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Application process

Applicants interested in the ophthalmology residency program at Northwell Health should apply through the central application service provided by the San Francisco Matching Program.

Essential application information includes:

  • Completed central application service form
  • USMLE transcript(s)
  • College transcript(s)
  • Medical school transcript(s)
  • A personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable

Applicants selected for interview will be contacted via email.

Interview process

Northwell Health invites about 40 candidates to visit our campuses and interview with the selection committee. The night preceding the interview, an optional social gathering takes place with the applicants and current residents of the program in NYC. This gives our applicants a chance to learn a little bit about the program in a relaxed, neutral environment. During the interview day, candidates are welcomed by the program director, Dr. Jules Winokur, and Department Chair, Dr. Ira Udell. Throughout the day, candidates meet with faculty and current residents to learn more about the training program.

Following the interview, current residents are available to answer any additional questions about the program and living in the area.

The residency selection process prohibits programs from contacting applicants directly following their interview. However, candidates can contact residents and staff to answer any remaining questions or concerns you may have.

Salary & benefits

As part of Northwell Health, our residents can take advantage of many benefits offered to employees, as well as specific benefits just for our trainees. Some of these benefits include:

  • Subsidized housing on hospital campuses
  • Health and welfare
  • Retirement savings
  • Four weeks paid time off
  • Free basic & clinical science series books
  • Two white coats with laundry service
  • Scrubs
  • Consult bag & equipment