VA Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

(6 months preference)

Eye Clinic
10 North Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 605-7230

Externship Supervisor
Anthony B. Litwak, OD

Additional Faculty
Sheila Anderson, OD
Rex A. Ballinger, OD
Kelliann Dignam, OD
Andrew Doyle, OD  
Peter A. Lalle, OD  
Raheela Shah, OD

Program Description
The Baltimore VA Medical Center offers student externship rotations to 4th year optometry students who wish to gain experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.
This Hospital-based program is conducted at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Loch Raven Out-patient Clinic and Glen Burnie out-patient clinic.

The Baltimore VA Medical Center is the one of the  busiest VA eye clinic in the country.  Most patients have multiple, complex ocular and systemic conditions.  The staff doctors expect the student externs to be highly motivated to work through a busy clinic schedule and to spend extra time outside of clinic to improve academic knowledge.  This rotation is challenging however, the rewards are plentiful to motivated students.

State of the Art facility at the Baltimore VA Clinic opened in the fall of 1993.  There are nine completely equipped examination rooms, Goldman and Humphrey’s perimeters, auto refractor and lensometer, pachometer, Ultrasound, fundus and anterior Imagenet System Segment Camera, video equipment, laser, PAM, slide library, GDX and Cirrus OCT.  Literature searches along with library facilities are available at both hospitals. 


Not provided

Equipment Required


External Rotations

Yes (see below)

External Rotations
Six-month rotations are available.

Extern Responsibilities

  • Attending daily didactic lectures and special guest lecturers at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Friday afternoon conference at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. 
  • Direct patient care, including the management of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal occlusive disease, anterior segment disease and neuro-ocular disease. 
  • Pre- and postoperative care of cataract, epikeratophakia, penetrating keratoplasty, vitrectomy fundus and anterior segment photography, Goldman and Humphrey’s automated perimetry, pachometry, Cirrus OCT and GDX. 
  • Observation of ophthalmic surgeries and laser surgeries.
  • The opportunity to work with other hospital divisions in the complete management of the patient.
  • Research and library time to pursue a field of interest.

Four full-time optometrists, five optometry residents, six optometry students, one part-time ophthalmologist, one full-time ophthalmology resident, two technicians and one secretary.

Additional Requirements
Car needed.


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