How To Apply

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-October.

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.  A personal, on-site interview is required.  Interviews are typically held on Friday and Saturday of the second weekend in December.  Each applicant will interview with faculty and the 1st year residents, and will have an opportunity to meet all the current residents.


It is a requirement of the program that residents must satisfactorily complete a PGY-1 program approved by the ACGME.  There are several internship opportunities in Tucson.  The Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP) offers a transitional year. For more information, contact THMEP at 5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, Arizona 85712, phone (520) 324-5095.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson also offers preliminary internships in internal medicine and general surgery to fulfill the PGY-1 training requirement.  These programs must be applied to separately.