Application Process

The recruitment cycle during 2021-2022 is the second during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the situation is less fluid than a year ago, there are still some uncertainties. Below is our most current information, and we will be providing updates periodically. Please look to the SF Match website or contact or program coordinator for more information.

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Our residency positions are filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program. Since we have an integrated internship, matched applicants will not need to apply through the NMRP. The next available positions will start internship July 1, 2022 and residency July 1, 2023.  These positions will be filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program process in the Fall of 2021. Please attempt to have your application submitted by the suggested SF Match deadline of September 1, 2021. We have a short, 400 word secondary essay on “Why do you want to come to UK?” that will be due Monday September 13th. We plan on sending email reminders to those that submitted applications to our program. We anticipate releasing interview invitations on the first available date of Monday, October 18, 2021. Applications may be submitted to the Ophthalmology Matching Program at http://www.sfmatch.org/.

During the 2020-2021 interview cycle, we extended invitations to interview and alternate selections to a total of 60 candidates.  Regionally, 55% were from medical schools in the south, 23% from the midwest, 7% from the west, 5% from the northeast, and 2% international.  The mean USMLE Step I score was 243, with a range of 202 to 262.  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 again 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 during the interview day. The chief and other residents will have short presentations as well during this time. Similar to last year, we will send applicants interviewing at our program some content prior to the interview, including a video tour of the facilities. We are also planning to have a few virtual hang-outs and tours during the summer and continuing to enhance our social media content.

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, 2021 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, which will be due on Monday, September 13, 2021. 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 October 18, 2021. There are 4 positions available.
  3. Ophthalmology Resident Interviews for Fall 2021 will be held on three dates:
    1. Friday, November 5
    2. Friday, November 19
    3. Friday, December 3
  4. Invitations will be initially sent to a list of applicants the exact size of the number of interview slots available. We also have a small list of alternate applicants that we expect to interview at our program as interviews are dropped/added during the process. These applicants therefore are screened and considered the same as those initially invited for interviews, and will be notified of openings per the SF Match interview process.
  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, Sarah Steen, at sarahsteen@uky.edu.