Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Core Curriculum

Our goal in the Core Undergraduate Ophthalmology Curriculum at Queen's is to provide a solid foundation in Ophthalmology to each medical student. The knowledge gained through the Undergraduate Curriculum will allow the students to take an appropriate ophthalmic history and perform an accurate primary care ophthalmic examination.

This will allow each student the ability to diagnose and appropriately manage emergent and common ophthalmic conditions, as well as to properly triage other ocular diseases.

The core undergraduate curriculum includes: 

1. Phase I - Introduction to Clinical Skills 
2. Phase IIB – Didactic Lectures 
3. Phase IIB - Expanded Clinical Skills Fair 
4. Phase IIC - Advanced Clinical Skills 
5. Clerkship - Surgery Lecture
1. Phase I – Introduction to Ophthalmology Clinical Skills

This portion of the Undergraduate Program takes place in the fall of first year during the Introduction to Clinical Skills in Term I. It involves a one-hour didactic lecture and a two-hour session in several small groups. It is designed to introduce you to the clinical skills necessary to perform a basic ophthalmic examination, including using the ophthalmoscope.  

2. Phase IIB – Classroom Sessions

This portion of the curriculum involves five, 3-hour interactive morning sessions taught by the various general and subspecialty ophthalmologists from the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen's.

These sessions will cover a variety of topics pertinent to the provision of primary eye care. These lectures are based on LMCC objectives pertinent to ophthalmology [Pupils, Strabismus and Amblyopia, Diplopia, Eye Redness, Acute Vision Loss and Chronic Vision Loss].  These topics are covered in the recommended textbook: 'Basic Ophthalmology for Medical Students and Primary Care Residents, 8th edition' by C. Bradford (ISBN 1-56055-361-8).

3. Phase IIB - Expanded Clinical Skills Fair in Ophthalmology

We host the Ophthalmology Expanded Clinical Skills Fair in May. It usually takes place on the Friday afternoon, during the week of Ophthalmology classroom teaching.  The session will takes place at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  The Clinical Skills Fair will start at 1:00 pm on Johnson 6 at the Eye Centre.

Overview of the Afternoon 
The afternoon begins with students registering for the afternoon at 1:00 pm in the Eye Clinic.  At 1:10 pm, students separate into their assigned groups and rooms.  At 1:15 pm, the Clinical Skills Fair begins.

STATION 1 - Vision and pupils 
Useful links: Select RAPD, then on new screen, scroll down and select the appropriate link to play the video.

STATION 2 - Intraocular pressure and visual fields 
Useful links:,,  Follow 'animations', 'neuroophthal', 'visual field defects'

STATION 3 - Anterior segment and slit-lamp skills 
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STATION 4 - Posterior segment and ophthalmoscopy skills 
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STATION 5 - Extraocular movements and screening children 
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STATION 6 - Trauma and ocular emergencies 
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4. Phase IIC - Advanced Clinical Skills

This portion of the Undergraduate curriculum in Ophthalmology will provide students with the opportunity to examine patients with ophthalmic diseases using the knowledge and skills gained so far in the curriculum.  These sessions will take place at the Hotel Dieu Hospital were the class will be divided into small groups.

5. Clerkship - Perioperative Rotation
During your perioperative rotation in clerkship, we will provide a one-hour didactic session to cover some Ophthalmology Highlights. 
Clinical Half Day
During the Emergency Medicine rotation, you will be assigned to spend one half day in the Ophthalmology Department.  This half day is intended to provide you an opportunity to see patients with ocular problems on your own, and to give you an opportunity to practice essential ophthalmic examination skills: taking vision, examining pupils, and using your ophthalscope.  It will also provide another opportunity to use the slit lamp.