Our Opportunities for Medical Students
The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences actively participates in the education of medical students. In addition to daily interactions, the department provides the following didactic lectures:
- Ten one-hour lectures to first-year medical students about the diseases of the eye and visual system (part of the Integrated Pathway Med 1 - Neuroscience)
- Two-hour practical session learning how to use the direct ophthalmoscope (part of the Integrated Pathway Med 1 – Neuroscience)
- Two-hour lecture in Ambulatory Care Clerkship to third-year medical students about the approach to the eye exam for every medical practitioner (Ground School of UPWP Ring)
The department offers the below courses to both third-year and fourth-year medical students.
Third-year medical students
- Ophthalmology Selective (during Ambulatory Care Clerkship)
Fourth-year medical students
- Comprehensive Ophthalmology
- Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Advanced Retina Elective
- Virtual Ophthalmology Elective for Visiting Students
Medical students interested in completing an away rotation with our department should apply through The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities.
The department faculty members also contribute to the educational activities of the medical students during other rotations, such as pediatrics.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine also provides additional scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students. For more information, visit the Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program at Ohio State.
College of Medicine Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program
The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine presents an exciting opportunity to experience a one-month rotation at one of America's top academic medical centers. This career development program aims to increase the percentage of students from underrepresented groups who train in one of our exceptional residency programs. In addition to active participation on the clinical rotation, students will have scheduled meetings with the associate dean for diversity and inclusion to facilitate career development and mentoring. A $2,000 diversity scholarship will be offered – $1,000 prior to completion and $1,000 after completion of the rotation.
Underrepresented in Medicine Ophthalmology Visiting Student Scholarship
In addition, for those who do not receive a scholarship through the Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program at Ohio State, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is offering an away rotation scholarship for underrepresented medical students for the upcoming academic year. The $2,000 scholarship will be used to help offset cost for travel, lodging and other student needs.
Students applying for one of the scholarships should be in their fourth year of medical school and interested in rotating at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They should also have plans to apply for a residency position in Ophthalmology.
All interested applicants should apply prior to the first day of their away rotation, and early submission is encouraged. Please provide a letter of interest (one page in length), an updated CV and one letter of recommendation. All applications will be reviewed by Ohio State University College of Medicine faculty.
To submit your application or learn more information, contact Medical Student Coordinator Katie Woodrow at email@example.com or Director of Medical Student Education, Michael Wells, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meredith Hess, M.A.Ed
Education Resource Specialist
Ohio State Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road, Suite 5000
Columbus, OH 43212