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Retinal Disorders

LOCATION: St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Dr. R. Mark Hatfield
DURATION: 2 or 4 weeks
OFFERED: Intermittently
STATUS: Elective


To develop an understanding of the wide array of retinal disorders and systemic relationship; To develop an excellent understanding of diabetic retinopathy and its staging.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Intensive exposure to vitreoretinal ophthalmic disorders and surgery. Extensive exposure to diabetic complications related to diabetic retinopathy and other retino vascular disorders. Office based patient evaluations. Observation of various uses of photocoagulation therapy in the treatment of retinal disorders. Serving as an assistant in surgery at St. Francis Hospital.

Special Note

This elective is best suited for a student who has a strong interest in ophthalmology and has previously performed a general ophthalmology clerkship.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily observation.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE ROTATION REPORT TO: Retina Consultants, PLLC, 331 Laidley Street, Suite 301, Charleston, WV 25301, (304)346-4400.