Fourth Year Curriculum

During the fourth year, interns are assigned to clinical externship training sites for two semesters and an inhouse rotation for one semester.

4th Professional Year; 60 credit hours

Summer Semester

CRN

Course Title

Credit Hrs.

OPT401

Clinical Externship - or -

20.0

OPT400

Clinical Intern

19.0

OPT409

Comprehensive Clinical Management I

1.0*

 

Total Credits

20.0

 

Fall Semester

CRN

Course Title

Credit Hrs.

OPT411

Clinical Externship - or -

20.0

OPT410

Clinical Intern

19.0

OPT419

Comprehensive Clinical Management II

1.0*

 

Total Credits

20.0

 

Spring Semester

CRN

Course Title

Credit Hrs.

OPT421

Clinical Externship - or -

20.0

OPT420

Clinical Intern

19.0

OPT429

Comprehensive Clinical Management III

1.0*

 

Total Credits

20.0

*Comprehensive Clinical Management (409, 419, 429) series will offer one section each semester

During the fourth year, interns are assigned to clinical externship training sites for two semesters and the UIWRSO internal clinical network for one semester. The fourth-year rotations within the UIWRSO clinic network include direct supervised patient care in the Cornea and Contact Lens, Ocular Health, Peri-Operative, Low Vision and Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy, Visual Neurophysiology, and Adult Care Services.

The Externship Program is designed to broaden and enhance the student's diagnostic, treatment and management experience of ocular and visual conditions. Clinical experiences in private practice, referral centers, ophthalmology/co-management centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, Department of Defense hospitals and other hospital-based facilities are available. Participation with Doctors of Optometry and other professionals in comprehensive patient care are emphasized. Case conferences and grand round experiences may be assigned. Case presentations, evidence-based research on clinical conditions, and ongoing enhancement of examination skill proficiency as assigned by externship faculty constitutes an important component of this clinical experience.