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Handbook > Electives > Opthamology > Neuro-Opthamology Preceptorship

Electives - Ophthalmology


Neuro-Ophthalmology Preceptorship

Elective Number: 2004 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Steven A. Newman

Coordinator: Debbie Perry; OMS 2nd floor, Rm 2832, (434) 982-1696,
**Please Do Not Contact Dr. Newman**

Prerequisite: Completion of Ophthalmology Elective #2002

Available: Rotations 1, 2a, 3-8, 10-12 & 13a

Report to: Debbie Perry

Time to Report: 8:30 am

Place to Report: West complex room 2832

Typical day: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: Neuro-ophthalmology is a complex service correlating clinical information obtained through both a neurological examination and ophthalmologic study of patients with pathology affecting the visual pathways. Neuro-ophthalmology emphasizes the evaluation of physiologic systems and their pathologic dysfunction. Students taking the neuro-ophthalmology elective should be interested in learning more about the visual pathways and systems as well as the approach to patients with visual complaints that do not have an immediate ophthalmic cause.

Goals and Objectives:

Student should be able to outline a systemic approach to patients presenting with common ophthalmic complaints, including decreased vision, visual field defects, double vision, pupillary abnormalities, pain in and around the eye and globe position abnormalities.

Students should become familiar with the indications for more detailed workups and referral to other subspecialists and gain increasing familiarity with the specific forms of testing, both qualitative and quantitative, in the assessment of the visual pathways.

Opportunities exist for retrospective chart review of interesting pathologic conditions and students are encouraged to undertake self-designed projects with regard to neuro-ophthalmic disease processes.

Outside reading is encouraged and an opportunity will exist to interact with other subspecialties within ophthalmology.