Medical Student Education at Duke Eye Center


About Duke Eye Center

Duke Eye Center is an internationally-renowned academic medical institution dedicated to curing eye disease worldwide though excellence in research, education, and patient care. Specializing in all areas of ophthalmology, it is a top ranked program by the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey since the survey began almost 30 years ago.

Our robust educational program includes an ophthalmology residency program, fellowship programs in all ophthalmology specialties, and ophthalmic education for the Duke University School of Medicine. We have a long-standing training program for Ophthalmic Technicians. Our newest addition is our recently established optometry residency in pediatrics. We also offer a host of continuing education programs for ophthalmology and optometry colleagues locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine

Ophthalmology is integrated throughout Duke’s innovative 4-year medical school curriculum. During the first year, students are exposed to the visual system, the basics of the eye exam, and causes of vision loss. Second year students can choose to spend 2 weeks exploring Ophthalmology during one of their 2-week Selective blocks. Third year students can spend their scholarly year working on a research project with our research scientists; this year includes clinical opportunities through the continuity clinic experience with our clinicians. During the fourth year, students can choose to spend 4 weeks in Ophthalmology for a 4-week Elective offered throughout the year. We also offer an 8-week lecture course in the winter, geared for students headed to residencies in Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine. Duke medical students also have an active Ophthalmology Interest Group with professional, social, and community service activities.

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Medical Student Education at Duke Eye Center

The Duke Eye Center welcomes medical students. In addition to the formal Selective, Elective, and 3rd Year Research Program, Duke medical students can be found shadowing our clinicians, working on clinical, translational, and basic science research projects with our scientists, and volunteering for community outreach opportunities and more. Visiting medical students can spend 4 weeks at the Duke Eye Center on a clinical elective.


Duke OPSD PRIME Pathway Summer Research Fellowship

Duke’s Office of Physician Scientist Development is offering in-depth summer research training experiences as part of the Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences (PRIME) pathway program for student from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds.  Participating medical students will pursue mentored training in one of three funded research programs in non-malignant Hematology (sickle cell disease, bleeding/clotting disorders), Ophthalmology, or Radiation Oncology. 

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Jullia Ann Rosdahl, MD, PhD

Course Director

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Crystal Wright
Administrative Coordinator