Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted annually through the SF Match until the last week of September.

How many hospitals are affiliated with the program?

There are two major hospitals affiliated with our program. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is the home institute for the residents and is the site of all major subspecialty rotations. Four months are spent at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center each year with a busy clinical and surgical population. Two additional months in the third year are spent at the VA. The residents enjoy working with a very diverse patient population there and see a wide range of pathology as a result.

What is call like?

Primary call is shared between the first- and second-year residents. UH Cleveland Medical Center home call is split between three first-year residents and two second-year residents rotating at UH Cleveland Medical Center at the time. The residency program covers all after hours care for both the University Hospitals and VA Hospitals systems. Primary call is shared between the first- and second-year residents, and is taken as home call. Third-year residents provide back up call for any questions or complicated cases, including management of all surgical emergencies. View a sample call schedule. (PDF)

How many surgical cases can be expected from the program?

Residents do not have to compete for general and subspecialty cases and get an ample number of surgeon and assistant surgeries. Although the first year is mostly assistant, there are opportunities for surgical procedures throughout the year. Second-year residents get at least 80-100 surgeon lasers (Focal, PRP, ALT, SLT, LPI, YAG) and are the primary surgeons on all extracapsular cataract and strabismus surgeries. There are opportunities for Intravitreal injections beginning in the second year. The bulk of surgeries come in the third year, with more than 300 procedures in total achieved by graduation. Third-year residents average over 150 cataracts and gain experience with toric and premium IOLs. They also perform trabeculectomies, corneal transplants (PKP and DSAEK), and plastic cases.

How much vacation is allowed?

Residents have three weeks (15 working days) of vacation each year. Each week of vacation is typically taken in entirety. The weekends before and after vacation week may usually also be taken as well. These weekends to not count toward vacation days.

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