Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Clinical Skills Elective

The Department of Ophthalmology offers a unique ophthalmic elective experience to Queen's Medical Students who will not be CaRMS Ophthalmology candidates, but who are seeking further exposure to Ophthalmology,

These electives are designed for Queen's medical students who are interested in developing their ophthalmic skills, but plan to go on to do further training in another field. For example: Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Internal Medicine, among others.

Clinical Skills elective students are introduce to the Emergency Eye Clinic and other General Ophthalmology clinics where they have the opportunity to encounter a variety of ophthalmic situtations. These elective students have the opportunity to see the patient directly folllowing the ophthalmologist, which allows students the opportunity to become profificent in ocular history taking and examination techniques.

Important Information for All Students:
We accept a maximum of two students per week for ophthalmology electives.  Students are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications are accepted up to 9 months in advance for Queen's Medical Students. 

Black-out period 
During the last two 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 for courses, new incoming residents, and faculty vacation. 

How to Obtain an Ophthalmology Clinical Skills Elective:

1. Contact the Ophthalmology Undergraduate Assistant, Kaitlyn Caird, by email at to inquire about the availability of the dates you are interested in joining our department.

2. Enter your elective dates into MedTech.

3. You will be contacted by email just prior to your elective by the Undergraduate Program Assistant, Kaitlyn Caird, on behalf of  Dr. Jim Farmer, to begin preparing for your elective.

4. In the event you are unable to attend your scheduled elective, please notify Kaitlyn Caird at