SURG661HM.01 (Reno)

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Ophthalmology
  • Short Name: SURG661HM.01 Ophthalmology
  • Course Number: SURG661HM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Preceptor: Department Faculty

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Describe the anatomy of the eye and eyelid, describe a normal eye exam
  • Discuss types of glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment
  • Understand the impact of impaired sight on patient and their families
  • Know proper technique for installation of eyedrops
  • Know proper technique for eversion of the eyelid and removal of foreign bodies
  • Elicit, record and present focused history and eye findings of assigned patients to preceptors

Description of Rotation

This elective is a two-week course to allow students to gain a broader understanding and exposure to ophthalmology. Students learn to provide primary eye care and should be able to measure and record visual acuity, evaluate a red or traumatized eye, detect abnormal eye movements and pupillary responses, perform direct ophthalmoscopy to detect abnormalities of the optic disc and posterior ocular fundus, and initiate appropriate management and/or physician referral. There are components of the course that occur in an outpatient setting as well as observation of several different kinds of ophthalmologic procedures in the operating room.


  • Kanski's clinical ophthalmology: a systematic approach. Edinburgh: Esevier. 9th edition.
  • Newell. Opthalmology: Principles and Concepts.
  • Suanders Basic Ophthalmology, 8th edition.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

Evaluation Method

An oral examination and a written evaluation by the faculty preceptor.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Please contact the department to verify elective availability. Availability is extremely limited.