Residency Eligibility Criteria

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U.S. Medical School Graduates

  • Passing USMLE scores with no previous failures. While USMLE Step 1 scores are only part of our review, we rarely interview candidates with scores less than 220.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation, Dean’s letter, medical school transcript, personal statement and photograph sent through the Ophthalmology Match.
  • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in ophthalmology and argue for why you would be a good candidate.
  • History of research (not necessarily in the field of ophthalmology)
  • Commitment to public service and teaching
  • Prior to appointment in Ophthalmology, all residents must have successfully completed a post-graduate clinical year (PGY-1) in our ACGME-accredited program at The University of Iowa. 

International Medical School Graduates

  • Rarely we have taken international graduates into our program
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of at least 240 on first attempt. Both scores must be available before you can be considered for an interview.
  • Passing grade on the CSA or USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.
  • Medical school graduation date of 2008 or later.
  • Previous ophthalmology residency experiences, observership or clinical experience in the US is strongly preferred.
  • Previous degree in U.S., eg. PhD, MPH is desirable.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation, Dean’s letter, medical school transcript, personal statement and photograph sent through the Ophthalmology Match.
  • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in training in our program and argue for why you would be a good candidate.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large U.S. teaching hospital.
  • History of research (not necessarily in the field of ophthalmology)
  • Commitment to public service and teaching
  • Prior to appointment in Ophthalmology, all residents must have successfully completed a post-graduate clinical year (PGY-1) in our ACGME-accredited program at The University of Iowa. 
  • We sponsor J-1 Visas.

We accept applications only through the San Francisco Match.

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