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Chair: Ronald Krueger, M.D.
Medical Student Education Director: Shannon Lynch, M.D.
Curriculum Clerk: Arianne Marcoux
Truhlsen Eye Institute – 3902 Leavenworth Street
402-559-3378

OPHT 720 CLINICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY ELECTIVE 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This elective in Clinical Ophthalmology includes experience in all areas of general ophthalmologic diagnosis and therapy. Within this wide field, the following areas will receive particular emphasis: 1. Ophthalmic history taking and its correlation with the general medical history; 2. Functional evaluation of the visual system including determination of near and distance visual acuity, visual field, color vision and other testing procedures designed to detect dysfunction of any components of the visual system; 3. Direct examination of the visual system including pupillary exam, measurement of intraocular pressure, the use and limitations of slit-lamp, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy; and 4. Observation of ocular surgical procedures. The goal of this rotation is to lay a firm foundation of basic knowledge and diagnostic skill, which will aid the non-ophthalmologist in evaluating disease processes of the eye, adnexa, and visual pathways. Such knowledge will allow recognition of ophthalmic disorders as well as ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases. Activity-Hours/Week. Clinical patient care-30-36. Rounds-0-1. Conferences/didactic lectures-4-5. Independent learning-0-1. Research project-0. Surgical Observation-2-5.

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Lynch (course director) - the remainder of the ophthalmology clinical faculty will also participate in clinical teaching, departmental conferences, and didactics

Contact: Arianne Marcoux; arianne.marcoux@unmc.edu; 402-559-1859; TEI 3022A (Zip 5540).

Typically Offered: Each four weeks.

Capacity: 1-2

Visiting Student Information: Visiting students are not to contact faculty or clinical departments prior to acceptance through VSAS. Doing so is considered a professional breach and may disqualify the student from being offered a rotation.

OPHT 721 ADVANCED CLINICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This four-week elective in Advanced Clinical Ophthalmology offers students a comprehensive ophthalmology experience. Students can expect exposure to general ophthalmology, cornea and external eye disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, retinal disease, and pediatrics/strabismus, and will also observe ophthalmic surgery once a week on average. Students will learn to take ophthalmic histories, generate a differential diagnosis, evaluate and examine ophthalmology patients, develop a treatment plan, and recommend appropriate referrals or follow up. At completion of the rotation, the student will be able to perform a basic eye exam including an external eye exam, a basic slit lamp exam, a pupil exam, measurement of intraocular pressure, instillation of ophthalmic drops, and funduscopy. In addition, students will be able to use an ophthalmoscope to identify the optic nerve, describe the optic nerve, recognize the most common causes of profound blindness, be able to identify vision threatening and non-vision threatening causes of a red eye, and develop a basic understanding of techniques for examination of the fundus. Students are expected to participate in departmental conferences, attend regular didactic sessions, review independent study material provided by the department, and present an ophthalmic case at a departmental grand rounds. Students will take a post-rotational exam based on assigned reading, didactic sessions, and clinical teaching. Evaluation is based on clinic performance, case discussions, the student presentation, and the post-rotation exam. This course fulfills the sub-internship requirement.

Instructor: Shannon Lynch, MD (course director)

Contact: Arianne Marcoux; arianne.marcoux@unmc.edu; 402-559-4306.

Typically Offered: Each four weeks July - June.

Capacity: 1 1.

Visiting Student Information: Visiting students are not to contact faculty or clinical departments prior to acceptance through VSAS. Doing so is considered a professional breach and may disqualify the student from being offered a rotation.

OPHT 725 INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGY ELECTIVE 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

The International Ophthalmology Elective is intended to provide fourth year medical students with an interest in International Health and/or Ophthalmology with a one month elective experience in the developing world. Students will spend one month at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal working side-by-side with residents and faculty. Students will spend time in lecture, clinic, surgery, and outreach clinics and surgical campus learning the nuances of eye care delivery in the developing world. Students will be assessed based upon: 1. An exit interview with the medical director of the international division of ophthalmology. 2. A 2-page essay summary of their elective experience. 3. A student performance assessment to be completed by the Medical Director of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. For additional information, contact Jessica Feilmeier, International Division Development Director at 402-305-2852.

Prerequisite:  2 week Ophthalmology rotation (under Surgery Clerkship in M3 year) or OPHT-720 Clinical Ophthalmology.

Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Feilmeier.

Contact: Arianne Marcoux (arianne.marcoux@unmc.edu); 402-559-1859; TEI 3022A (Zip 5540).

Typically Offered: Variable. Department

Capacity: Variable. Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

OPHT 760 OFF CAMPUS ELECTIVE 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

An Off-Campus Elective Application form must be submitted for this. (See Off-Campus Elective Application procedures.)

Prerequisite:  Off-Campus Approval form completed.

Contact: Arianne Marcoux; arianne.marcoux@unmc.edu; 402-559-1859; TEI 3022A (Zip 5540).

Typically Offered: Each four weeks.

Capacity: Variable. Location: Variable.

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

OPHT 790 OPHTHALMOLOGY RESEARCH 4-5 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

Prerequisite:  Pre-arranged with an advisor.

Contact: Arianne Marcoux; arianne.marcoux@unmc.edu; 402-559-1859; TEI 3022A (Zip 5540).

Typically Offered: Variable.

Capacity: Variable.

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.