Ophthalmology Residency Application Process

The program is currently an ACGME-accredited three-year residency, with four residents at each level (PGY2 – PGY4). Accepted applicants must successfully complete a PGY1 year in an accredited program per the American Board of Ophthalmology guidelines.

Beginning with applicants that match with us in January 2021, we will become a four-year training program, incorporating the PGY-1 internship year as mandated by the ACGME. This first year of training will include 9 months of internal medicine, and 3 months of ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, followed by 3 years of dedicated ophthalmology training.

Virtual Tour Prior To Applying

We hope to create ways to virtually visit our program prior to the application deadline.  Please check back here for more info about dates, times and how to sign up/join us to find out more about our program.

Applying and Interviewing Virtually

The great strengths of our program are best realized when applicants sit down with our residents and hear them talk about the positive environment, the busy clinical and surgical experiences, and their preparedness to face the real world.  These qualities are difficult to convey from a distance, but we are doing our best to put together a virtual tour and other video and written materials to help our applicants have the best possible look at our program.

We want our applicants to have a comfortable and positive experience with the interview, because that is how we get to see he “real you”.  Please know that we are highly motivated to make the experience pleasant and technologically smooth, but be patient with us, as this is a new process for us all.

We will also endeavor to be available to answer questions you may have about our program, or the process, and welcome any input you have as an applicant to make the process better.




September 15, 2020

Submitting an Application

  1. Complete an application and register to match through SF Match

Interview Process

Applicants will be notified if they are invited for an interview.

A typical interview day lasts from either noon to 5 pm on a Friday, or 8 am to 1 pm on a Saturday. It includes:

  • An introduction to the program from the residency director
  • Personal interviews with the faculty
  • Lunch or breakfast
  • Informal time with the current residents

Applicants also tour the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and have the opportunity to attend an optional informal social event on Friday evening.