The Department of Ophthalmology offers clerkship electives for prospective Ophthalmology CaRMS Canadiates in the last two year of their medical training. These electives serve as a great opportunity for those interested in an Ophthalmology Residency to familarize themselves with our department. These electives are only available for Canadian (CMG Stream) Medical Students.
CaRMS Electives allow both Queen's students, as well as medical students from other Canadian universities, the opportunity to explore our various subspecialty and general clinics. Medical Students experience what being a Queen's Ophthalmology Resident is like, while interacting with our faculty, support staff, and residents.
Please note: We cannot accomodate requests to work with only specfic preceptors. The goal of our elective opportunities is give to students a well rounded experience working in all our sub-specialiieis with a variety of faculty members and residents.
A well-rounded elective is also in the student's best interest should they choose to apply to Queen's through CaRMS. All residents and faculty members are part of the file review and interview process. This means the more individuals that have worked with you, the more people who can attest to your abilities. However, if there is a pariticular doctor or subspeciality of interest, please don't hesistate to let us know. Although it may not be possible, we certainly try our best to accomodate particular interests while still providing a well-rounded experience.
Important Information for All Students
The Department accepts up to two students per week for a maximum of two weeks per elective. Electives are approved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Queen's University students are accepted up to 11 months in advance, while students from other Canadian universities are accepted up to 6 months in advance. Applications must be submitted a minimum of 4 months in advance to allow for necessary credentialing.
During the last 2 weeks of June, as well as the entire months of July and August, the Department does not accept any elective students. This period is a less than optimal elective opportunity due to COS preparation, residents being away on courses, new incoming residents, and faculty vacation.
How to Setup an Elective in the Ophthalmolgy Department
Queen's University Medical Students
Visiting Canadian Non-Queen's Medical Students