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Wenzhou Medical University

School of Optometry and Ophthalmology
Eye Hospital
270 Xueyuan Rd
Wenzhou 325003,
Zhejiang, P.R. China
Wenzhou Medical University

Phone: +86-577-88824116 or +86-577-88067961
Fax: +86-577-88824115

Director of Program
Dr. Lu Fan
Vice President of Wenzhou Medical University, Dean
School of Optometry and Ophthalmology

Dr. Shen Lijun
Deputy Dean
School of Optometry and Ophthalmology

Additional Faculty
Dr. Xu Dan
International director
School of Optometry and Ophthalmology
Email: xudan0501@hotmail.com

All questions regarding the externship need to be directed to:
Dr. Jiang Qiuruo
Program coordinator
School of Optometry and Ophthalmology
Email: watergrass@126.com

Visa application:
Amy Lu
Email: fisk110@263.net

Program Description

Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) primary campus is located on the outskirts of the city center of Wenzhou. WMC was founded in 1958 and is currently a key provincial university funded by Zhejiang Provincial Government. WMC has 14 departments under the disciplines of medicine (main discipline), science, administration, liberal Arts, law, engineering and education. WMC awards 28 different Bachelor degree programs, 30 master degree programs including the seven-year degree program leading to a masters in Optometry and three doctorate degrees programs.

Dr. Tianrong Miao, a well known ophthalmologist in China, founded optometry research in 1976 allowing for the first intake of students to be enrolled two years later. The program evolved and grew and in 1988, the Department of Education in China, permitted the establishment of Ophthalmology & Optometry Department as a specialty of medicine. This is a unique situation in the world where optometry is considered a sub-specialty of medicine. WMU is the first medical department in China to establish and award optometry at the highest recognized level in China.

Additional Program Information

The site is the clinical training base for the National Optometry Center of Ministry of Public Health, identified as the leader in vision science research by the Ministry of Health P.R. China and the province. A faculty member from WMU has been elected the chairperson of the China Optometry Academy.

The clinic has expanded recently to include six additional floors of sub-specialty services in eyecare to its preexisting services. The clinic is well equipped with the latest and most advanced ophthalmic and surgical instruments and equipment. WMU has invested over half a million dollars in equipment. Some of the instruments available at the clinic include phoropters (Japan and France), confocal scanning laser retina angiography machine (Germany), fundus digital camera (Japan), Excimer Laser (Germany), multi-wave fundus laser (America), phacoemulsification machine (America and Germany), anterior YAG laser (America), automatic campimeter (America), multi-focal electrophysiology system (Germany and Poland), corneal topography (Japan and America), A/B scan (America and Germany), HRT glaucoma analyzer (Germany), Optical Coherence Tomography (Germany), and a wave-front aberration analyzer (Germany).

The hospital is a leader in advanced technology. This includes software and networks that can coordinate a combination of patient prescriptions together with other medical procedures, hospital expenses and finances. In addition, web consultations with patients and other doctors locally and internationally, long-distance digital diagnosis, intercommunication between patients and the hospital are available.

The hospital philosophy is to provide the best quality patient care. The entire medical staff and administration are compassionate and embrace efficacy, compassion and duty to society.

Based on statistics from 2009, approximately 700 patients are seen in the optometry and sub-specialty clinics per day. WMU attracts patients not only locally, but from throughout the region.

Some English version journals and text books are available in the library on campus.

Housing Not provided
Equipment Required Retinoscope, Direct ophthalmoscope, 90 D or 78 D or equivalent condensing lens, 20 D or equivalent condensing lens, Cover paddle with pin hole, Maddox rod, Trial frames, P.D. ruler, Near point cards with amsler, Penlight or transilluminator, Stereo vision, Color vision plates, If need be: adapters for voltage converters
External Rotations No


Student dormitory on campus
Single room (approx. 165 square feet which includes a  includes bathroom, TV, air-conditioning and telephone line). Cost: 3600 RMB for one rotation (three months). Cooking is not allowed in the  dormitory. There is a cafeteria is on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Participants will likely be assigned to the dormitory. If it is not available, an apartment will be assigned.

Hen He Nan Apartment
Three bedrooms with shared bathroom . One bedroom rent is 6,500 RMB for one rotation (three months). The apartment is a 10 minute walk to the hospital.

Hua Xin Yuan Apartment
Seven bedrooms with shared bathroom . One bedroom costs 4,500 RMB for three months. It is a 15 minute walk to the hospital.

Usually, SUNY Optometry students are accommodated in the Hua Xin Yuan Apartment.

Food and transportation

  • The eye hospital is at the entrance of campus; no transportation is needed from the dormitory to the hospital.
  • The average cost of food daily is approximately $10. Food is available in the campus cafeteria or off campus. There are many accessible eating places in Wenzhou.


  • To provide a multifold experience to the intern in his/her final year of the degree program at SUNY.
  • Work with in the primary care clinic to develop clinical skills in detecting with management and treatment options including surgery.
  • Be able to experience  ocular cases that are common within China.
  • Develop skills on using and interpreting findings on patients using the Optical Coherence Tomography, digital photography, Heidelberg etc.
  • Working along side specialists in optometry and ophthalmology. Gaining more experience in diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases with a deeper understanding and observation of surgical procedures at the Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University.
  • Participating in pre and post operative care and understanding/application of the therapeutic pharmaceutical management in the various sub-specialty services.
  • Participate with other interns in case presentation discussions.
  • Overall provide a multi-fold experience where interns can experience, develop sensitivities, to understand the cultural aspects of the country, understand the health care system in China

Some English-language journals and textbooks are available in the library on campus.

Extern Responsibilities

  • During your externship program you need to comply with the requirements at SUNY and WMU.  Note: Keeping up dated and accurate patient logs is required.  You need to provide WMU a copy in addition to SUNY Optometry.
  • You are expected to work five days per week for eight hours during the day. On occasion you will be assigned to work six days a week, however, you will be given a day off during another week to compensate for the additional time.
    Note: If you are assigned to the 24 hour emergency service practice, you will have one day break after the 24 hour emergency service.
  • Every month you will be assigned to one sub specialty clinic. At the end of each month, you will be evaluated by the doctor that has been working with you.
  • Primary Care sub specialty clinic will be mandatory. You will then rank order your preferences for the other sub specialty clinics. The administration will do their best to match you to your top preferences.

Options available for students in clinical rotation

Sub-specialty clinics Proposal time
Primary Care Required,
1 month
Vitreo-retinal Optional,
1 month
Cornea Optional,
1 month
Cataract Optional,
1 month
Glaucoma Optional,
1 month
  • Review the outline of what equipment you will need for the externship.  You are required to bring this with you to the rotation.  Please label all your equipment.
  • Wenzhou Medical University will provide you with a photo identification that you will need to wear at all times in the hospital and campus.  You will be provided a white coat to wear for patient care.  At the end of the rotation you will need to turn in your ID and white coat to a designated person at the hospital. Clinical attire is casual.  Male students do not need to wear a tie.  However, the white coat is necessary at all times.
  • The schedule for your entire externship will be provided and confirmed on the 1st day of the rotation.  Information about the externship will be provided ahead of your arrival.
  • Case reports will be expected during your rotation.  A library is available next to the
  • hospital which you will be provided access too.  Internet is also available.
  • If  you are planning to take NBEO parts 1 and/or 2 while on rotation in Wenzhou, please let Dr. Xu Dan at email: xudan0501@hotmail.com 4 MONTHS in advance of the examination date. This will allow for US NBEO to make the necessary arrangements with WMC. Part 3 boards have to be taken in the U.S.
  • Graduate students in other departments are available to be interpreters’ to help with patient care in communication and translation during the examination.  You will learn a few basics of Mandarin which will help you with the basic components of the examination.
  • Grading criteria will be based on the SUNY protocols and requirements.


Additional Requirements

  • Visas to travel and complete the externship in China (review all the information regarding this in appendix A)
  • Arrangement and payment of travel tickets to Wenzhou, China according to the rotation dates assigned from SUNY Optometry
  • Housing and internal transport, phone costs, meals in China

Most patients speak Mandarin with a few who speak the local Wenzhou dialect. Both Mandarin-speaking and English-speaking students are welcome to work in our clinics. There are faculty members and/or optometry students in the hospital who are proficient enough in English to act as interpreters. Half of the optometry undergraduates and postgraduates can communicate in English. Most of them live on campus.

Patient Services

Optometry services

  • primary care
  • strabismus
  • amblyopia
  • pediatrics
  • specialty contact lens fittings

Ocular diseases out-patient services  
Common ocular diseases and specialties eg. glaucoma, cataracts, retina, and cornea. These services are divided in sub-specialties which include:

  • Fundus angiography & laser center
    • eg. Vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age related macula degeneration etc.
  • Cataract
    • cataract management and surgical services.
  • Glaucoma
    • Glaucoma and surgical services
  • Vitreo- retinal disease
  • Corneal & ocular surface disease
    • eg. Treatment and management of keratitis common and rate including surgery such as corneal transplantation etc.
  • Refractive surgery center
    • eg. Lasik, Lasek, epi-Lasik
  • Plastic surgery


Site Hours

Public Holidays

  • January (New Year’s Day): 3 days (including the weekend)
  • January or February (Chinese New Year): 5 days (including the weekend)
  • March or April (Tomb-sweeping Day): 3 days (including the weekend)
  • May (Labor Day):3 days (including the weekend)
  • June (Dragon Boat Festival): 3 days (including the weekend)
  • September or October (The mid-autumn festival): 3 days (including the weekend)
  • October (Chinese National Day): 5 days (including the weekend)

Working during these holidays: Optometry clinics and general ocular disease clinic are open during the Public Holiday and 24-hour emergency is open as usual.  Doctors, students and staff will develop a schedule for coverage during the holiday period.

Directions to Clinic

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City of Wenzhou
The city of Wenzhou is located in the southeastern part of the province of Zhejiang. The River Oujiang traverses the city with scenic landscapes and a pleasant climate. The approximate population is 7 million; about 1.5 million reside in the city proper.  Wenzhou is known for the clothing and shoe industry. Wenzhou is considered China’s birthplace for private economy and has a reputation for retail, wholesale, restaurants, and a prosperous port.

Wenzhou’s climate is considered mild.  Typically, the summer months are hot and humid with the highest temperatures reaching 35C or 95F in July/August.  Winter temperatures are lowest in January/February with average temperatures between 1-5C or 34-41F; snow is rare. Rain is prevalent from February to early April. The average annual temperature range is 15-25C (59-77F).