Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Residency Admissions and Benefits


Application Process


All applications must be submitted through the SFMatch Residency Match Service. Paper applications are not accepted. The application deadline is Sept. 15. 

Review Process

Ophthalmology is fortunate to attract extremely bright and successful applicants. Unfortunately, there is no single formula or system that effectively predicts who will be an outstanding resident in our field. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to application review and the offering of interview invitations. The factors we consider include:

Academic Performance

  • Medical school grades
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE – aka the “Dean’s Letter”)
  • USMLE Step 2 score
  • Undergraduate/Graduate school experience

Letters of Recommendation (Three Required)

  • Two Letters from ophthalmologists are recommended (It is not required that all three be from ophthalmology-related mentors)


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society membership (if offered at the applicant’s medical school)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society membership
  • Other awards and honors


  • Research experience, including publications & presentations
  • Personal statement
  • Service experience (e.g. volunteer work, advocacy, etc.)
  • Work experience & employment history
  • Outside interests

We welcome and encourage all who are interested to apply to our program. Our recruitment team carefully evaluates all completed applications for consideration of interview offers. 




All residency interviews will continue to be virtual this year per SF Match and AUPO policy.


Benefits and Stipends


Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology provide competitive stipends and benefits that compare well to programs in other large cities, especially given the affordable cost-of-living seen in Houston, Texas. The following is a sampling of benefits provided to trainees at our institution.

View stipends and benefit information on the Baylor College of Medicine’s graduate medical education website. Stipend levels are at the national average, but Houston's cost of living ranks among the lowest of metropolitan areas in the United States.

Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our residents have access to a number of programs to support their well-being. View wellness resources.

Information about vacation and leave of absences is available on the graduate medical education website.


BCM Benefits

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance (1.5x annual salary)
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability
  • Vacation (21 days annually)
  • Sick Time (14 days annually – no rollover)
  • Holidays & Personal Time Off (9 days annually)

Ophthalmology Program Perks

  • AAO Basic and Clinical Science Course (13 volumes)
  • Lenses (20D, 90D, & Gonioscopy)
  • Personal Minor Procedure Instrument Set
  • Personal Wet Lab Instrument Set
  • Wills Eye Manual
  • White coats
  • Registration & Travel Expenses to the AAO Annual Meeting (during PGY-3 or PGY-4 year)
  • Breakfast at Friday Morning Conferences & Dinner at Tuesday Evening Conferences
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