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Basic Ophthalmology - OPTH 540




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, just to name a few. 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 Baltimore VA, the inpatient consult service, the eye clinic at MGH , and be given the opportunity to spend more time in the operating room.

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

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.

Number of Students:

2 per 4-week block

Time of Year Available:

Year-round, with the exception of the month of July


Clinic: M-F 8am-5pm
Grand Rounds: Tues 7:30 AM
OR start time: 7:15AM at UMMS and 8AM at MGH
No call or weekends

Faculty Responsible:

Chimene Richa, MD
Associate Residency Program Director

Administrative Contact:

Marva Smith

Additional Information:

The students will also need to obtain an MGH ID badge, which they can do on the first day of their rotation. This will allow them to observe in MGH OR (where most of the surgeries are performed) and rotate in the MGH eye clinic. Students are required to take their VA Criminal Background Check certificate and immunization record to Human Resources (HR). This elective should not be taken by 4th year students planning to enter the ophthalmology match. Those students should register for OPTH 541.  

Last Revision: August 19, 2013