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The Department of Ophthalmology at NYU is proud to offer a new comprehensive elective to third and fourth year visiting medical students. This is a survey-type elective with students spending time with the residents and faculty in the eye clinics at Bellevue Hospital Center, the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center and at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. We are also pleased to invite students to shadow our faculty in a number of subspecialties throughout NYU. Students will participate in clinical activities on the comprehensive eye service as well as in the subspecialty clinics including cornea, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, pediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, oncology and pathology services. There will be opportunity to observe and /or participate in ocular surgery and procedures in the operating rooms and minor procedures suites at our various clinical sites. Opportunity will also be given to students to learn and practice microsurgical skills on our virtual surgery simulator.

Students will participate in all didactic conferences during their rotation, and a number of introductory lectures will also be made available by podcast. An introductory booklet is also supplied outlining the basics of the eye exam. The expectation is that students will learn the basics of slit-lamp and indirect ophthalmology examinations and participate in the management of emergency room patients and in-patient consultations. It is anticipated that students will begin independent examination of clinic patients by the end of the 4 week block. Requirements also include a short oral patient case presentation and a quiz at the end of the rotation. Students are evaluated on an Honors / Pass / Fail basis, by the residents and select faculty based on their participation, demonstration of clinical skill, oral presentation and test results.

Visiting Students applying for the elective rotation please see the following link:

The required documents are as follows:

  • Copy of CV
  • Personal statement (what is your interest in ophthalmology)
  • Malpractice Insurance letter (from your home school)
  • Copy of your health insurance card

Applications for visiting students may be directed to Denise Ortiz, via email or 212-263-6434

NYU Department of Ophthalmology
Attn: Denise Ortiz
462 First Avenue NBV 5N18
New York, NY 10016