Ophthalmology education in the undergraduate medical curriculum has declined, and graduating healthcare professionals express discomfort with basic evaluation and management of ophthalmic complaints. With the growing aging population, ophthalmic needs will continue to rise, underscoring the need for increased eye care. This article offers 12 tips for increasing undergraduate ophthalmic education, which can be implemented strategically within limited established curricular time, or in novel ways outside the traditional curriculum. Within the curriculum, existing ophthalmology sessions can be enhanced through use of simulation technology and partnership with ophthalmology faculty. Additional curricular time can be justified through needs assessments and alignment of content with other disciplines, and ophthalmology content on licensing examinations. Finally, ophthalmology can be reinforced in service-based initiatives and through use of online resources and social media.
- medical student
- undergraduate medical education