How to apply
The VCU Department of Ophthalmology selects three residents each year through San Francisco Match’s Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program.
We receive more than 400 applications each year and invite approximately 50 applicants for a personal interview.
Invitations are extended via phone or email by Oct. 15. Applicants who are not invited for an interview will be notified via email by Oct. 31.
Residents are selected approximately 18 months before their start date.
The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for a residency position:
1. Applicants must be one of the following:
a) Graduate of a medical school in the U.S. or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
b) Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
c) Graduate of a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada approved by the World Health Organization or equivalent accrediting body and possessing a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
2. Minimum criteria for the specialty
a) All applicants for the residency program must meet minimum eligibility requirements as established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, AOA or other accrediting body for the specialty.
b) Applicants will not be considered for post-graduate education if they will not meet criteria for board certification upon program completion.
3. Certifying examinations
a) All applicants for a residency program at the PGY-2 level must have passed Steps 1 and 2 (clinical knowledge and clinical skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.
b) All applicants for a residency program at the PGY-3 level or higher must have passed Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE.
4. Letters of reference
a) All applicants must have three letters of reference from U.S. or Canadian physicians who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s clinical abilities and personal characteristics.
5. Language skills
a) All applicants must have sufficient written and spoken English language skills required for safe and effective patient care, and effective participation in training and educational activities.
6. Visa requirements
a) Only J-1 visas are accepted for medical residency positions at the VCU School of Medicine.
7. Employment requirements
a) Applicants must have one of the following:
- U.S. citizenship
- Valid U.S. resident alien card (green card)
- Valid passport, valid 1-94 card and J-1 visa sponsorship form the ECFMG or other visa as approved
- Valid employment authorization document
For more information regarding eligibility and selection criteria, visit the VCU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education website.
Applicants must submit all documents required by the Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program including:
- SF Match application
- Personal statement
- Three satisfactory personal/professional letters of reference
- Dean’s letter from medical school (within four years of graduation)
- Official medical school transcripts
- Scores from licensing examinations
- View resident salaries set by the VCU School of Medicine.
- All house staff receives three weeks paid vacation
- Health coverage (family plan is optional)
- Dental coverage (optional)
- Life and short/long-term disability coverage
- Malpractice insurance
- On-call meal stipend
- Subsidized parking
- Yearly in-training examination
- Loaner equipment provided during residency
- Child care facilities
Learn more about the VCU School of Medicine’s benefits for residents.
Register with San Francisco Match
Interested candidates must contact San Francisco Match to register:
San Francisco Match
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, California 94120-7584
Phone: (415) 923-3907
2015 interview dates
- Friday, November 4
- Saturday, November 5
June 1: Application registration begins for Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program
Sept. 2: Target date for submitting application (not a deadline)
Sept. 16: Deadline for submitting applications via San Francisco Match. Applications must be received by this date. Applications received after Sept. 17 will not be considered.
Oct. 15: All applicants will be notified by this date.
The variety of pathology I saw at VCU has truly helped to prepare me for a career in ophthalmology. The faculty cared about us learning what we needed to know to be able to pass both the written and oral board exams. – Julianna Reeves, residency Class of 2009”