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OPHT 300E. Ophthalmology Clerkship (VAPAHCS Livermore Division)

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Does the thought of evaluating diplopia, eye pain, or vision loss in a patient give you palpitations? This is the rotation for you. Offers a hands on, comprehensive experience focused on sharpening clinical eye examination skills and rationally evaluating ophthalmic conditions and problems. Students will examine patients with a variety of common and uncommon eye conditions, teach patients about their eye diseases, and learn to recognize situations that warrant referral to an ophthalmologist. Learning is enhanced through digital imaging techniques based on anterior and posterior segment ocular visualization, as well as newer modalities such as optical coherence tomography. Location is in lovely wine country in Livermore, with a cottage available for lodging, so your commute is to walk across the driveway, avoiding the wild turkeys. In addition to educational materials supplied during the rotation, students can also access Vaughan & Asbury's General Ophthalmology 16th Edition, by Paul Riordan-Eva and John P. Whitcher, online at, then click on "Students" and then "" and then "Ophthalmology." Directions from Stanford: Take 84 across the Dumbarton bridge and continue straight on Decoto Rd. Turn right on Alvarado-Niles, left on Nursery Ave, right on Mission Blvd. Make a left on Niles Canyon Rd (highway 84) and follow the signs to Livermore. Stay on 84 and make a right at Wetmore (the road past E. Vineyard), then a right at Arroyo. Continue up Arroyo into the hills; you'll see the white hospital in the distance on your right, 4951 Arroyo Rd. Total drive time is approximately one hour. Weekly schedule, Bldg 62: Monday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, work with community ophthalmologists or VA staff. Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, work with VA ophthalmologists, usually at VA Palo Alto. Wednesday: 8:00 am, Palo Alto VA surgery suite #4 for surgery, followed by Livermore clinic 1 pm. Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Livermore clinic with Dr. Goldschmidt. A short presentation on a topic of the student’s choice is requested at the end of the rotation. Phone numbers: Call locally to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System Livermore Division at 925-373-4700, press 3 for Livermore Division, and enter extension 35116, for making arrangements to stay at the cottage.

One core clerkship.

Periods Available
2B, 3B-12, full-time for 2 weeks only. 1 student per period.

Reporting Instructions:
Where: VAPAHCS, Livermore Division, 4951 Arroyo Road (11), Livermore; Time: 8:30 a.m.

Units 3       Drop Code T       Call Code 0

Leonard Goldschmidt, M.D., Ph.D.

Other Faculty

Leonard Goldschmidt, M.D., Ph.D. (925-373-4700 x35106), 4951 Arroyo Road (11), Livermore, CA 94550.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)


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