For Medical Students

Ophthalmology is one of 37 specialty profiles represented in the didactic and clinical experiences offered as part of the curriculum at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

It is during clinical electives that Brown medical students rotate on the ophthalmology service to expand their interest, medical knowledge base, and basic clinical skills. Students contemplating ophthalmology as a career are strongly encouraged to participate in other clinical electives and opportunities to interact with faculty members.

Since 1975, nearly 100 Brown Medical Students have successfully matched to ophthalmology residencies across the country, including some of the most competitive programs.

Under the current direction of Division Chief Michael E. Migliori, MD, FACS, Residency Program Director Kimberly V. Miller, MD, Associate Residency Program Director Wendy Chen, MD, and Medical Student Education Director Andrew Young, MD, MPH, the Division of Ophthalmology provides a broad educational experience for its residents and medical students and recognizes that the program's success depends as much on the quality of its residents and medical students as it does on the quality of the faculty.

Brown Ophthalmology Elective

Course Leader
Andrew Young, MD, MPH

Course Coordinator
Grace Gomes
contact: [email protected]

This elective provides an introduction to all aspects of medical and surgical ophthalmology at RIH or the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Time in the clinic and operating room will be supplemented by didactic conferences and the opportunity to use the virtual eye surgery simulator (PVAMC elective only).

Learning objectives
Throughout this elective, students will learn how to obtain a specialty-specific history from a patient, perform a specialty-specific physical examination on a patient, effectively work in a team setting with residents, attending physicians and other health professionals, recognize patients requiring urgent or emergent care, initiate evaluation and treatment and seek help, and become familiar with the most common diagnostic testing modalities in ophthalmology.