Application Process

The recruitment cycle during 2020-2021 is continually evolving alongside the COVID-19 crisis, so please look to the SF Match website or contact or program coordinator for updates. Below are our plans as of August 1, 2020.

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This is a unique year with many hurdles, but also opportunities to improve our process at a local and national level. For you applicants, however, we realize it may not seem as positive. Our goal is to provide the best experience possible despite these obstacles, including the chance to see inside our program and department from afar. This clearly is a work in progress …

Our residency positions are filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program. Since we are commencing with an integrated internship, matched applicants will not need to apply through the NMRP. The next available positions will start internship July 1, 2021 and residency July 1, 2022.  These positions will be filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program process in the Fall of 2020. Applications may be submitted to the Ophthalmology Matching Program at

During the 2019-2020 interview cycle, we extended invitations to interview and alternate selections to a total of 68 candidates.  Regionally, 24% were from medical schools in the midwest, 53% from the south, 7% from the west, 10% from the northeast, and 3% international.  The mean USMLE Step I score was 246, with a range of 214 to 273.  We do not have a minimum score to consider an applicant for an interview.

We attempt to review applications holistically, with particular attention to diversity and inclusion. We are also a state institution and have a mission of identifying and training a subset of residents that will likely remain in the state to provide needed care for the patients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Interview Process

Interviews will be conducted virtually for all applicants, per recommendations from all governing bodies and requirements at our institution. Our current plan is to have informal Zoom conferencing with small breakout groups of applicants and residents the evening prior to the interview, and then Zoom interviews the morning of the interview date. The program director, coordinator, and chief resident will all record short lectures and then applicants will interview individually with a pair of faculty members on a rotating basis. We are currently working on cultivating media content about the program, department, institution, and city that can be reviewed well in advance of the interview.

Important Dates to Remember

  1. We must receive the San Francisco Match Application file and a short secondary application to be completed once you have applied to our program by September 1, 2020 for you to be considered for an interview. This secondary application consists of a maximum 400 word statement describing why you wish to pursue your residency education at the University of Kentucky. This statement can be submitted to our program coordinator. Please view our program description on SF Match for more details regarding the secondary application.
  2. Invitations to interview will be extended mid October 2020. There are 4 positions available.
  3. Ophthalmology Resident Interviews for Fall 2020 will be held on three dates:
    1. Friday, October 30
    2. Friday, November 6
    3. Friday, November 20
  4. Invitations will be initially sent to a list of applicants the exact size of the number of interview slots available. We previously utilized the third party system Interview Broker, but that process is now through the SF Match website, which is still evolving.  Our current plan is to inform applicants of their invitation when the system goes live in mid-October. These applicants will have one week to select from the available interview dates, then a smaller list of alternates will be added to the pool. The remaining open interview slots, as well as any later openings available when an applicant switches or drops the interview, will be on a first-come-first-serve basis for the entire pool of applicants and alternates.  Those placed on the alternate list will be notified the same day as those on the invite list and will be able to schedule interview in open slots starting one week later.  Because of the active nature of the interview confirmation process, many alternates end up receiving an interview, and our selection committee considers this group in such a manner.
  5. While we understand and appreciate that applicants may need to change or cancel interviews, we prohibit changes within a week of the scheduled interview date out of respect for our staff and fellow applicants.

Please note all applicants must be a graduate from an LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) accredited medical institution. We will only accept a J-1 Visa – trainee program. We do not sponsor an H-1B Visa.

Questions by phone or email may be directed to the Residency Program Coordinator, Olivia Turner, at or (859) 218-2631.