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Medical Student Programs

The expansion of our medical student and visiting resident programs continues New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai’s long tradition of excellence in education and patient care, by providing training to doctors at all levels of their professional development.

For more information regarding the various opportunities for medical students and residents listed here, please contact:

Priti Batta, M.D.
Director, Medical Student Education

Lisa Valentine
Coordinator, Medical Student Education

TEL: (212) 979-4495
FAX: (212) 979-4268
EMAIL: eyemedstudents@nyee.edu

Medical Student Ophthalmology Elective

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai offers a one-month elective to fourth year medical students throughout the United States. This popular and competitively sought after rotation allows participants hands-on experience in clinical ophthalmology through general clinics, sub-specialty clinics, and exposure to ophthalmic surgeries at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

The ophthalmology elective is geared toward students who are considering a career in ophthalmology. Core reading materials are supplied to each participant and a vast array of audiovisual materials are available to supplement the lecture series. The students are encouraged to attend all lectures and conferences, and observe surgery in the operating room. In clinic, the students will have the opportunity to work-up selected patients under the supervision residents and faculty. Goals of this elective include learning ocular anatomy, taking an ophthalmic history, performing the basics of the eye exam, and understanding key ophthalmic disorders and diseases. At the completion of the elective, an exam is given which covers core material. There is immediate grading and feedback, to maximize learning and allow the student to address any questions.

Visiting students are selected through Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) at https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/ on a first-come-first-serve basis.  EXCEPTIONS: Students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai should contact us directly (eyemedstudents@nyee.edu) to arrange an elective.  Students from New York Medical College can apply through their institution. 

In addition to the above four-week rotation for fourth-year medical students, a two-week elective is offered to third-year medical students ONLY from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and New York Medical College. 

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel Resident Ophthalmology Rotation

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary offers a specialty rotation in ophthalmology for residents of Mount Sinai Beth Israel in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. The focus of this rotation is on learning appropriate evaluation and management of ocular emergencies and conditions by the primary care provider. Visiting residents will have the opportunity to observe and evaluate patients in the urgent care and general clinic setting, attend lectures and grand rounds, and work with residents and faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology.

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International Medical Student Ophthalmology Elective

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary offers a one-month international clinical elective (November– May) for select students from countries outside the United States. The program focuses on enhancing knowledge in general ophthalmology and ophthalmic subspecialties. Participants receive hands-on experience in clinical ophthalmology through general clinics, sub-specialty clinics, and exposure to ophthalmic surgeries at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Core reading materials are supplied to each student and a vast array of audiovisual materials are available to supplement the lecture series. Participants are encouraged to attend all lectures and conferences, and observe surgery in the operating room. In clinic, the students will have the opportunity to work-up selected patients under the supervision residents and faculty. Goals of this elective include learning ocular anatomy, taking an ophthalmic history, performing the basics of the eye exam, and understanding key ophthalmic disorders and diseases. At the completion of the elective, an exam is given which covers core material. There is immediate grading and feedback, to maximize learning and allow the student to address any questions.

In order to participate in the international observership program, please review the following requirements and application process:

Our program is 4 weeks for students in their final year of medical school. The medical students requesting elective rotations require the following

New York states mandates that all visiting students from foreign schools obtain a letter of eligibility from the state

You must complete the entire application entirely, and have it SIGNED & SEALED by your school and Dean of the Medical School. ALL supporting documents and health information, must accompany the application. Application requests cannot be used as support for VISA applications.

You must be able to independently obtain a VISA to travel to the United States from your local US Department State Office.

Download application and regulations.

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International Observership Program

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary offers a one-month international clinical observership for select residents and physicians from countries outside the United States. The program focuses on enhancing knowledge in ophthalmic subspecialties including cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, pathology, pediatric ophthalmology and retina. Participants in the observer program are able to observe the activities of our department including clinics, surgery, scheduled conferences, and Grand Rounds. In addition observers have the opportunity to be involved in the extensive research program here at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

In order to participate in the international observership program, please contact our office to learn about the various preceptors available at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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