Medical Students

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences faculty provide lectures to medical students during the Neuroscience course in the first year of medical school.  Upon request, the department offers shadowing opportunities in the clinic and the operating room for all medical students. In addition, the department offers a one credit spring elective for first and second year students designed as an introduction to basic ophthalmologic conditions and the methods of examination of ophthalmic patients in the clinic.  Six hands-on workshops include instruction on the use of ophthalmic-specific equipment such as slit lamp examination, tonometry, and indirect ophthalmoscopy.  Medical students can also volunteer their time at two free eye clinics for indigent patients in Lexington, the Nathaniel Mission Eye Clinic and the  UK Salvation Army Eye Clinic.  An elective rotation in ophthalmic research is also available. 

SAC Clinic 2018

Fourth year medical students are offered a four week elective ophthalmology rotation.  Students will spend time in the clinic and the operating room on the vitreoretinal, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and/or comprehensive ophthalmology services.  This clerkship is designed to provide broad, general ophthalmic education for students interested in a career in ophthalmology, but is also appropriate for students that anticipate practice in fields such as internal medicine, pediatrics, and neurology.  Special attention is given to students obtaining confidence in ophthalmic history-taking and examination techniques and the diagnosis and treatment of common ophthalmic disorders.   

Grand RoundsFourth year medical students who are interested in pursuing an away rotation in our department should apply for the program via the Visiting Student Application Service. Please note that a rotation in our department does not guarantee a residency interview. For more information regarding the visiting student program at the University of Kentucky, please contact Amber Wilson in the Office of Medical Education.

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