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Medical Students

Ophthalmology Electives

UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology offers an elective to introduce fourth-year medical students to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders as well as to the subspecialties of retina, glaucoma, pediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology, occuloplastics and cornea.

This course is available to UC Irvine School of Medicine students as well as to applicants from medical schools in the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

Medical students who have completed the introductory course may also work with individual subspecialty faculty members by special arrangement.

A second elective enables students to work with faculty members on research projects. This course is available to UC Irvine medical students only.

For more information about the ophthalmology electives, go to the course handbook.

Application information

UC Irvine medical students, please email Medical Education or call 714.456.5176 to make an appointment.

U.S. and Canadian students must apply through the Visiting Students Application Service (VSAS). To schedule an elective, go to the VSAS site.  

International applicants should email Medical Education or call 714.456.5176 to determine eligibility and schedule electives. For more information, go to the Medical Education Web site.

Ophthalmology Rotation

Once you have confirmed your rotation, review the elective packet, which includes information regarding the rotation. This curriculum is designed to introduce you to the specialty of ophthalmology, which involves the recognition, diagnosis and management of diseases of the eye and adnexa.