Frequently Asked Questions
- How many positions does your program offer?
There are seven positions available each year.
- What is your accreditation status?
We received full accreditation from the Residency Review
Committee during our last review.
- Do you accept foreign medical graduates?
- How many letters of recommendation are needed?
In addition to the Dean's letter, three letters of
recommendation from faculty members must be submitted.
- Are elective rotations available?
Yes, two and four week elective rotations are available which
include opportunities to see patients in clinic as well as observe surgery in
the operating room at Bellevue , the VA Hospital, and Manhattan Eye, Ear &
Throat Hospital .
- Is an elective rotation necessary for strong consideration as
No, but it is recommended.
- Are housestaff required to do research?
Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research.
There are many research opportunities with our faculty. A number of our residents in
recent years have published peer-reviewed journal articles. Others have received
awards for their work. The attendings are eager to involve residents, if a resident
chooses to participate.
- What are the didactic session like?
We have morning lectures beginning at 7:15AM two to three
times a week in all subspecialties. Our institution also hosts the Greater New
York Clinical Ophthalmology Lecture Series on Wednesday evenings, which is held
for residents from all over Manhattan . In addition, beginning in January, we
attend Tuesday evening lectures at Beth Israel geared toward preparation for
the OKAP exam.
- Is there a basic science course for the first years?
Yes, The basic science course is taught by the faculty at
NYU, and it generally runs from July to Thanksgiving. The lectures are two hours
a day, 8:00-10:00 AM, when you will be excused from clinic.
- What are your minimum scores for USMLE, step 1 & 2?
We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement. Our program
is highly competitive and the entire application is reviewed thoroughly. The USMLE
Step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process, however, must
be submitted once you are selected into the program. USMLE scores are required for
- Do your residents go on to competitive fellowships?
Our residents have been very successful in obtaining their
choice of fellowship positions, in every subspecialty, at the top programs in the
country. In recent years, the large majority of graduating residents have gone on
to fellowship training in all fields including oculoplastics, cornea, retina,
glaucoma and pediatrics.
- Is subsidized housing available?
Subsidizing Housing is available 64th street and 1st Ave
near Manhattan Eye & Ear and near NYU Medical Center . See details under Benefits.
- When does your program start?
There is a one-week orientation for all incoming interns,
including Bellevue , NYU Medical Center and departmental sessions. Orientation is
scheduled at the beginning of July of each academic year.