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At the University of Ottawa, second year medical students have one week of ophthalmology through the Special Senses block. Medical students will experience a combination of didactic lectures and case-based learning sessions delivered by ophthalmologists and residents. There is also an opportunity for students to come to the Eye Institute for a hands-on skills session to learn to use the slit-lamp and perform a complete ophthalmic examination.


You may also have the opportunity to visit the program through observerships during preclerkship! Please see observerships below, or message Ginette Snook ( for more information.



Clerks at the University of Ottawa can visit the program by doing a 1 or 2-week clinical ophthalmology elective. This rotation is available to 3rd and 4th year medical students. Activities will be held at the Eye Institute, The Ottawa Hospital, General or Riverside Campus, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.


The student will be engaged in a well-rounded clinical experience involving general ophthalmology and sub-specialties of cornea/external disease, retina/vitreous, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology. Grand rounds are held Wednesday mornings and discussion on difficult cases, and subspecialty curriculum occurs many mornings during the week. The student will attend all the out-patient clinics and examine patients according to his/her ability, with supervision by staff and residents. One of the key features of this rotation is being involved in the Emergency Eye Clinic and being able to work with many staff and residents to see a wide variety of pathology. At the end of the rotation, the student should feel comfortable performing a detailed eye examination, and be able to recognize common ocular conditions. The student is not asked to participate in surgery but may observe. There will be no night duty as on-call is the duty of the residents.


You can register for these electives through the AFMC portal. Please message Ginette Snook ( for any questions.


Visiting electives:

Please note that visiting electives for clerkship students are managed through the AFMC portal. Visit AFMC portal for updates and further details, or you can visit uOttawa Visiting Students webpage.



Observership requests:

Observership requests for pre-clerks, clerks, and other medical professionals can be submitted to Ginette Snook (, the Departmental Education Program Coordinator. Applications for observerships must include the following in order to be considered, along with availability within the department.

  • Confirmation of licensure (physician) or Letter of good standing confirming registration from a recognized training program (medical student, resident, physician assistants trainees)
  • Updated CV
  • Immunizations:
  • Tuberculin skin testing
  • MMR immunity
  • Varicella immunity
  • Pertussis
  • Dates for observership period availability must be confirmed with the Department of Ophthalmology
  • Processing fee of $100.00 (CAD) (payable to: Medical Affairs – The Ottawa Hospital, 1053 Carling Avenue, Box 623, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4E9) this can also be done with an IBAN number. (where applicable)

Once all of these documents and payment are received, these will be forwarded to the Ottawa Hospital Medical Affairs office for review (Approval/Declined).


Residents visiting electives:

We welcome residents from other training programs across the country and internationally! Please see the Postgraduate Medical Education Electives page for more details on the current situation and how to apply.

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