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 or COMLEX results in order to be considered for an interview.

Note about the PGY-1 year:

The ophthalmology residency must be preceded by a PGY1 year of general medical training. We strongly urge our residents to perform a transitional year at Henry Ford Hospital. The Henry Ford Transitional Year Program is an excellent program and also allows our residents to "plug into" our system, rotate in ophthalmology, and accomplish various ophthalmology training requirements before starting the residency.

Application deadline: September 30, 2015

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. What are your interview dates? We interview on Mondays and Fridays to facilitate applicant travel. Our interview dates for 2015 are: November 2, 9, 20 and December 7.
  2. Do you have minimum score requirements? USMLE scores in the nineties are highly preferred.
  3. Do you accept Comlex scores? Osteopathic applicants may submit COMLEX scores but USMLE scores are recommended for consideration of an interview.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Does your program include the clinical base (transitional/preliminary medicine) year? Our program offers three years of training in Ophthalmology. 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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