IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 53IA710 — OPHTHALMOLOGY


The student will spend time in a private-practice clinical setting in Bloomington working one-on-one with two local Ophthalmologists. Time will be split between a retina specialist and an Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. The majority of time will be spent in direct patient care becoming proficient with examination tools and techniques and becoming familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of common Ophthalmic diseases. Opportunities for short-term research projects as well as didactic, and self-directed learning will be available.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu)

Director: F. Ryan Prall, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IUSM - Bloomington

Other Faculty: Matthew Fornefeld MD

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the etiology of common ophthalmic conditions (MK2)
  • 2) Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common ophthalmic conditions (MK4)
  • 3) Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the ophthalmic patient (PC3)
  • 4) Demonstrate proper techniques to evaluate pupils, the external eye, vision, and ocular motility (PC5)
  • 5) Become proficient in the use of a slit lamp, direct and indirect Ophthalmoscopy (PC1)
  • 6) Apply basic knowledge of the eye in the patient care setting (MK1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Students will be directly observed in the clinical setting by the supervising physician and knowledge assessment will be done through daily discussion of patients and current literature. A case presentation will be prepared for the end of the rotation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Library/Research; 5%Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu) Housing option in Bloomington could be available and provided.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None