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Preclinical Years

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The preclinical years of medical school are important for students considering a career in Ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology residency programs value involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, and research. 

The preclinical years are an excellent time to build these credentials

3 ways to Build your Credentials in Ophthalmology as a Preclinical Student

  • Shadow an ophthalmologist. According to Dr. Andrew Lee, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at The Methodist Hospital, “shadowing both a private practice eye MD or an academic faculty member might allow the student an insider glimpse into the practice of ophthalmology, and can create a mentoring opportunity that could lead to an important and convincing letter of recommendation downstream.”

For more information on how to stand out in Ophthalmology as a preclinical student, turn to our book Success in Medical School: Insider Advice for the Preclinical Years