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Student Interest Group in Ophthalmology (SIGIO)

The Student Interest Group In Ophthalmology (SIGIO) at the University of Tennessee was organized in 2006 for the purposes of:

  1. Educating medical students at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine about the specialty of Ophthalmology as a career choice

  2. Increasing students' knowledge of diseases of the eyes and their adnexae, examination techniques, and the eyes' relationship to systemic diseases

  3. Offering opportunities for medical students to become involved in community service, research, or other scholarly activities of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

SIGIO is a student-run organization offering all medical students the opportunity to gain an understanding and appreciation for the field of ophthalmology. Although the medical student didactic curriculum provides an introduction of the eye, students are not exposed to the clinical practice of ophthalmology or the multitude of career paths within this multifaceted specialty. Our goal is to bridge the gap between classroom learning and clinical practice. We aim to serve as a liaison between students and ophthalmology residents and faculty, and this group is open to all medical students regardless of their year in medical school or future career goals.

Visit the SIGIO President's Page


Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Avenue Room 475
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448 - 5884
FAX: (901) 448 - 1299


Faculty Sponsor:
Elliott Kanner (

Samuel Fowler (
Renn Lovett (
Sullivan Smoak ( 

Vice Presidents:
Nathan Brott (
Paul Perceley (

HEI/Lion’s Club Liaison:
Catherine Anderson-Quiñones (

Community Outreach Chair:
Madison Perchik  (
Sophie Pilkinton ( 
Carolyn Simpson (



May 26, 2022