Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Ophthalmology evaluates each eligible applicant for enrollment on the basis of professional and personal qualities of preparedness and motivation, ability and integrity, academic credentials and communication skills. The program does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status.
Applicants must fulfill the eligibility and certification qualifications outlined by the ACGME, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the California State Board of Medicine and Keck School of Medicine of USC.
- Completion of an approved medical school
- Applicants must have one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Ophthalmology residency program:
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
- Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
- Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment
- Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States jurisdiction. The institution does sponsor J1 visas and students with questions should contact the Office of International Affairs.
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
- Accepted applicants must complete a PGY-1 internship in a program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada prior to starting residency.
- The PGY-1 year must include training in which the resident has primary responsibility for patient care in fields such as internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, family medicine or emergency medicine. At minimum, six months of this year must be an extensive experience in direct patient care. A letter of successful completion and a summary performance evaluation from the internship program director are required before enrollment.
USC Department of Ophthalmology adheres to the requirements of the ACGME and Keck School of Medicine of USC. To be promoted, a resident must meet the training requirements at the time of recommendation and continue to meet those requirements through the end of the current contract year, as well as remain in compliance with all other terms and conditions of the House Staff Agreement.