Introduction to Pediatric Ophthalmology

Sites: CHMC
Director(s): David Hunter, Katherine O'Donnell
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: CHMC - Children's Hosp Medical Center (7)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: Course OP503.M.7. Introduction to Pediatric Ophthalmology. This is an introductory course, requiring no prior experience in ophthalmology. The student, supervised by David G. Hunter, MD, PhD (Ophthalmologist in Chief at Children�s Hospital Boston), will observe the clinical and surgical practice of Dr. Hunter and most of the attending pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric optometrists, and orthoptists in the department. How is it possible to determine how well a baby can see, or whether a young child needs glasses or surgery? What do you do if a toddler refuses to participate in an eye exam? How do you evaluate a child who might be blind, and at the same time provide support for the concerned parent? How do you surgically align an eye or take a cataract out of a baby�s eye? The student will observe how experienced pediatric ophthalmologists deal with these concerns and solve these problems. Our department conducts over 20,000 patient visits every year, and the diversity of pathology presenting each year is unmatched anywhere in the world. We offer a weekly conference that includes critical reviews of manuscripts, a biweekly patient conference attended by the actual patients, the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a pediatric ocular pathology conference. There are occasional special lectures and journal clubs throughout the year. During the rotation the student will identify a case of interest and present that case during departmental rounds. By the end of the rotation, the student should have a solid understanding of basic conditions affecting the eyes of children, of the ocular consequences of systemic diseases, and of how a general practitioner can suspect and detect when these conditions are present.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Several faculty members are clinician-scientists actively involved in basic, clinical, and translational research, applying concepts from bench to bedside and participating in (and reviewing) clinical trials to help make treatment decisions.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Superior fund of knowledge, prepares in advance for clinic and surgery sessions, compassionate interaction with patients and families, works well with department staff, outstanding presentation demonstrating highest level of understanding of the topic. Honors: Good fund of knowledge, strong understanding of patient conditions in clinic and surgery, interacts well with patients and families, excellent presentation demonstrating good understanding of topic. Satisfactory: Understands basic concepts, listens and learns about individual patient conditions during clinic and surgery, good presentation demonstrating basic understanding of topic. Unsatisfactory: Does not plan ahead, difficulty retaining basic concepts once explained, not engaged in patient care, fair presentation at end of rotation.