A physician specializing in ophthalmology helps provide medical and surgical care to patients. Ophthalmologists work to maintain and preserve vision for patients, as well as ensure patients maintain ocular health and comfort. There are many subspecialties available within ophthalmology including comprehensive, glaucoma, cornea, pediatrics and strabismus, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and ocular oncology.
During the 2 and 4-week courses offered, students will be assigned to our clinics and have time to observe in the operating room. Students will be taught clinical exam skills to allow for a more hands-on approach. Didactic sessions incorporating lectures and case-based learning accompany the clinical rotations. Students will also be assigned to our consults team at the Main Hospital which will allow them to see consults through the emergency room and inpatient units.
Please direct any questions to Lauren Prisk, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator.
2-week Exploration Electives
The 2-week Exploration Electives are offered and suggested prior to taking the 4-week clinical elective at the beginning of the Branches.
2-week Online Elective
The 2-week Online Elective is intended for those applying into Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Neurology as well as anyone wanting to better learn the fundamentals of Ophthalmology in preparation for residency training. This course is ONLY intended for students who have not and do not plan to take any additional ophthalmology courses.
- OPHTH-8300: Online Ophthy: The Basics ("The Eyes Have It" Online)
4-week Clinical Elective
The 4-week Clinical Elective should be taken after a 2-week exploration elective (if you choose to do so) and before an Advanced Clinical and Research Course. Students spend a week in the Comprehensive Clinic, Consults at the Main Hospital, and two subspecialty clinics (along with OR time).
- Branch students graduating 2022 should take the course between March, April, or May, 2021 of the Branches
- OPHTH-8200: Clinical
Ophthy Advanced Clinical & Research Course
The Ophthy Advanced Clinical & Research Course is available for students committed to Ophthalmology that have already taken the traditional 4-week clinical elective. This course includes clinical and research components and students are asked to identify a mentor to work with.
Ophthy Research Electives
The Ophthy Research Electives can be valuable if your time and efforts are productive. Research electives are offered all periods at the Kellogg Eye Center.
Faculty Career Advisors
There is an entire team of ophthalmology faculty dedicated to supporting students through their medical school career, mentoring, and advising through the residency application process. UMMS students can contact Lauren Prisk, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator, to be paired with a faculty career advisor.
Visiting Student Information
NOTE: COVID-19 Update: No visiting medical students are being accepted for a 4-Week Clinical Elective for the remainder of the 2020/2021 academic year.
A 4-Week Clinical Elective at the Kellogg Eye Center is offered to medical students from other institutions.
- Domestic students: Students can apply for the 4-week clinical elective through the AAMC – Visiting Student Learning Opportunities website. Please refer to the University of Michigan Medical School Visiting Students webpage for additional information.
- International students: Students in their final year of medical school are eligible to complete a 4-week clinical elective in September, October, or November. Please contact Donna Donato, Global Ophthalmology Program Coordinator.
This list will be updated as opportunities are available. For additional information, please contact Lauren Prisk, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator.
Hope Clinic Volunteering
- This volunteer experience provides medical students the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in ophthalmology that will allow them to work with Kellogg Eye Center faculty, residents, and staff to provide vital care to the uninsured and underserved in our community through the Hope Clinic.
- Students begin by learning the following skills: completing a history, vision checking, pinhole visual acuity, lenometry and autorefraction, and how to properly document in patient charts.
- Pending skill level/experience, students will then focus on a more advanced skill set: confrontation visual fields, ocular motility, and intraocular pressure.
- Opportunity available to UMMS students. Must be trained and assessed prior to volunteering.
Health Equity Ophthalmology Summer Program
- Applications for the summer of 2021 are no longer being accepted, application information for the summer of 2022 will be available this fall.
Michigan Ophthalmology Pipeline program (MOP)
- The mission of the Michigan Ophthalmology Pipeline program is to inspire and support underrepresented in medicine (URiM) medical students to prepare a competitive residency application and introduce Ophthalmology as a specialty early in his/her medical education through an innovative longitudinal pipeline mentorship program between medical students, Ophthalmology residents and KEC faculty. In addition, students will have assistance finding research opportunities with faculty to build their CV/residency application.
MOP defines URiM as those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and/or Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian).
- Undergraduate, pre-medical & medical students are welcome to shadow an ophthalmologist at the Kellogg Eye Center.
- Kellogg Eye Center does not currently have a university-sponsored program in place allowing minors to shadow an ophthalmologist.
- HIPAA, Code of Conduct, Immunization Record, Visiting Observer Request Form must be on file prior to the student shadowing.
- Shadow experiences must be coordinated by Lauren Prisk, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator.
- There are volunteer research opportunities available for medical students at the Kellogg Eye Center. To find a research project of interest to you, please review the information in the Research section of this website. Students are welcome to email the Principal Investigator (PI) directly regarding research opportunities in their lab. When emailing a PI, please include your CV, why you’re interested in their project(s), and any prior experience or skills. Medical students must notify Lauren Prisk, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator, prior to beginning any research project. Students may need to meet with KEC’s Research Compliance Specialist if the project involves human subjects or their data. Some students may be required to complete the onboarding process through Michigan Medicine Volunteer Services.