Visiting Medical Students

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 from June through October of the 4th year, lasting for 4 weeks each and are competitively approved. Supervised by Dr. Daniel Knoch, these rotations offer valuable insights into the field.

Early application submissions will receive greater consideration. Open enrollment begins February 1. To ensure full consideration of your application materials, please submit your packet by June 15. Interested students should submit the following documents to the DOVS Education unit via

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

Upon approval from the DOVS, applicants are required to visit the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) website. Please note the elective cannot be confirmed and considered official until the VSLO application process is complete. Should you have any additional questions regarding the application process, rotation schedules, or any other aspect of the visiting student program at UW-Madison, please contact Jess Benton, Graduate Medical Education Program Coordinator, at 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

Diversity Scholarship Application


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