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Education

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Ophthalmology offers educational opportunities for medical students and internal medicine residents. We also host an annual Resident’s Research and Alumni Day Conference each June to identify and discuss issues important to the ophthalmic community.

VCU Medical students  

Medical students at the VCU School of Medicine have the option of enrolling in either of the four-week elective courses below. Both are spent in the comprehensive and subspecialty ophthalmology clinics and include participation in inpatient consults.

Clinical ophthalmology elective

The clinical ophthalmology elective help students develop history-taking skills as well as learning and performing the basic aspects of the ophthalmic examination. This rotation focuses on the student who is pursuing a career outside of ophthalmology. View the curriculum [PDF].

Advanced ophthalmology elective

The advanced ophthalmology elective is geared toward students interested in becoming ophthalmologists. This rotation focuses on history-taking skills and performing basic aspects of the ophthalmic examination.

Students will observe surgical cases, spend two weeks on the inpatient consult service and take calls. Students also participate in dedicated didactic lectures and conferences. View the curriculum [PDF].

VCU Medical Students have the option of rotating in Ophthalmology during Periods 1&2.

Inova Medical Students have the option of rotating in Ophthalmology during Periods 1,2,4,5, & 6.

For questions regarding this elective, please contact the School of Medicine Electives Office at (804) 828-9784. Additional information is also available on the VCU School of Medicine website at www.medschool.vcu.edu.

Please note: Slots are offered on a first come first serve fashion; two slots per period are designated for this rotation. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

Surgery clerkship

The VCU Department of Ophthalmology also offers an ophthalmology surgery clerkship two-week rotation. Students spend time in our outpatient clinic and ambulatory surgical center. The focus of this rotation is on the care of patients undergoing cataract surgery and those with ocular trauma. View the curriculum [PDF] and visit the VCU Department of Surgery.

For questions regarding this rotation, please contact the VCU M3 Surgery Clerkship Office at (804) 827-1032. Additional information is also available at www.surgery.vcu.edu/education/clerkship/index.html.

Internal medicine residents

Rotating residents will spend approximately three days a week over a two-week period during their ambulatory rotation in the comprehensive/subspecialty ophthalmology clinics and participate in the inpatient consult service. View the curriculum [PDF].

Continuing medical education

Community physicians are welcome to join Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Ophthalmology faculty and residents for the following monthly and annual events:

  • Grand Rounds: Typically the first Tuesday evening of each month at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center. Residents present once or twice during each year.

  • Journal Club: Typically the third Tuesday evening of each month at the Nelson Clinic. Important journal articles are reviewed and discussed. Given by a resident and moderated by an attending.

  • VCU Health Ophthalmology Resident Research Day Conference: Held each June, this event provides a forum for presentation of case studies and research results by members of our clinical and affiliate faculty. Through the input of our attendees, we identify topics and issues important to the ophthalmic community. This program is designed for ophthalmologists, optometrists, certified ophthalmic medical technologists, certified ophthalmic technicians, certified ophthalmic assistants and other interested allied health care professionals. This conference is held annually during the month of June. For additional information, please contact Brenda Ayala at (804) 828-5208.

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