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Frequently Asked Questions

How many residents are there?
Are USMLE Step 2 scores required?
What are the visa requirements for foreign medical graduates?
Are there additional requirements beyond what CAS requires?
What is the minimum board score required to be considered for an interview?
Do you sponsor internships or transitional years?
Is there a wet lab?
Do residents have to buy a full set of instruments?
Do residents have to buy academy books?
Is time allotted for elective rotation?
What are resident-fellow interactions like?
Is time allotted for attending national meetings?
Is research required?
Do I need a car?
What have recent UC Irvine residents done after completing the program?

 

How many residents are there?

We accept three new residents each year for a total of nine at any one time.

Are USMLE Step 2 scores required?

No, Step 2 scores are not required for admittance into the program. However, you must pass the USMLE Steps 2 and 3 before beginning your residency.

What are the visa requirements for foreign medical graduates?

Foreign medical graduates need a J-1 visa and an ECFMG certification.

Are there additional requirements beyond what CAS requires?

No

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What is the minimum board score required to be considered for an interview?

There is no minimum requirement for board scores to be considered for an interview. All candidates are encouraged to apply. No absolute selection criteria exists, but the residency selection committee considers:

  • Academic credentials
  • Evidence of academic potential
  • Evidence of commitment to ophthalmology
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

 

Do you sponsor internships or transitional years?

No, the ophthalmology department does not sponsor internships or transitional years.

Is there a wet lab?

Yes. We have a small wet lab in our basic science lab. We also hold sponsored wet lab events through out the academic year.

Do residents have to buy a full set of instruments?

Buying a set of lenses and surgical loops is encouraged by the third year of residency.

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Do resident have to buy academy books?

No, the department provides each resident with a set of academy books.

Is time allotted for elective rotation?

No. Outside elective rotations are not permitted.

What are resident-fellow interactions like?

At UC Irvine, fellows and residents work closely to manage both the clinical and surgical patient load. In clinics, fellows help train the ophthalmology residents in the fundamentals of the fellows' expertise.

In the operating room, the resident is generally responsible for a case from start to finish, including the pre-procedure work-up, informed consent, being primary surgeon for the case, procedure notes and follow-up.

Residents also participate in other cases to the level of their abilities. When working with the residents, the fellows serve as a mentor for the resident. At UC Irvine, the ophthalmology fellow enhances rather than detracts from the resident's experience.

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Is time allotted to attend national meetings?

Presentations at national meetings such as AAO and ARVO are strongly encouraged. Department financial support is available to attend major scientific meetings when the resident is the first author on a paper or abstract.

Is research required?

Clinical and basic research is an important aspect of a resident’s training. At UC Irvine, we believe this is vital for the education of the total physician. The clinician must learn to analyze the literature for efficacy and scientific merit.

Each resident is required to complete at least one research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  Submission of the completed paper is expected prior to graduation.

Do I need a car?

Having a car is strongly recommended because you will be rotating through three different clinical locations during your residency.

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What have recent UC Irvine residents done after completing the program?

More than half of UC Irvine's recent graduating residents have entered top fellowship programs. Specialties represented in recent years include oculoplastic surgery (ASOPRS), cornea and refractive surgery, vitreoretinal surgery and glaucoma. Other graduates have joined established and successful private practices.

Still have questions?

Contact Doris Romo at 949.824.0158 or djromo@uci.edu.

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