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Ophthalmology Clerkship Review

Ophthalmology Clerkship Review

Ophthalmology Clerkship Review

In December I FINALLY rotated with the Ophthalmology department and it was…THE BEST.

Course Structure:

Ophthalmology is a 2-week elective with a flexible schedule at my school. I was given the freedom choose which days I spent in the OR vs. clinic. In clinic, I worked with a resident and practiced the art of using a slit lamp. It is incredible to visualize all of the parts of the eye in so much detail! I was able to see patients in every subspecialty of ophthalmology during my rotation. In the OR I observed many cataract, strabismus, cornea, and oculoplastic surgeries. I even scrubbed in on two cataract surgeries to help keep the cornea hydrated at all times. Scrubbing in gave me the opportunity to observe the surgeries through the microscope, which shows more depth than watching on the TV screen in the OR. I had so much fun on this rotation, and I wish I had more than two weeks!


-Saving sight saves lives! True, vision loss is not emergently life-threatening, but the effect on activities of daily living is lifestyle threatening. Patients with vision loss can feel isolated, and vision loss can predispose patients to injury. So many patients told us “you just don’t know how much you’re helping me,” and that touched my heart.

-Microsurgery is the BEST. I love the idea of practicing a delicate craft and transforming people’s lives.

-Ophthalmology has a great mix of medical and surgical management. Most ophthalmologists perform surgeries 1-2 days/week and spend the other days in clinic. I enjoyed the variety of pathologies and the variety in the schedule in this specialty.

-Unless my other rotations surprise me this semester, I think Ophthalmology is the ONE!


-I used a series of lectures from AAO provided by my school. However, I have heard that this is a great Ophthalmology book for medical students!

-There are also 20 ish ophthalmology questions on Uworld, but you may want to save them for studying for your Internal Medicine shelf.

P.S. Check out my Pediatrics and OBGYN clerkship reviews!

Lexi Sebren

Hi y’all! I’m a wife, third year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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