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OPHT 914 - Surgical Ophthalmology

Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing; this elective must be scheduled with the clinical coordinator for the Ophthalmology department. The four-week elective is designed to introduce the fourth-year medical student into the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients with surgical ocular diseases. The student will be involved in the preoperative evaluation, surgical care and postoperative care of patients. The student will rotate on the Cornea, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Retina Services to gain a broad experience into the field of surgical ophthalmology. The student will also be involved in the trauma call and the surgical care of patients with ocular and periocular trauma. The student will be required to give a patient presentation at the departmental Grand Rounds at the conclusion of the rotation. Course Goals: To understand the indications for and techniques of common ocular surgeries--i.e., cataract, corneal transplants, glaucoma, strabismus, retinal detachment, facial and ocular and trauma (facial ocular and periocular) surgeries; understand the principles of pre- and post-operative evaluation and care of ophthalmic surgical patients; increase clinical skills by examining patients in the clinic and assisting in surgery; students will learn about the informed consent process for surgical procedures and increase skills in information management and critical thinking by giving a formal case presentation. Note: Method of Evaluation includes observation of performance, quality of case presentation, participation, and a multiple-choice examination.
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