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Ophthalmology Residency Program

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - The current residency interviews will follow a virtual format in line with SF Match policy. We appreciate your understanding! 

Applications for residency 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 & 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.

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 lboet@jhsmiami.org, 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 December 31 of the application year. We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement.

All applications received by September 12, 2022, will be considered and should be as complete as possible (including all letters of reference). The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute reviews ALL applications received. Invitations to interview will be extended approximately by mid-November. Our virtual ophthalmology residency interviews will be held on December 7, 8, and 9, 2022.

We plan to offer an optional “open house” (Institutional COVID-19 related policies permitting) 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.

For more information on the application process, please email: irperez@med.miami.edu 

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

The Department of Ophthalmology offers a three-year ACGME approved residency training program in conjunction with Jackson Memorial Hospital. The program also participates in providing 3 months of ophthalmology training to matched residents through a joint internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Department of Internal Medicine.

Seven first-year residents enter the program each July 1, for a total of 21 residents in training. The seven positions for each year’s group will be filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program. Information and applications may be obtained at www.sfmatch.org.

During internship, residents rotate through the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, attending ophthalmic pathology rounds, participating in cataract simulation training sessions, and evaluating patients in the dedicated eye emergency room and on the inpatient consult service. Interns also rotate through the Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital where they evaluate patients, perform intravitreal injections, and apply retinal laser treatments when indicated. In the first year of training (PGY2), the resident learns the basic techniques of ocular diagnosis and medical management of a variety of ocular diseases. In addition, subspecialty training in neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology is offered. The second year of training is dedicated to in-depth exposure to the subspecialties of cornea and external diseases, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics and retina, as well as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery. During the third year, the resident assumes full responsibility for the medical and surgical care of patients with all types of ophthalmic diseases and, in addition, acquires further subspecialty training in the fields of oculoplastics, pediatric ophthalmology and retina. An ongoing basic science course is integrated into the training program throughout all years of residency.

The residents have full responsibility for a 50,000 patient-visit per year outpatient facility at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and, under graded faculty supervision, perform 4,400 laser and surgical procedures per year. The 79 full-time clinical faculty members of the Institute examine 155,000 outpatients annually and perform 7,700 surgical procedures annually. During their subspecialty training, residents have the opportunity to participate in the medical and surgical care of these patients. The resident’s medical and surgical experience is further augmented by integration of the Veterans Administration Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital into the training program.

Salary

House staff salaries for the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center are uniform and are subject to change each year. Below is the current schedule:

  • PGY-1 internship (through Internal Medicine) $57,481
  • PGY-2 1st year $59,612
  • PGY-3 2nd year $61,964
  • PGY-4 3rd year $64,622

Insurance

Medical, group life and disability insurance are provided.

Vacation

Four (4) weeks paid vacation are provided annually (one week of which is in the December holiday period) for residents and fellows.

Daily Rounds & Conferences

Rounds on most services begin at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Monday

7:00-8:00 a.m. Morning Conference
8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Pathology
(Assigned Residents)

Tuesday

7:00-8:00 a.m. Morning Conference
5:30-7:00 p.m. Imaging Conference

Wednesday

7:00-8:00 a.m. Morning Conference

Thursday

7:30-9:00 a.m. Grand Rounds

Friday

7:00-8:00 a.m. Morning Conference

License

Residents are required to register with the State of Florida as an unlicensed physician.

(Include Visa status requirements for FMGs applying to residency, ECFMG requirements as well)

Affiliations

The University of Miami Medical School has an affiliation with Jackson Memorial Hospital, its teaching hospital, for the purpose of medical student training. Through this affiliation it permits faculty members to contract with and serve Jackson Memorial Hospital as attending medical staff.

Jackson Memorial Hospital attending medical staff in turn, hires, trains and supervises the residents within the Jackson Memorial Hospital residency program.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is responsible for the academic and research opportunities intrinsic to an outstanding residency experience and as such is proud of the exemplary blend of clinical training, research and community services that the school provides future specialists.