Ophthalmology Residency

The University of Minnesota offers an outstanding clinically oriented training program in ophthalmology. Our graduates feel well-trained and comfortable entering private practice or the most competitive fellowships. All subspecialties are represented and expose our residents to dedicated teaching faculty and a wide variety of patients.  

Training occurs at the University of Medical Center and the affiliated teaching hospitals, which include Hennepin County Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital.  The joint preliminary year is conducted at the Hennepin County Medical Center.  This unique blend of clinical sites affords varying levels of independence and teaching methods. 

Our department strives to develop outstanding practitioners who also feel equipped to teach and perform clinical or basic science research.




Trainees are paid an annual stipend as stated in the Residency/Fellowship Agreement and in the program's Policy Manual. Trainees receive their stipend via a biweekly paycheck. Trainees are encouraged to use the direct deposit system, as physical checks have the potential of being lost or delayed in the mail. Paychecks are mailed or credited to bank accounts of those using the direct-deposit system on these payroll dates.


Benefits for medical residents and fellows are managed through the UMN Office of Student Health Benefits. View the OSHB Resident/Fellow Benefits site for comprehensive information about the resident/fellow benefit package, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance.

Additional Perks

  • Lab Coats
  • Pagers
  • On-Site Parking at all hospitals
  • Hospital meal stipends
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course Books
Application Details

SF Match
Applications must be submitted through the SF Match Program.  The University of Minnesota Ophthalmology Residency accepts J1 visas only.

Joint Preliminary Year
The joint preliminary year is offered through Hennepin County Medical Center, which consists of three months of ophthalmology, six months of medicine, one month of neurology, and one month in the emergency department.