Application Process

The Henry Ford Ophthalmology Program offers five positions per year. Applications are accepted only through the Central Application System (CAS) and positions are filled through the San Francisco Matching Program. All applications are carefully reviewed, and interviews are awarded to the most qualified candidates.

Eligible applicants:

  • Students or graduates of LCME or AOA accredited medical schools in the US and Canada.
  • Students or graduates from outside the US and Canada who hold a currently valid ECFMG certificate.
  • All applicants must provide USMLE Step I results in order to be considered for an interview.

The ophthalmology residency mandates that a transitional year with an special ophthalmology track must be completed at Henry Ford Hospital. The Henry Ford Transitional Year Program is an excellent program that allows our residents to "plug into" the system, rotate in ophthalmology (3-5 months), and accomplish various ophthalmology training requirements before starting the residency.

Application deadline: September 15

The selection process:

The Residency Selection Committee is comprised of residents, program director, and associate program director, chief resident for education, chief resident for clinical care, chair, and interested faculty. This group reviews completed applications and also interviews, discusses, and ranks the applicants.

Answers to commonly asked questions about interviews:

  1. Do you have minimum score requirements? USMLE scores in the nineties are highly preferred.
  2. Do you accept Comlex scores? Osteopathic applicants may submit COMLEX scores but USMLE scores are required for consideration of an interview.
  3. Do you have a graduation date cut off? Although there is no "date of graduation" cut-off, lapses in clinical training/clinical practice may be cause for concern.
  4. Do you accept international graduates? We have accepted and do consider international graduates into our program; however, our department sponsors only J-1 visas. International graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate uploaded to the CAS by December 31st of the interview year.
  5. Does your program include the clinical base (transitional/preliminary medicine) year? Yes, as stated above, it is required to complete your transitional year at Henry Ford Hospital. . Candidates will also need to match with and successfully complete an ACGME-accredited transitional or preliminary medicine year prior to commencing ophthalmology training. Henry Ford Hospital does offer an excellent Transitional Year Program. Applications for the HFH Transitional Program are accepted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants who match with our program are strongly encouraged to complete their transitional year at our institution, which makes for a much easier transition into Ophthalmology training.
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