Message from the Director:
Welcome to the Medical Student Education Program at the McGovern Medical School Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. The department is dedicated to providing students with an exceptional clinical experience and a comprehensive didactic curriculum in Ophthalmology. Whether they pursue a career in ophthalmology or another field of medicine, we believe that all medical students should possess core skills in ophthalmology upon completion from medical school.
First and second Years: The ophthalmology education begins in the first year of medical school with an introductory lecture to ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology followed by a small group session covering the basics of the eight-point eye examination and some of the common pathologies seen by ophthalmologists. The second year builds on the first year with an introduction to the clinical ophthalmic examination where students are taught the basics of the pupil examination and direct ophthalmoscopy. In addition to formal educational experiences, there are opportunities for students to participate in basic science and clinical research as well as shadowing opportunities with the department faculty.
MSIII Three Week Course OPHT 3030: This third-year elective will introduce students to the field of ophthalmology, and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing the field of ophthalmology as well as those students wishing for a general exposure to ophthalmology. Rotations are held at the Lyndon B. Johnson county hospital. Students will achieve basic skills in ocular evaluation and understand the ophthalmologist’s role in eye care and referral utilizations. Students will learn approaches to emergency care and gain an appreciation of ocular manifestations in systemic diseases. Students will develop an understanding of the disorders of the visual system in terms of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the eye, its adnexae, and the higher visual pathways.
MSIV Two Week Course OPHT 4M01: This fourth year elective is designed to give students experience, under the supervision of staff and residents at the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, in the examination, diagnosis, and therapy of patients with ophthalmic diseases. Students will acquire skills for the use of basic ophthalmic equipment, including the slit lamp and direct ophthalmoscope. Students will observe and possibly assist in ophthalmic surgery, attend conferences, and have an opportunity to initiate and participate in investigative ophthalmic research.
MSIV Four Week Course OPHT 4001: This elective an extended version of the two week course that is designed specifically for students who have decided to pursue a career in ophthalmology. Students are required to give a presentation during the rotation.
A one-month elective is available for visiting medical students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian medical schools. Students interested in a visiting student rotation should contact Jamie Munsinger at Jamie.D.Munsinger@uth.tmc.edu for an application.
All Students are expected to attend weekly didactic conferences, and will be involved in clinical duties from 8 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday. Students will demonstrate competency of the material gained during the rotation by taking a final written examination.
The department of ophthalmology is dedicated to providing an exceptional learning experience and welcomes all students interested in participating in our offered courses.