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How to Apply

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - The 2024 residency interviews will follow a virtual format in line with AUPO and SF Match policy. 

Applications for the residency program must be submitted through the Central Application Service (CAS) of the San Francisco Matching Program. We do not require additional materials or paperwork. Only applicants who meet the eligibility and selection requirements will be considered.

Eligibility and Selection

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Residency Program selects only from among the pool of eligible applicants and evaluates each applicant based on their preparedness, ability, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty and integrity. The program does not discriminate regarding sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute will not be using signals. We review all applications. Sending your application to us serves as strong signal of your interest in our program.

Program Requirements for Applicants

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States jurisdiction. The institution only sponsors J1 visas. For specific questions or additional information, contact Lourdes Boet at, Hospital Services Supervisor, Jackson Health System.
  4. All applicants must successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination prior to starting the program. Submission of USMLE Step 2 CK is required by October 1 of the application year. We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement.

All applications received by September 16, 2024, will be considered and should be as complete as possible (including all letters of reference). The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute reviews ALL applications received by this date. Invitations to interview will be extended approximately by mid-November. Our virtual ophthalmology residency interviews will be held on December 11, 12, and 13, 2024. residency interviews will be held on December 11, 12, and 13, 2024.

We plan to offer an optional “open house" for applicants. These will be held after we submit our final rank list but before the applicant rank list is due. We will share more details and dates at a later time.

A selection committee reviews all applicants, selects applicants for interview, participates in the interview process and in the final choice of applicants.  


Damarys Menendez
Program Manager
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
900 N.W. 17th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: 305-326-6391
Fax: 305-326-6580