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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (M50)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2020

M50 Ophth 801Ophthalmology0.0 Unit
Description:This elective is only offered in June for WUMS-IV students.

This elective is for senior students who plan to apply for a residency in Ophthalmology. In accordance with any subinternship, medical students will be expected to function at the level of a beginning first-year ophthalmology resident on this rotation. The students will rotate through the resident eye clinic and the subspecialty clinics of the full time faculty of the Washington University Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (e.g., neuro-ophthalmology service, cornea/external disease service, etc.).

Students may opt to check out indirect ophthalmoscopy lenses that may be used for the month to facilitate the acquisition of fundoscopy skills. During the rotation, the student's responsibilities range from observation (including observing surgery) to working at a resident level and completing full eye examinations.

There will be a rigorous academic curriculum for the rotation, including a weekly case presentation, bi-monthly wet lab sessions with a resident, weekly attendance at grand rounds, and a mix of medical student-oriented and resident-oriented conferences.

On day one, students will receive a rotating call schedule for the entire month. A medical student is expected to be present at all times to assist the primary call ophthalmology resident during the rotation. By the end of the four-week rotation, the student is expected to be proficient in taking an ocular history and performing a complete eye exam including slit lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy.

All students interested in this senior elective must meet with a Course Director in March of year WUMS-III. The final grade of the student is determined by input from the director of the particular service(s) through which the student rotated, plus the case presentations.

Student time distribution: Inpatient 5%; Outpatient 80%; Conferences/Lectures 15%; Subspecialty Care 100%
Patients seen weekly: At least 25, usually more
Major teaching responsibility: Attendings, fellows, and residents
On call/weekend responsibility: Yes - call schedule will be finalized on the first day of the rotation
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01TBA(None) / LeeDefault - none9940
Desc:Location: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, South Campus, McMillan Hospital

Elective Contact: Olivia Jensen, ojensen@wustl.edu

Enrollment limit per period: 8

Other Information: All students interested in this senior elective must meet with Dr. Andrew Lee or Dr. John Lind in March of year WUMS-III.


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Grade Options
C=Credit (letter grade)
S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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