Rotations/ Clerkships



  • Medical Student Director
Length of rotations: 2 to 4 weeks
Max students per rotation: 4
Rotation types: Research / Clerkships


Coordinator: Ms. April Jackson
Telephone: 706-721-6175
Fax: 706-721-1158

1120 15th Street, BA-2718
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA 30912


» Resident camaraderie
» Good learning environment
» Attending involvement in teaching
» Surgical observation
» Training in examination techniques
» Full participation in department activity

OPTH 5001 - Ophthalmology Clerkship

Prerequisite: None, The student participates with the residents and faculty in their daily clinical activities. This includes seeing and evaluating patients in the outpatient clinic with the residents and faculty, participation in conferences and lectures, and observation of some surgical procedures.
Grade mode: Normal, audit
Hours: Credit: Low:7 Contact: Low: 41
Repeated: 1
Course level: Professional semester
Equivalent course: OPH5001
College restrictions: Medicine

How does it all work?
Some specifics:

med student book
Each rotation begins on a Monday (excepting holidays when the rotation will begin the following morning). You should present to Ms. Garrett's office. She will give you a basic ophthalmology book and couple of handouts which explain the rotation. Included in that will be your schedule which will include time at both the main campus and the VAMC. You will be expected to participate in grand rounds, lectures and other events with the residents. Feel free to connect with the residents to ask questions and gain further insight into how the rotation can be best experienced.
Grading? / Test? No test is administered at the close of the rotation. Your grade will represent a composite of a number of faculty evaluations which are done through one45.
Presentations: As of July 1, 2013, the Department of Ophthalmology will require all medical students (GRU/Visiting) students who rotate through our department to present at Grand Rounds. Please review these guidelines (click here for specifics) to assist you in preparing for your presentation. NOTE: The presentation will be part of your OPTH 5001 Grade.
Goals: A number of things can be achieved during any given rotation. Given the highly specific nature of ophthalmology examinations one of your chief goals should be to gain a facility using standard ophthalmic instrumentation. It should also be your goal to learn how to take visual acuity, examine motility, pupils, and confrontational visual fields. There will be opportunity to gain some basic experience in ocular diagnosis and management as well.

OPTH 5002 - Ophthalmology Research Elective

Prerequisite: None, An area of mutual interest to the student and faculty supervisor will be selected and the student will outline his research project with literature references and carry it out under supervision. A written report on the project is required at the end of the elective period.
Grade mode: Normal, audit
Hours: Credit: Low:7 Contact: Low: 45
Repeated: 1
Course level: Professional semester
Equivalent course: OPH5002
College restrictions: Medicine

How does it all work?
  There are a number of research opportunities that are available in both the department (may be more clinically oriented) and through the Vision Discovery Institute (which is typically more basic science oriented). In general it may be easier to connect with a specific project in the Vision Discovery Institute.
Getting started: Contact Kimberly Garrett so that she can help to connect you with available research opportunities. It may be prudent to touch base with the faculty member in advance of your rotation to facilitate the experience.

OPTH 5003 - Ophthalmology Off Campus Experience

Prerequisite: None, Special arrangements can be made for elective periods of one or two months in a Department of Ophthalmology at another medical school or one that is affiliated with a medical school (Canada or USA), to study some phase of ophthalmology such as ophthalmic pathology, neuroophthalmology etc. Written approval must be obtained in advance from both the GHSU Department of Ophthalmology (Dr. Bogorad) and the Department where the elective is to be taken. A description of the off campus elective, including the names(s) of the supervising faculty member(s), must be submitted to the GHSU Department of Ophthalmology before approval to take the course for credit can be considered. In addition, a letter of evaluation with specific comments regarding the student's performance and a brief description of the work completed must be received from the Department Chairman or the supervising faculty member in the Department where the off campus elective is taken. Credit for the course will not be given until all of the above have been satisfactorily completed.
Grade mode: Normal, audit
Hours: Credit: Low:7 Contact: Low: 40
Repeated: 1
Course level: Professional semester
Equivalent course: OPH5003
College restrictions: Medicine

How does it all work?
  The specifics for the management of off-site ophthalmology rotations must be taken up with the respective faculty member responsible for supervising the students in that facility.