IU School of Medicine



The elective's primary objective is for the student to feel comfortable examining the eye and recognizing various ocular disorders. The student will spend time in a private ophthalmology practice covering the following areas: glaucoma, strabismus, cornea/external diseases, laser surgery, retinal diseases, anterior segment diseases as well as pediatric eye disorders. Exposure to surgery is available if desired. Reading material is assigned.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Bruce Schwartz, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Memorial Hospital (South Bend)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a complete eye examination that includes ophthalmic history, visual acuity testing, pupillary examination including checking for afferent pupillary defect, eye movement testing, confrontational visual field testing, using slit-lamp to examine anterior segment of the eye, intraocular pressure measurement with tonopen, fundus examination using direct ophthalmoscope (PC5)
  • 2) Describe the pathophysiology of common eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract and age-related macular degeneration (MK3)
  • 3) Explain indications for using of ophthalmic diagnostic tests, such as automated visual field examination, fundus photography and retinal angiography, optical coherent tomogram, and ocular ultrasonography (PC3)
  • 4) Describe the management/treatment principals of: Amblyopia detection, prevention and treatment; Glaucoma detection and treatment; Evaluation and treatment of 'red' eye; Initial evaluation and management of ocular trauma; Detection, natural history and treatment of diabetic retinopathy; Differential diagnosis of acute loss of vision; The goals of surgical intervention for various ophthalmic diseases (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The assessment methods include faculty observation of history and physical exams. Students will be asked to give oral presentations on the pathophysiology of common eye diseases and appropriate assessment and plans. The assessment will be conducted by the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical; 20% Library/Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator. Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None