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Ophthalmology Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Interest Group meets quarterly each year and has been formed to:

  • Stimulate medical students’ interest in the field of ophthalmology
  • Facilitate clinical and research opportunities in ophthalmology for medical students by promoting communication between members and faculty
  • Provide guidance to students interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology
  • Provide Ophthalmology related volunteer opportunities for students through activities such as LionCare, the Bethesda Mission project and vision screenings for the medically underserved
  • Encourage attendance at and participation in Penn State Eye Center’s educational activities
  • Increase student knowledge of the practice of ophthalmology through lectures given by faculty at the group’s quarterly meetings
  • Allow students to participate in interactive sessions which utilize hands-on skills training



Externship information for any medical school can be found by searching the school’s name and selecting educational opportunities for medical students in ophthalmology on the school’s website. Listed below are a few of the programs recently attended by Penn State College of Medicine students:

Global Ophthalmology

Penn State Ophthalmology, partnering with Eastern Regional Hospital Eye Center in Koforidua, Ghana, offers an invaluable opportunity for students interested in both ophthalmology and global health. Students will first apply for the Penn State Global Health Scholars Program and choose the Ghana site. During their first year, they will briefly rotate in the Eastern Regional Hospital Eye center where they will learn ophthalmological concepts and practices in both the clinic and surgical settings. Fourth-year students will have the opportunity to complete a four-week rotation there. Direct questions to Ian Hidinger at