Medical Student Electives

We are proud to offer a comprehensive ophthalmology elective for Weill Cornell Medical College students and medical students from other institutions. This elective is available year-round in either two- or four-week increments. Third- and fourth-year students are also able to participate in a full range of Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) ophthalmology activities through electives including observation of and/or participation in comprehensive, corneal, retinal, pediatric, oculoplastic, oncological, neuro-ophthalmological and glaucoma services, main and minor operating suites and clinical research projects. Emphasis is placed on basic medical and clinical ophthalmology, slit-lamp and indirect ophthalmoscopy exams and basic refraction. All rotating students are expected to attend weekly didactic conferences, including grand rounds. At the conclusion of four-week rotation, each student is expected to deliver a 20-minute presentation concerning a topic of their choice.

Weill Cornell Medical College Students

Elective course scheduling is accomplished through the Learn System, or through agreement with an appropriate faculty sponsor in the case of research electives, teaching or independent electives.

More information is available in the Elective Course Catalog.

Independent Electives

Independent electives are “customized” on-campus electives proposed by students that require sponsorship from WCM faculty.

Non-Cornell Visiting Students

Non-Cornell visiting students must apply through the Visiting Student Application System (VSAS).

International Students

Students from international medical schools who are interested in completing a WCM clinical elective must apply through WCM Global Health Education. Questions regarding electives and/or the application process can be addressed to