How do I apply to your program?
We use the Central Application Service of the San Francisco Matching Program to process our applications. Please visit the SF Match website at: www.sfmatch.org for application information. We require the standard documentation: CAS application, college and medical school transcripts, USMLE scores, three reference letters, and the Dean’s letter, plus appropriate ECFMG documentation for international graduates. We do not accept any applications outside of the match.
What is your application deadline? How will I be notified if I am selected for an interview?
Our deadline is typically mid-October. We will send a confirmation to the applicants in each batch as we receive the applications from SF Match. Applicants will receive another email (or phone call), followed up by a letter/packet in the mail only if they are chosen for an interview. We regret that we may not be able to send notifications to all of the applicants who are not granted an interview.
Do you accept IMG’s?
Yes. All international medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate before they will be considered for an interview.
Do you sponsor any visas?
Yes, MCW will sponsor an H1B visa but only after the applicant has passed the USMLE Step 3 and Clinical Skills Assessment. Passing results must be in place by April 1 of the PGY1 year in order to begin the PGY2 year in July. If that is not in place, the applicant will need to apply for a J-1 visa. For full visa information, please visit our GME’s information page.
Do you require US clinical experience?
Is your program integrated?
No. However, because Ophthalmology is an “early match” we are able to share the names of our matched applicants with the MCW Internal Medicine Dep’t and the transitional year coordinators of two other area hospitals (Aurora/St. Luke’s and Wheaton Franciscan/St. Joseph’s) who will give consideration to those students who apply to their programs.
I’ve already received my MD and am in my preliminary year - but did not match to a residency. Do you have any openings for the next year?
Should any vacancies arise in our program we would post that information on the SF Match website and again utilize the CAS to find candidates.
When is the best time to submit my application?
We recommend submitting it as soon as possible, as we begin offering interviews by the first of October. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and additional documents may be submitted after the initial application is submitted. Our interviews are generally held on four dates in mid-November.
Do you accept applications from DO’s? Do DO’s have to take the USMLE?
Yes we accept DO applications. We will accept COMLEX scores in place of the USMLE.
What is the start date of your program?
We begin on the first business day of July; however there will also be three days of orientation for Froedtert Hospital, MCW, and the VA the last three business days of June.
Do you have a minimum/maximum requirement for years since graduation?