Medical Students

Medical Student Timeline

Medical School Focus on grades   Focus on Grades and
USMLE Step 1
Focus on Clinical Rotations
Clinical Shadow in Clinic/OR  Shadow in Clinic/OR    2 week opthalmology rotation 
Research Set up research opportunity  STAR program or independent research     

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Elective Courses

  • Ophthalmology Outpatient & Inpatient (401)
  • Ophthalmology Specialty Rotation (403)
  • Ophthalmology Research (401)

Research Opportunities

STAR program

(Student Training in Approaches to Research)

The department of ophthalmology offers research opportunities in many facets of ophthalmic research and welcomes participation from medical students. The STAR program is an integral aspect of the educational objectives of the department and is a valuable learning experience. Students have the option to participate in ongoing clinical or laboratory base research studies. However, incoming students are encouraged to identify a departmental research mentor and develop their own research interest in accordance with guidance from an established investigator.

Research mentors in the department available to discuss potential studies include the following:

First year medical students interested in the STAR program are strongly encouraged to contact a research mentor no later than October 31 of the first school year. Deadline for the complete STAR application is December 15

Richard A. Perritt Student Summer Research Award

Every year, the department of Ophthalomology provides internal funding for (1) ophthalmic research project. 

Year Awardee
2021 Anjali Ferris

Scholarship Opportunities

Zale Academic Scholarship Award

First-year students who were awarded with STAR scholar funding are eligible to apply for the Zale Academic Scholarship in Ophthalmology. 

Year Awardee


Karolina Truszkowska
Chelsea Yim
Abhishek Ramini


Samantha Diulus
Anjali Ferris


Puja Brahmbhatt
Ashley Wang
Mark Solinski


Vivian (Ji In) Choi
Johanna Santa Maria
Cindy Cruz Alvarez


Paul De Bustros

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas STAMM Ophthamology Award

Every year, the department of Ophthalmology selects one fourth-year student for the generous Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stamm Ophthalmology Award. 


Alexis Stefaniak


Paul De Bustros


Sarah Griffin


Clayton Kirk


William Gange


Andrew Pittner


Olga Lekakh


Tatyana Spector


Derek Horkey


Marie Brenner