Application Process

Application Process

Applications must be submitted two years prior to the beginning of the residency. We participate in the Central Application Service (CAS) of the Ophthalmology Matching Program (OMP). We suggest that you contact the OMP regarding application forms and procedures. We do not require a supplemental application. Write or call:

SF Match
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

415-447-0350
San Francisco Matching Program

Invitations for interviews will be sent to selected candidates in September, October and November. Interviewing will usually be completed by the middle of December with the match in January. *

Applicants are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. There is no discrimination with regard to sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. UTMB HR website

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing for the application and interviewing process as well as the Match has been adjusted for all Ophthalmology programs. Please see the SF Match website, sfmatch.org, for more details.

All applicants entering ophthalmology training programs must have completed a post-graduate clinical year (PGY-1) in a program accredited by either the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The PGY-1 year must include training in which the resident has primary responsibility for patient care in fields such as internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, family practice or emergency medicine. At minimum, six months of this year must be a broad experience in direct patient care. A Texas Physician in Training Permit is required.

In accordance with new ACGME requirements for Ophthalmology, we have transitioned to to a joint preliminary year with Internal Medicine at UTMB, allowing for substantive exposure to Ophthalmology during the PGY-1 year along with a rich and varied preliminary training year in Internal Medicine.  If you successfully match into our UTMB Ophthalmology program, you will be expected to complete your internship in Internal Medicine at UTMB.  You will still need to apply for the PGY-1 preliminary UTMB Internal Medicine program through ERAS, but your interview for this program will occur at the time that you interview for Ophthalmology residency.

OVS provides all Ophthalmology residents:

  • Resident Lenses: 2 lenses provided - 78D, 20D or 90D (special pricing available for purchase of additional lenses)
  • Basic Science Books (BCSC series) at beginning of residency
  • OKAP Examination fees
  • $1000 Resident Development Funds provided each year with the following guidelines:

    i) Print materials

    a. Limit one print textbook/eBook plus one review/workbook annually (two books total) procured using UTMB purchasing tenets

    b. Limit two journal/board subscriptions

    ii) Educational Software

    a. Limit one program/question bank/review program or materials (one total)

    iii) Clothing

    a. Either one white coat or monogram jacket annually

    b. One set of “scrubs” annually

    iv) Equipment

    a. Lenses for ophthalmic examinations (as above)

    b. Ophthalmology on-call bag with necessary items to perform ophthalmologic evaluations

    c. Indirect ophthalmoscope provided for on-call/consult duties

    v) Dues/fees

    a. Membership in one professional society/organization

    b. ACLS/BLC/ATLS/ALSO training if required by the residency program

    c. One conference (national/state/local) registration and travel if the resident has an accepted presentation or is an officer of the organization or one workshop/course registration if focused on development of a specific skill(s) not offered in the training program

    d. One review course in final year of training

  • AAO attendance - all PGY-4 residents allowed to attend  - Housing/parking provided for all off-site rotations (Houston and Orlando, FL)
  • 5 days paid leave for fellowship interviews during PGY-4 year
  • Subsidized Parking


Vacation, Sick Leave, Meeting Time

  • Vacation: 12 days of paid vacation per year
  • USMLE Examination: administrative leave allowed
  • Meeting Time: 5 working days during the PGY-4 year
  • Additional meeting time granted if presenting at meetings


Insurance and Salaries
: Current information at www.utmb.edu/gme

Briana Villarreal
Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1106

(409) 747-5801
(409) 747-5402 fax
Email: bevillar@utmb.edu