Medical Students

Welcome to the medical student page through University Hospitals Eye Institute. The following information will help you navigate through various ophthalmology-related medical school experiences, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University.

Visiting Medical Student Program

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences provides clinical electives and acting internships for medical students in their final year of medical school from the United States as well as approved international medical schools. However, medical students at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are given first priority for all rotations.

Non-Case Western Reserve University students may participate in electives and acting internships only if space is available. Only students who are in good standing in their own medical schools will be accepted.

Visiting medical students wishing to take an elective at Case Western Reserve University may learn more on

Medical Student Rotation Timeframes

1 - 4 weeks. Rotations are done at UH main campus, satellite offices and (surgery centers as observers).

  • One-week students are usually doing their surgery rotation
  • Two-week students are doing clinic and/or surgery rotation for each week.
  • Three-week students - it is very rare for us to have these; students doing three weeks usually want to add another week to the rotation.
  • Four-week students rotate to a different specialty each of the first three weeks (UH Consults, VA Medical Center and Pediatrics). During the fourth week they have the choice of working with one special physician or more during that week. They also spend a mandatory full day or two half-days in clinic with Linda Ohsie-Bajor, MD, student director, and gives a presentation at the end of their four weeks per Case Western Reserve University guidelines.

Students are emailed the ophthalmology guidelines for the elective when doing a four-week rotation. Students also have a choice to observe surgeries if they choose to do so by contacting the Chief Residents for scheduled OR time.

Linda Ohsie-Bajor, MD, the director, spends a day of clinic with students and gives the final evaluation/grade for the students with feedback from the Attendings and residents. Marilyn Taylor, MEd coordinates and manages the student rotations.

Ophthalmology Weekly Student Rotation

Student 1 rotation

  • 1st week - UH consults
  • 2nd week - Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • 3rd week - Pediatrics
  • 4th week - Physician of choice

Student 2 rotation

  • 1st week - VA Medical Center
  • 2nd week - Pediatrics
  • 3rd week - UH
  • 4th week - Physician of choice

Student 3 rotation

  • 1st week - Pediatrics
  • 2nd week - UH
  • 3rd week - VA Medical Center
  • 4th week - Physician of choice

Student 4 rotation

If open slot - back to Student 1 rotation

Department Medical Specialties

  • Comprehensive ophthalmology
  • Cornea
  • Refractive surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic photography
  • Ophthalmic plastics & reconstructive surgery
  • Optometry - contact lens - low vision
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Adult strabismus
  • Retina/vitreous
  • Eye research

Eye Diseases students may see in clinic situations.

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Cataracts
  • Ocular surface problems such as dry eye
  • Crossed eyes (strabismus)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Fuchs' dystrophy
  • Herpes keratitis and keratoconus
  • Macular degeneration
  • Pink eye
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