Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

Dr. David A. Quillen, George and Barbara Blankenship Professor, Chair of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Penn State Hershey Eye Center is the Faculty Advisor for this student interest group which meets on a quarterly basis throughout each academic year.   Students interested in pursuing a career in Ophthalmology are welcome to contact Dr. Quillen at 717-531-8783 or via email at dquillen@hmc.psu.edu.

Student leadership for the group has been set up in a team-based format to align its organizational structure with that of the Ophthalmology Department as well as the institution.  All Leadership Team members will have an active role in guiding the interest group throughout the year, with the Leader and Co-Leader overseeing the entirety of the group's activities.

2014-2015 Leadership


Co-Leader Mark Goerlitz-Jessen mgoerlitzjessen@hmc.psu.edu
Co-Leader Gaytri Gupta-Elera gguptaelera@hmc.psu.edu
Executive Board

Daniel Brill

James Martin

Allison Weinstock

Mona Lotfipour

Temitope Adebayo

Michael Abendroth

Shruti Sudhakar










Please contact any of the leadership team members with questions or suggestions and if you would like to be added to the email list.  Students interested in Ophthalmology research opportunities should contact James Carideo, Director of Student Aid at 531-4102.

The Ophthalmology Interest Group meets quarterly each year and has been formed to:

  • Stimulate medical students' interest in the field of Ophthalmology
  • Facilitate clinical and research opportunities in Ophthalmology for medical students by promoting communication between members and faculty
  • Provide guidance to students interested in pursuing a career in Ophthalmology
  • Provide Ophthalmology related volunteer opportunities for students through activities such as Lion Care, the Bethesda Mission project, and vision screenings for the medically underserved
  • Encourage attendance at and participation in the Penn State Hershey Eye Center's educational activities
  • Increase student knowledge of the practice of Ophthalmology through lectures given by faculty at the group's quarterly meetings
  • Allow students to participate in interactive sessions which utilize hands-on skills training

2015-2016 Academic Year Events:

8/21/2015 at 12PM- Ophthalmology Meet & Greet (Location: UPC 1, Ste. 800, Ophthalmology Library)

9/23/2015 at 12 PM- Lunch Lecture: Intro to Ophthalmology 

10/15/2015 from 6-8 PM- Ophthalmology Skills Night

10/17/2015 from 7A- 2P- Bethesda Mission Eye Exams

10/17/2015 from 9A- 12P- Latino Health Fair (Location: Lebanon Middle School, 350 N. 8th St, Lebanon, PA 17046) 

11/7/2015 from 9A-12P- University Conference Center (Location: 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033)

*Event updates will be provided as they are confirmed.  please feel free to contact Residency Education Program Coordinator, Maria Montijo via email at: mmontijo@hmc.psu.edu with any questions. 

You may access externship information for any medical school by searching the school's name and selecting educational opportunities for medical students in Ophthalmology when you have reached the school's website.  Listed below are a few of the programs recently attended by Penn State College of Medicine students:

If you have questions regarding the residency application process for the Ophthalmology Residency Program, please click here.  Student leadership team members also recommend Kenneth V. Iserson's book, "Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students".