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Ophthalmology Opportunities for Medical Students at UC San Diego


Ophthalmology Free Clinic: The UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project is one of the largest medical student free clinics in the country.

There is a dedicated ophthalmology clinic run and organized by UC San Diego medical students. The free clinic allows medical students to get hands-on exposure to ophthalmology staffed by volunteer ophthalmologists and residents.

Introduction to Ophthalmology: A preclinical elective for 1st and 2nd-year medical students. OPHTH 250 "Introduction to Ophthalmology" is available to get exposure to ophthalmology through shadowing in the clinic, operating room and participating in the free clinic.


Many faculty are engaged in cutting edge laboratory and clinical research in ophthalmology. Please contact individual faculty members for potential research projects.

Clinical Clerkship

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