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Eye Center

Eye Center

Medical Student Program

Medical Student Program

The UC Davis Eye Center is dedicated to providing outstanding instruction in both clinical ophthalmology and research to medical students.

We offer medical students the opportunity to work with highly skilled clinicians and surgeons, who are at the forefront of groundbreaking work in Ophthalmology.

Our elective rotations for third and fourth year students are:




OPT 442 Introduction to Ophthalmology

A two-week rotation -- Course includes a foundation in ocular disease diagnosis, medical and surgical management relevant to the clinical practice of medicine in all specialties, including  students who will enter the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.

OPT 465 Advanced Subspecialty Ophthalmology

A four-week rotation -- Prerequisite is that students should have met the surgical specialty clerkship requirements for fourth year students. This rotation provides more in-depth exposure to the practice of both comprehensive and subspecialties of ophthalmology in a tertiary care center, including neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, diseases of the cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, uveitis (inflammatory diseases of the eye), and retina. This rotation is open to all students and is also recommended for students planning to enter the field of ophthalmology.

OPT 499 Ophthalmology Research

Research in Ophthalmology -- Course duration will be determined. This rotation is 100% research, and must have the consent of the instructor. The rotation consists of individual research on selected topics in optics, visual psychophysics, clinical ophthalmology, or basic research relevant to ophthalmology.  This rotation is open to all students and is also recommended to students planning to enter the field of ophthalmology.

Orientation begins at the beginning of every two weeks. To enroll please contact Ms. VaShon Elmer at