disorders, taught by both faculty and residents. In addition, they will attend a variety of clinics at several different sites including the faculty Practice at Redwood, the inpatient consult service, the eye clinic at Midtown, and be given the opportunity to observe in the operating room. Students are expected to attend Grand Rounds. Student evaluation is based on a written examination, clinic performance, and a presentation and case discussion in Grand Rounds.

The goals of the rotation are as follows: 

  • become more familiar with the anatomy of the eye and how to describe exam findings
  • learn how to perform a basic eye exam
  • learn the basics of a slit lamp exam
  • learn how to do direct ophthalmoscopy and a 20 or 78D lens exam

The students will be required to pick up a copy of Basic Ophthalmology from our coordinator (a $20 deposit will be required and this will be returned to the student once the book is returned) and topics for reading will be assigned from this book. In addition, there will be a short test at the end of the elective based on the information presented in lectures and in the assigned readings. Lastly, students will be required to give a 5 min case presentation at department grand rounds on a Tuesday morning during the rotation

Number of Students:

4 per block

Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Clinic: M-F 8am-5pm
Grand Rounds: Tues 7:30 AM
OR start time: 7:15AM at UMMS and 8AM at Midtown
Mandatory lectures at noon on Mondays and Fridays
No call or weekend clinic

Faculty Responsible:

D Chimene Richa, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical Student Education Coordinator

Administrative Contact:

Marva Smith

Additional Information:

The students will also need to obtain an Midtown ID badge, which they can do on the first day of their rotation. This will allow them to observe in Midtown OR (where most of the surgeries are performed) and rotate in the MIdtown eye clinic. Students are required to take a letter of good standing from SOA (indicating that a background check has been done) and immunization record to Human Resources (HR) at Midtown hospital. This elective can be taken by either 3rd or 4th year students.  


Last Revision: March 6, 2014