IU School of Medicine



Students will spend time with residents, fellows and faculty members in general ophthalmology and other subspecialty services including glaucoma, cornea and external disease, oculoplastics, pediatric and strabismus surgery and retina. Reading materials will be on loan to the student during the rotation. Didactic lectures and case studies are also available to the student through the department website. Students are required to attend department grand rounds and to give one case presentation in a grand round. At the end of the rotation, students are required to take a final examination that composes of part multiple choice questions and ten case studies. Students are also tested on their direct ophthalmoscope skills with unknowns using a simulator.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Chi Wah (Rudy) Yung, MD (ryung@iupui.edu)

Director: Chi Wah (Rudy) Yung, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, IU Health University Hospital, Roudebush VA Medical Center,Eskenazi Health Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a complete eye examination that includes ocular 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) Explain the pathophysiology of common eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract and age-related macular degeneration) (MK3)
  • 3) Describe indications of use of ophthalmic diagnostic tests such as automated visual field examination, fundus photography and retinal angiography, optical coherent tomogram, and ocular ultrasonography) (PC3)
  • 4) Explain management/treatment principals of: a) Amblyopia detection, prevention and treatment b) Glaucoma detection and treatment c) Evaluation and treatment of 'red' eye d) Initial evaluation and management of ocular trauma e) Detection, natural history and treatment of diabetic retinopathy f) Differential diagnosis of acute loss of vision g) Surgical intervention for various ophthalmic diseases (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; Written Final Exam; Unknowns with direct ophthalmoscopy).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture and Conference

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Chi Wah (Rudy) Yung, MD (ryung@iupui.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None