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Admissions

Qualifications

Each resident starting in the Ophthalmology Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester must obtain a Minnesota Medical License. The following additional qualifications are required:

Domestic Medical School Graduate Requirements
You must be a graduate of an accredited medical or osteopathic school located in the United States, its territories, or Canada. You must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, each within three attempts and completed within seven years, or passed the National Board, LMCC, FLEX or state exam, and completed one year of residency in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program.

Foreign Medical School Graduate Requirements
You must be a graduate of a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. You must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, each within three attempts and completed within seven years, or passed the FLEX or LMCC exam, and completed two years of residency in an ACGME program, and have an ECFMG certificate.

General Admissions Requirements
Medical and surgical residencies are open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

  • Medical and surgical residencies are open to qualified graduates of accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • Graduates from medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to qualify for admission. Information about certification and visa sponsorship, if required, is available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Mayo supports ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship for residents enrolled in graduate medical education. Mayo will support an H-1B temporary work visa under the following circumstances:
    - When J-1 visa sponsorship is unavailable – that is, the program is not eligible for ECFMG certification or the program is non-ACGME accredited and non-ABMS recognized
    - When a foreign national is a graduate of U.S. medical school
    - When a foreign national holds current H-1B status for graduate medical education at another school
  • When applying, all residency applicants must have their medical school transcripts, together with an original letter from the school's dean, sent from their medical school to MSGME.
  • All applicable licensure eligibility requirements must be fulfilled prior to starting a Mayo residency program.
  • A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required prior to starting an MSGME program.
  • Prospective residents must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Appointment Contract
Appointments are confirmed in a formal written letter of appointment from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. This letter, a copy of which you will be asked to sign and return, constitutes your formal residency appointment to Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

Resident and Fellow Policies

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