How To Apply

PGY-1 Integrated Year

We are excited to begin the integrated PGY-1 year starting in 2021.  While it is not completely formalized, we can share some of the details.  It will occur predominantly at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System, which is one of our most popular sites and the highest impact for learning.   We have constructed a curriculum that will provide the resident with a non-ophthalmic perspective of diseases commonly managed by ophthalmologists.  Each resident will rotate for three months in ophthalmology, two months in emergency medicine, two months in internal medicine, two months in general surgery, one month in neuroradiology, one month in rheumatology and one month in neurology.  

Application Procedure

We accept applications exclusively through the Central Application Service (CAS) of the Ophthalmology Matching Program. Information about the Ophthalmology Matching Program and the application process can be obtained on their website. The application deadline for our residency program is to have the CAS application completed by mid-November.

Ophthalmology Matching Program
PO Box 7584
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
Phone: (415) 447-0350
FAX: (415) 561-8535


The University of Arizona requires that foreign medical graduates have a valid ECFMG certificate (at time of application), as well as pass the USMLE. Only J-1 visas are sponsored. The program does not sponsor H1 visas.

Resident Selection

The Ophthalmology Matching Program is used to match all incoming residents.  Interviews are granted to selected applicants after review of completed applications by the faculty.  All interviews will be virtual this year, and will be held on Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, 2021.  Each applicant will interview with faculty and the 1st year residents, and will have the opportunity to speak with some of the other residents.

Virtual Town Halls

Interested in learning more about the residency program and life in Tucson?  Register for one of our virtual town halls. 

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