Detroit ophthalmology

outpatient experience in ophthalmology

Specialty: Ophthalmology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 26


Where will the rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Toledo, Ohio, approximately 60 miles south of downtown Detroit. Because the doctor visits multiple locations, a vehicle is recommended. 

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM in the office; Wednesday 8 AM to 3 PM observing surgeries/procedures. 

Hours have been provided by the preceptor. Hours are subject to change at the preceptor’s discretion, but the minimum total hours will remain approximately the same.

What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified ophthalmologist who has subspecialized in retinal disease. He holds staff appointments at University of Toledo and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.


After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that due to the specialized nature of this practice, there will be larger observation component to this clinical experience). This includes the following:

  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You will teach other team members.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Please note that this a purely clinical experience.

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking experience or careers in ophthalmology.

Will a letter of recommendation be offered: Yes, assuming that the IMG meets the expectations of the rotation. Dr. Desai will provide the physician with guidelines which will improve the quality of the letter. In some cases, the preceptor may ask the rotator to write a letter of recommendation draft. 

​During the rotation: Our team will be checking in periodically with you to ensure that you are having an optimal experience. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions during the rotation.

Wondering how to do well during your ophthalmology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's article - How to Succeed in Your Ophthalmology Rotation 

Listen to Dr. Desai's Interview with Sudip Thakar Who Recently Matched into Ophthalmology at Northwestern University

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