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Completion of an accredited residency training program in ophthalmology and eligibility for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology are required before the fellowship begins. International fellowship applicants must have equivalent training, and have passed the ECFMG examination.

General Admissions Requirements

Medical and surgical fellowships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

  • 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 fellows 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 a U.S. medical school
    • When a foreign national holds current H-1B status for graduate medical education at another school
  • When applying, all fellowship 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 fellowship program.
  • A preadmission health review and current immunization record are required prior to starting an MSGME program.
  • Prospective fellows must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

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

Resident and Fellow Policies

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