Visiting Medical Student Electives

Visiting medical students interested in completing a fourth-year elective with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) are encouraged to apply. The rotations occur during August and September of the 4th year. These rotations are 4 weeks in length and are competitively approved. The rotations are supervised by Dr. Daniel Knoch.

Please note for 2021: Per AAMC guidelines, medical schools are encouraged to limit approved away rotations in any specialty to one per learner, per specialty.

Interested students should submit the following documents to the Ophthalmology Medical Student Coordinator, Alex Scaffidi, at

  • Letter of Intent (300 words or less outlining why you want to do a rotation with us and your goals of the rotation)
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Current CV
  • USMLE 1 Score

Following approval from the DOVS, the applicant will need to visit the VSAS site (Visiting Student Application Service) and complete the application process. Until the VSAS process is complete, the elective cannot be confirmed and “official.” We look forward to meeting and working with you!


Scholarship for Underrepresented Minority Visiting Medical Students

DOVS is proud to offer a scholarship for visiting medical students who identify as underrepresented minorities.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to the vision of the DOVS in being a global leader in saving sight through education, research, patient care, and service. We are committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for learners by creating and nurturing inclusive and respectful learning and working environment. To show our commitment, DOVS established the Diversity Scholarship for students pursuing a visiting elective in Ophthalmology that is awarded annually to 2 underrepresented students.

Interested and eligible medical students are encouraged to apply by downloading the application form below. Please complete the application and return to by June 15.

Diversity Scholarship for Visiting Medical Students More information about the scholarship



Meet the UW medical student education team

Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Professor, Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Director of Medical Student Education

Alex Scaffidi

Medical Education Program Coordinator

(715) 347-4949