Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Residency Applications FAQs

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How many residents do you match per year

Beginning with the 2021 Match we have been granted approval from the ACGME to permanently increase our program to four (4) residents per year. We will have a Joint PGY1 with Ascension/St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee. A fourth resident will allow us greater rotation flexibility and in-house night float blocks for primary call, significantly reducing the amount of at-home pager call shared among the PGY2 and PGY3 classes.

Is your program integrated
The PGY1 year starting July 2021 will be a joint placement with the Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital TY program in Milwaukee, WI; they are part of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) GME affiliation. You will need to apply separately to that program through ERAS after your ophthalmology match is known.
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.
What is your application deadline and how will I be notified if I am selected for an interview
Our deadline is generally early to mid-October. (Please check information on the SF Match website to confirm). We will send a confirmation to the applicants in each batch as we receive the applications from SF Match. Applicants will receive an email (from the program coordinator or SF Match) if they are chosen for an interview, followed by additional program and interview information as well as a request for any further required documentation. We regret that we may not be able to send notifications to all of the applicants who are not granted an interview.

SF Match Website

When is the best time to submit my application
We recommend having your file complete and submitted by the first week of September. Programs will not have access to files until Sept. 1 in 2020, and we won’t have MSPE letters until later October. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and we continue to review any updated documents submitted through SF Match after the initial application as well. Please find our current interview dates on our program profile on the SF Match website.

SF Match Website

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 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.

SF Match Website

Do you have any openings for the next year

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.

Do you accept applications from DOs and do DOs have to take the USMLE
Yes we accept DO applications. We will accept COMLEX scores in place of the USMLE.
Do you accept IMGs
Yes. All international medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate before they will be considered for an interview.
Do you require US clinical experience

No.

Do you sponsor any visas
While our sponsoring institution will allow for H1B visas, we regret that our department is currently unable to sponsor a resident who would require a visa.  
Do you have a minimum or maximum requirement for years since graduation

No.

Contact for Residency Programs

Ophthalmology Residency

Contact information for the ophthalmology residency program at MCW

SF Match Program Office - (415) 561-8535

 

MCW Ophthalmology Residency Program Director

Andrea L. Stahulak, MD

 

Medical Education Coordinator

Leslie Bencivenga

lbencive@mcw.edu

 

Residency Program Inbox

Ophth-Residency@mcw.edu

 

SF Match Website

Pediatric Optometry Residency

Contact information for the pediatric optometry residency program with MCW and Children's Wisconsin

OR Match Program Office (800)-461-6322

 

MCW and Children's Wisconsin Pediatric Optometry Residency Program Director

Jamie Weiser, OD

jweiser@mcw.edu 

OR Match Website