How to Apply

Only Central Application Service (CAS) applications will be accepted.

We take into consideration performance on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Central Application Services (CAS) applications, and CV, before extending an interview offer. Additional letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required.

Required Application Materials:

  • CAS application
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Recent Photograph

If you have questions about the application process, please call or write:

Sue Rath, Vitreoretinal Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA 52242
1-319-356-3185
susan-rath@uiowa.edu

Deadlines

The application period for both the Surgical and Medical Retina Fellowships begins through the Central Application Service of the SF Match on July 1, 2019. For your application to be considered, we must receive it by our deadline of Aug. 15, 2019. Please be sure to allow enough time to ensure our receipt of your application materials on time.

Orientation for new fellows begins July 1, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

Criteria for Applicants

Any fellow entering this program must have completed an appropriate residency program.

We take into consideration performance on the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) test and the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), letters of recommendation and personal statements, as well as Central Application Services (CAS) applications, before extending an interview offer.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only and are arranged through the Fellowship Director's office. Only candidates who are being considered seriously for appointment will be asked to appear for an interview. 

Foreign graduates must have a current, valid certificate from ECFMG or have completed at least one year in an accredited internship or residency program in the United States.

Fellows selected must apply for Iowa Licensure prior to beginning the fellowship.

Required application materials:

  • CAS application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Recent photograph

The Interview

InterviewQualifying applications will be invited to interview at our location in Iowa City on one of three dates in October or November.

During that time you will be given a tour of the facilities, meet with our Retina faculty, and be given the opportunity to attend morning rounds and observe our clinic in action.


The Department of Ophthalmology is located on the first floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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General information about the Iowa City area

The University of Iowa campus  

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