CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Acad Ophthalmol 2018; 10(01): e23-e31
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1631880
Research Article
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Evaluation of an Ophthalmology Session for Third-Year Medical Students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Judas Z. Kelley
1  University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado
Jasleen K. Singh
2  Department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
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Funding Funding was provided by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Enhancing Education Grant.
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Publication History

05 June 2017

08 January 2018

Publication Date:
16 February 2018 (online)



Background Medical school ophthalmology education continues to be marginalized, creating the challenge of teaching students how to adequately diagnose and manage common ocular diseases in a limited time.

Objective This study aimed to improve the ophthalmic medical knowledge and clinical skills of third-year medical students.

Methods This curriculum was provided to 76 out of 124 third-year medical students in the 2016 class at the University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine program. It was a half-day session that incorporated lectures, problem-based cases, and clinical skills. Participating students were given a self-reflection survey on their knowledge at the beginning and end of the session. Participating students were given a pre-test and post-test 6 months later via SurveyMonkey. Another quiz was given to all students within the class. Comparisons of pre- and post-tests, pre- and post-surveys, and quiz results in the participating and nonparticipating groups were made.

Results Participating students' mean pre-test score was 61.8% (n = 76) and post-test score was 72.3% (n = 47), p < 0.01, indicating a significant increase in knowledge. There was an increase in 2 points on the Likert scale of understanding in ophthalmology between surveys. Participating students received a quiz mean score of 61.2%, which was significantly higher than those in the nonparticipating group (54.3%), p < 0.05.

Conclusion This session improved medical students' confidence and medical knowledge in ophthalmology.


This program evaluation was also presented as a poster at the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on January 29, 2016.