Application Process

Our residency positions are filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program and our required preliminary internship through NMRP. The next available positions will start internship July 1, 2020 and residency July 1, 2021.  These positions will be filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program process in the Fall of 2019. Applications may be submitted to the Ophthalmology Matching Program at

During the 2018-2019 interview cycle, we extended invitations to interview and alternate selections to a total of 66 candidates.  Regionally, 36% were from medical schools in the midwest, 30% from the southeast, 14% from the south atlantic, 9% from the southwest, 8% from the west, and 3% from the northeast.  The mean USMLE Step I score was 247, with a range of 200 to 265.  We do not have a minimum score to consider an applicant for an 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 9, 2019 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 mailed out Early October 2019. There are 4 positions available.
  3. Ophthalmology Resident Interviews for Fall 2019 will be held on four dates in November of 2018:
    1. Friday, 1 November 2019
    2. Friday, 8 November 2019
    3. Friday, 15 November 2019
    4. Friday, 29 November 2019
  4. Invitations will be initially sent to a list of applicants the exact size of the number of interview slots available utilizing the third party interview scheduling website Interview Broker.  We will inform applicants of their invitation 24 hours prior to opening the website to allow the opportunity to set aside time the following day to schedule an interview (i.e. there will be a buffer between the invitation email and scheduling the interview; applicants will not need to immediately respond to the invitation or risk the potential loss of a desired interview date). 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 receive confirmation from Interview Broker 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.