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Ophthalmology – Online

Updated: 6/12/20

For non-UI COM students only. 

Career and Non-Career students. Must have completed all core clerkships.

Non career students will learn:

  • Essential skills of a basic ophthalmic exam
  • Ophthalmic vocabulary
  • Improved communication with the patient with regards to common ocular conditions
  • Improved communication with ophthalmic consultant
  • Appropriate and timely ophthalmology referrals
  • Impact overall patient care within the community
  • Gain ophthalmic knowledge as it pertains to the field of medicine the students are entering
  • Affect interprofessional attitudes
  • Help with professional socialization

Career students will learn:

  • Essential skills of a basic ophthalmic exam
  • Ophthalmic vocabulary
  • Take students from their existing knowledge to increased competence
  • Exposure and involvement in the authentic and legitimate work of the field


  • Expected learning outcomes
    • Basic ocular anatomy
    • Acronyms in ophthalmology
    • Basic eye exam skills
    • Identify and manage common eye complaints
    • Use of a direct ophthalmoscope
  • Information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives acquired through attendance and participation
    • Online learning curriculum is sequenced and builds on each other through 4 weeks
    • Weekly online medical student focused conferences motivate student involvement
    • Progression from knowledge acquisition through required reading to application, analysis and synthesis with patient based case discussions

Lectures, Conferences, Case reviews, Case discussions, Demonstration, Oral presentations, Oral and written exam

Based on summaries of e-learning submitted weekly; and final rotation grade will be based on their oral presentation, oral exam performance on 2 clinical case scenarios, performance on written exam. Midterm feedback given at the end of 2 weeks, based on student discussions and summaries submitted.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 493

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Pooja Bhat, MD
    Coordinators: Tammy Maldonado
    Telephone: 312-996-7770

  • Program Information

    Duration:  4 Weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 4 Max. 8
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 12-14
    Laboratory/Independent Study: 18-20
    Outpatient: 0
    Inpatient: 0
    Total Hours /Week: 32-34