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University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Ophthalmology


Ophthalmology Education




OP200 Introduction to Ophthalmology
Dr. Prithvi S. Sankar and staff

Students are required to participate in a one-week course in ophthalmology. The four principal goals of this one week clerkship are to aquaint students with:

  1. the major cause of severe vision loss in the U.S. and in the developing world
  2. major symptom complexes that present commonly to ophthalmologists and to non-ophthalmic physicians
  3. some of the major unsolved problems in ophthalmology and vision science
  4. a substantial number of full-time faculty members in order to encourage further interaction

The goals described above are accomplished through a series of didactic lectures, reading assignments, and observation in the eye clinics at the Scheie Eye Institute, the VA Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Several interactive sessions with students discussing case presentations with a faculty preceptor are also scheduled.