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Ophthalmology for the Future Ophthalmologist

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital and WVU Eye Institute, Morgantown, WV
PRECEPTOR: Brian McMillan, MD
DURATION: Four week rotation designed specifically for students interested in pursuing Ophthalmology as a career. The first two weeks will involve the structured curriculum as described herein. The second two weeks can be spent as the student wishes. This may involve concentrating time in one subspecialty area, working on research or developing a case presentation. Students will be expected to make a brief (10 - 15 minute) presentation on their final Wednesday in the department.
OFFERED: Continuously 
STATUS: Elective


Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas: Basic Eye Examination, The Aging Eye, Systematic Disease and the Eye, Childhood Eye Problems, Acute Nontraumatic Visual Loss, Ocular Trauma and Emergencies, Ocular Symptoms with Neurologic Implications, Ocular Pharmacology, and The Red Eye. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills and knowledge needed for the individual entering the primary care field.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Learning is accomplished in these three settings:

  1. self-directed study through the use of assigned videotapes, interactive CD ROMs, and web-based learning materials, and slide/script presentations in the Trotter Library located in the Eye Institute.
  2. observation in the operating room;
  3. participation in patient care activities in the Eye Institute

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A brief quiz is administered at the end of the rotation to assure completion of the assigned self directed study. Students will also be evaluated based on attendance, judgment, attitude and technical competence.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Ms. Nancy Lilly, nancy.lilly@wvumedicine.org two weeks prior to rotation start date.