Department of Ophthalmology

Admissions

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Residents selected for the program should be exceptional clinicians and scientists. The department seeks residents who will possess and embody high personal and professional standards, take advantage of educational opportunities, and work together in the program. In return, the faculty pledges to support these residents in every possible way to develop and achieve their career goals.

All applicants for first-year residency positions in ophthalmology participate in the Ophthalmology Matching Program. This program is sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Interviews are granted during the 18-20 months prior to entry into the program on July 1. Dr. J. Timothy Stout, chair, Sid W. Richardson professor, and Margarett Root Brown Chair; Dr. Mitchell Weikert, director of the residency training program; and selected members of the full-time faculty and residents participate in the interviews of invited applicants and the ranking of candidates for the matching program.

Review of completed applications for interview selection begins as CAS applications are received; this occurs prior to the Nov. 1 release of the dean's letters.

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Interviews

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Approximately 70 applicants will be selected for interviews. Interviews will be conducted in October, November and December. Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted by phone and by email between Sept. 15 and Dec. 1. When possible, a choice of interview dates will be offered. All interview sessions will be conducted on Mondays and last all day.

Candidates generally meet with five faculty members and tour facilities. This includes the Roy and Lillie Cullen Eye Institute, Alkek Eye Center, McPherson Retina Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and the Michael E. DeBakey Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The candidates also have lunch with current residents in the program.

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Application Information

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Applicants who wish to check on the status of their applications should call (713) 798-5945 or email robinc@bcm.edu.

Applicants not selected for an interview will be promptly notified by mail or email.

The department uses the Central Application Service and accepts only applications sent directly from the CAS office. In addition to the Central Application Service Application, supplemental materials are not required by the Department of Ophthalmology.

All interested applicants should contact the Central Application Service for Ophthalmology:

Central Application Services (CAS)
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, Calif. 94120
(415) 447-0350 or (415) 561-8535
www.SFMATCH.org