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CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Ophthalmology

Specialty Advisor:


Preferred Contact Information:

Student Interest Group webpage:






National Organizations:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
SF Match for Ophthalmology

Minimal Training Durations:

1 transitional/preliminary year

3 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1-2 Year


Competitiveness: high

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Specialty Overview: Ophthalmology deals with the structure, function, diagnosis and treatment of the eye and the visual system. It provides patients with total eye care using medical, surgical and rehabilitative services. Ophthalmologists typically work with a broad range of patients and usually over a long period of time.



·         Anterior Segemt Surgery 1 year

·         Cornea/External Disease  1 year

·         Glaucoma          1 year

·         Neuro-ophthalmology     1 year

·         Oculoplastics     2 years

·         Ophthalmic Pathology    1 year

·         Pediatric Ophthalmology 1 year

·         Retina/Vitreous  2 years

·         Uveitis/Immunology       1 year




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Meet with a departmental advisor as early as you think you may have an interest in Ophthalmology given the early match date. Core clerkship grades and USMLE scores are the most important components to matching successfully. Participation in a research project is also important.




Training Requirements: The length of training in ophthalmology must be at least three years. All applicants entering an ophthalmology training program must have taken a general postgraduate clinical year of training in a program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. There were 116 ophthalmology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 465 advanced positions.


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency in pathology. The fellowships are over 1-2 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 242

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score:

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 50-60

Number of Programs:

Number of Positions Available: 465

Total Number of Applicants:808

Total Number of Matched: 464




Critical References:



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