14 Days in Ophthalmology - Day 8

Ophthalmology Consultation

The second week of the ophthalmology rotations saw a change at the top of the organizational structure.

Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, is on clinics this week and will lead the five fourth-year students on rotations in the specialty area. The students worked with Dr. Rachel Allbaugh, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, during the first week of rotations.

Ben-Shlomo and Allbaugh say they run the specialty service pretty much the same.

“There are a few things we do differently,” Ben-Shlomo said. “For instance, I do our medical records slightly different than Dr. Allbaugh does, but I don’t think it’s that dramatic of a change for the students.”

For fourth-year student Brad Christensen, his time with ophthalmology over the last eight days has reinforced the differences he has seen working with a variety of different veterinary clinicians.

“Every clinician is different,” he said, “but we go about the basics the same way all the time.”

Christensen pointed out a patient card on the outside of an exam room. He noted this was a change over the previous week with Dr. Allbaugh. But he and the other four ophthalmology students make the necessary adjustments.

“After the first patient we adapt pretty quickly,” he said.

Tomorrow: Seeing Patients in Des Moines

Ophthalmology Exam