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Medical Student Electives

Description

2 Week Course:  Will be offered for students planning to pursue any residency training outside of ophthalmology, in order to gain appreciation and understanding of general ophthalmic exam skills and pathology.  The course will be based primarily at the Northport VA Hospital. 

4 Week Course:  Will be offered for students contemplating application to ophthalmology residencies or wanting additional training / exposure.  In this clerkship, the student will be expected to prepare a short presentation during their rotation on a topic of interest; and will be assigned a faculty advisor for the rotation to approve and assist with this.  The student will get to spend the last 2 weeks of the elective with their mentor at the Stony Brook clinic and the operating room.  They will also accompany the residents doing hospital consultations during this period of the course.

For either course:

1) The first day of the elective will be at the Northport VA Eye Clinic, on the 2nd floor in the main outpatient building (Building 200, Clinic 2J). Here students will meet with Dr. Regina or the attending in the clinic that day, have a brief introduction to the course, and get to spend time in a clinic exam room practicing slit lamp exam and direct ophthalmoscopy.  Thereafter they will begin shadowing residents and then participating in clinic as appropriate.

2) Special sessions with attending physicians will be assigned at Stony Brook (Tech Park, 33 Research Way, East Setauket) for exposure to neuro-ophthalmology as well as pediatric ophthalmology.  Students for either elective will receive their complete schedule prior to the start date.  Students will also attend all resident lectures each morning before clinic plus any special department lectures such as pathology rounds or grand rounds. 

3) Students will complete reading assignments and view online materials as listed below.  And, through attendance and participation in clinic, acquire the basic ophthalmic exam skills and knowledge to diagnose common conditions (see Goals and Objectives.)  The required text is listed at the bottom of this webpage as well and is available for loan from the VA Clinic and Medical Library. 

4) Each student will be evaluated on their clinical performance, attendance, their presentation if applicable, and test results (a written exam will be administered at the VA Eye Clinic on the last day of the course).  Students will receive grades of Fail, LowPass, Pass, HighPass, or Honors.  Each student must also turn in 360 evaluations of any residents they work closely with as well as a course evaluation, (see the link below.)  Grades will be assigned only upon completion of evaluations, the written exam, and return of the text book.

How to schedule the elective:

All requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Preference will be given to SUNY medical students.

  1. First, all requests must be submitted in writing (via email) 4 weeks prior to the desired elective date and sent to the SUNY Stony Brook Ophthalmology residency coordinator, Ms. Mary Tanderup:  mary.tanderup@stonybrookmedicine.edu.  Ms. Tanderup can also be reached at 631-444-1111.
  2. If the elective block is available, the slot will be tentatively assigned to the applicant, and they will be directed to contact Ms. Mary Menken at the VA to complete the requisite paperwork.  Please call 631-261-4400 ext 2984.  The student will need to complete the application for VA medical student rotations. 
OPHTHALMOLOGY ELECTIVE ROTATION DAILY SCHEDULE
 MONTUEWEDTHUFRI
Week 1

AM - Intro at VA

PM - VA Clinic   

AM / PM

VA Clinic

AM / PM

VA Clinic/VA OR

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VA Clinic/VA OR

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VA Clinic/VA OR

Week 2

AM - VA OR

PM - SB Neuro-Oph*

AM / PM

VA Clinic

AM / PM

SB PEDS *

AM / PM

VA Clinic/VA OR

AM / PM

VA Clinic/VA OR

Week 3

AM / PM

SB OR

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

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SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

Week 4

AM / PM

SB OR

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

AM / PM

SB Resident Clinic vs Mentor Clinic

AM / PM

VA for Exam, wrap-up and evals

VA = Northport VA Eye Clinic

SB = Tech Park Office, Stony Brook Ophthalmology Practice

* Subject to change, at the discretion/availability of the faculty

NB: SB Faculty mentor may advise the student to accompany him/her to other activities during weeks 3 & 4 according to their schedule (i.e. extra OR time or consult service at the hospital).

Evaluation of the Elective

Each medical student will need to submit an evaluation of the elective. Final grades and credit for the elective will be given only after the evaluation is submitted and the textbook is returned to the VA Medical library.

(Click here for evaluation form):    Evaluation of the Elective

                                                             360 degree evaluation of the resident