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How to Apply

Overview - Ophthalmology Residency Match 

The Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program was established in 1977 by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) to coordinate the PGY-2 appointments for ophthalmology training programs. The AUPO sponsors the matching process and is responsible for enforcement of applicable rules. The function of SF Match is strictly limited to processing the match.

The Ophthalmology Matching Program takes place in January and will be used to process all applicants who want to start their residency training in July of the following year. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet all prerequisites for eligibility prior to registering for the match.

All applicants must complete PGY-1 prerequisite training in an ACGME approved program prior to beginning PGY-2 Ophthalmology Residency. SF Match’s Central Application Service (CAS) distributes complete applications to programs electronically. 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

  • Applicant registration opens.
  • Please note that although registration is open until the rank list deadline, applicants are encouraged to register as early as possible to allow time to apply and for interviews. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - CAS Target Date

  • This is the Target Date for applicants to complete the requirements for application distribution.
  • This is NOT a deadline. Some programs accept applications at any time; others may set a deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact training programs for individual deadline dates. 

December 2016

  • Programs and applicants begin submitting their rank-ordered preference lists. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2017 12:00 PM PST - Match Deadline

  • ALL rank lists must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) PST. After the deadline rank lists choices will be locked and no changes can be made. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2017 - Match Results (programs and US medical schools)

  • Match results are made available to programs and US medical schools through the SF Match system. Login is required to view results. 

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Match Results (applicants)

  • Match results are available to applicants. Login is required to view results. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Any post-match vacancies which remain after the match will be announced on the Immediate Vacancies page. Only programs which have indicated that they will accept applications for their unfilled positions will be listed. Contact programs directly to apply. 

July 2017

PGY-2 Ophthalmology Residency training begins.


An ophthalmologist – Eye M.D. – is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery.

Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.