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The Eyes Have It


While most of the newly minted 4th year students are anxiously awaiting next week’s opening of ERAS for Match 2017, for students that are interested in Ophthalmology, your application portal (CAS) opened yesterday for you to start preparing your residency application. There are some new changes to the Ophthalmology application process this year which are summarized below:

  1. The school also is now able to upload documents earlier. Instead of waiting until September 15th, we can now upload them as soon as you register.
  2. You can now upload many documents on your own, instead of via the post office. This includes college transcripts and USMLE scores. Hard copies are still accepted, but must be in one packet
  3. The medical school has increased ability to upload documents on your behalf. We always could upload transcripts and your MSPE. Now we can upload letters of recommendation as well. Because this is a change and because this is different than for the rest of the medical students, we have outlined a process for this as illustrated here:

Ophthalmology Letter Submission Process

Remember this DOES NOT apply to letters for Transitional/Preliminary years. Those still need to go through ERAS.

The idea is to make the process easier and more useful for applicants and hopefully that will be the case. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, make sure to let me know. We are always happy to help out.



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Michael McKenna

Dr. McKenna is a graduate of IU School of Medicine, where he also completed a pediatric residency. He served as chief resident and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency p...