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Opportunities for OSU 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 eye and visual system and associated diseases (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

The department offers opportunities for students to participate in research.

Apply Here

Applications are reviewed in alignment with the following deadlines:


  • June 24, 2024  – Regular deadline

    Decisions will be sent to students by July 31st, 2024

  • November 11, 2024  – Early deadline *recommended for students applying for the Medical Student Research Scholarship (MDSR)

    Decisions will be sent to students by December 2nd, 2024

Diversity Initiatives for OSU Medical Students

  • Diversity and Inclusion - OSU Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • AAO MOM - Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring for Students - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges 
  • ARVO - Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • ASCRS - American Society Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • ASOPRS- American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM)
  • ASRS - American Society of Retina Specialists, URiM
  • AUPO - Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
  • Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program
  • VBS - Vit Buckle Society, Fostering Careers for Underrepresented Stars (FOCUS)
  • WIO - Women in Ophthalmology
  • WIR - Women in Retina, Mentoring Program


Medical Student Coordinator
Katie Woodrow, COA
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