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OPHT 300A. Ophthalmology Clerkship (SUMC, PAVAMC, SCVMC)     Open to Visitors
Weekly lectures covering eye anatomy, the ophthalmologic examination and the pathophysiology and management of common ophthalmologic diseases. Rotations on the clinical services at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, PAVAMC, and/or SCVMC, including emergency and operating room experience.
Prereq: Students must have access to transportation for facilities offsite and for ER after hours.
Periods Avail: P1-12. Full-time for 4 weeks. 3 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Check with Clarissa Saluta ( the week prior to the Clerkship for instructions as to reporting location; Time: 9:00 am.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 2
Director: Deborah Alcorn, M.D. & Suzann Pershing, M.D.
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Clarissa Saluta (650-498-4242), Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, 2452 Watson Court, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

OPHT 300E. Ophthalmology Clerkship (VAPAHCS Livermore Division)   S1   Open to Visitors
Does the thought of evaluating diplopia, eye pain, or vision loss in a patient give you palpitations? This is the rotation for you. Offers a hands on, comprehensive experience focused on sharpening clinical eye examination skills and rationally evaluating ophthalmic conditions and problems. Students will examine patients with a variety of common and uncommon eye conditions, teach patients about their eye diseases, and learn to recognize situations that warrant referral to an ophthalmologist. Learning is enhanced through digital imaging techniques based on anterior and posterior segment ocular visualization, as well as newer modalities such as ocular coherence tomography. Location is in lovely wine country in Livermore, with a cottage available for lodging, so your commute is to walk across the driveway, avoiding the wild turkeys. In addition to educational materials supplied during the rotation, students can also access Vaughan & Asbury's General Ophthalmology 16th Edition, by Paul Riordan-Eva and John P. Whitcher, online at, then click on "Students" and then "" and then "Ophthalmology." Directions from Stanford: Take 84 across the Dumbarton bridge and continue straight on Decoto Rd. Turn right on Alvarado-Niles, left on Nursery Ave, right on Mission Blvd. Make a left on Niles Canyon Rd (highway 84) and follow the signs to Livermore. Stay on 84 and make a right at Wetmore (the road past E. Vineyard), then a right at Arroyo. Continue up Arroyo into the hills; you'll see the white hospital in the distance on your right, 4951 Arroyo Rd. Total drive time is approximately one hour. Weekly schedule, Bldg 62: Monday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, work with community ophthalmologists or VA staff. Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, work with VA ophthalmologists, usually at VA Palo Alto. Wednesday: 8:00 am, Palo Alto VA surgery suite #4 for surgery, followed by Livermore clinic 1 pm. Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Livermore clinic with Dr. Goldschmidt. A short presentation on a topic of the student’s choice is requested at the end of the rotation. Phone numbers: Call locally to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System Livermore Division at 925-373-4700, press 3 for Livermore Division, and enter extension 35116, for making arrangements to stay at the cottage.
Prereq: One core clerkship.
Periods Avail: 2B, 3B-12, full-time for 2 weeks only. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: VAPAHCS, Livermore Division, 4951 Arroyo Road (11), Livermore; Time: 8:30 a.m.
Units: 3     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Leonard Goldschmidt, M.D., Ph.D.
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Leonard Goldschmidt, M.D., Ph.D. (925-373-4700 x35106), 4951 Arroyo Road (11), Livermore, CA 94550.

OPHT 302A. Bay Area Ophthalmology Course: Fundamentals in Clinical and Visual Science (SUMC)     Open to Visitors Open
Intensive instruction in the basic sciences underlying ophthalmic practice and research. An internationally-recognized collaboration among ophthalmology teaching programs within the Bay Area, with participation by experts from other institutions. Emphasis on theoretical and practical understanding of the basic vision sciences. At the conclusion of the clerkship, participants are expected to have basic knowledge in both introductory and applied fundamentals of ophthalmology and vision science. Daily lectures. Laboratory sessions include optics, orbital anatomy, pathology, and Phacoemulsification wet Lab. Elements stressed include visual optics; genetics; microbiology; epidemiology; anatomy; pathology, pharmacology; ocular inflammation; glaucoma; neuro-ophthalmology; testing and imaging modalities; refractive surgery and contact lens; ocular motility, strabismus and amblyopia; disorders of the cornea and ocular surface, anterior segment and lens, pupil, retina and vitreous, optic nerve, eyelids and orbit. Medical students will spend one half day per week in Ophthalmology clinic with the Chief Resident and/or faculty, participating in examinations, watching surgery, and performing consultations.
Prereq: Pathology, Physiology, Embryology, Pharmacology.
Periods Avail: Period 1, full-time for 4 weeks, 30 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Contact Judy Roberts, 650-725-5572,
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Douglas Fredrick, M.D.
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Judy Roberts, Eye Institute at Stanford, 2452 Watson Court, Palo Alto, CA 94303-5353. 650-725-5572,

OPHT 398A. Elective in Ophthalmology (SUMC, PAVAMC, SCVMC)     Open to Visitors
Provides an opportunity for a student in the clinical years to have an individualized clinical experience in Ophthalmology. The quality and duration of the elective will be decided by both the student and a faculty preceptor in the Department of Ophthalmology. Please note: Students cannot add 398A clerkships directly to their fishbowl schedules through the regular shuffles. Please contact Caroline Cheang in the Office of Student Services at or 650-498-7619 with the faculty preceptor’s name and email address to add this clerkship.
Prereq: Ophthalmology 300A or comparable; consent of Faculty Clinical Clerkship Coordinator and approval by Advisor.
Periods Avail: 1-12.
Reporting Instructions: Where: TBA (designated faculty preceptor); Time: TBA
Units: 1 to 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 2 (varies according to preceptor)
Director: Chris Engelman, M.D. & Deborah Alcorn, M.D.
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Clarissa Saluta (650-498-4242), Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, 2452 Watson Court, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)


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