FAQ

How many residents do you train?

We accept two new ophthalmology residents each year totaling 6 residents in all.

Are applicants required to submit USMLE Step 2 scores?

No, Step 2 scores are not a requirement for the application. However, you must pass the USMLE Steps 2 and 3 before beginning your residency.

What are the visa requirements for foreign medical graduates?

Foreign medical graduates need a J-1 visa and an ECFMG certification.

Are there additional requirements beyond what CAS requires?

No, however if there is any supplemental information you would like to send please forward it emojica@bronxleb.org at the Department of Ophthalmology or by mail to:

Evelyn Mojica  c/o Bronx Lebanon Department of Ophthalmology 1650 Grand concourse 1-C Bronx, NY 10457

What is the minimum board score required to be considered for an interview?

Although board scores are a component of our overall assessment, we have no minimum score requirement. All candidates are encouraged to apply.

What other factors do you consider in evaluating residency candidates?

We are looking for a candidate who demonstrates a commitment to ophthalmology, and a consistent academic performance. In addition we strongly consider the letters of recommendation and personal statement.

How often do you have didactics?

Morning lectures are given by faculty members, which encompass all subspecialties. In addition, our Program Director arranges for a AAO BCSC review series. Thursdays are free of elective surgeries and hence most of the required didactics and conferences are held Thursday mornings prior to clinic. Our academic calendar can be seen

Our academic calendar can be seen here.

Do you sponsor internships or transitional years?

The ophthalmology department is in the process of establishing a Transitional PGY-1 year in conjunction with the Department of Family Medicine.

Is there a wet lab?

Yes. Residents have mandatory wet lab time to improve their surgical competency. In addition to a range of surgical instruments, our wet lab includes an operating microscope and phacoemulsification machine. We also hold sponsored wet lab events throughout the academic year. See Wet Lab

Do residents have to buy a full set of instruments?

Residents much purchase their own set of ophthalmic lenses (20 D,  90 D and or 78 D), goniolens, surgical loupes and an indirect ophthalmoscope.  Resident discounts are available.

Do resident have to buy academy books, and is there a book allowance?

The department provides each resident with a set of the academy book series.  In addition Residents receive a book stipend through the CIR union which can be used toward books, a smartphone or tablet.

Do you have any fellowship programs?

No. We do not offer any fellowships at this time. The focus of our training and education is on the residents.

Is time allotted to attend national meetings?

Yes. The department funds any resident attending a national meeting who is first author on a paper or abstract. In recent years our residents have presented at the AAO, ARVO, AAPOS, NANOS, ASOPRS and ASCRS. Our third year residents attend the annual AAO meeting.

Does the program have a research requirement?

Yes. Each resident is required to produce an original research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Residents present their research data at our annual resident research symposium. Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum is our director of research who overseas the entire research program, in addition, each resident has a designated research mentor to help guide the project.

How many hospitals are covered on call?

Residents on call cover 2 hospitals that are just over a mile apart. Residents cover the ED and floor consults at  BLHC and at SBH.  Optometry residents participate in the BLHC call.

Do I need to have a car?

Residents who live off campus often commute by public transportation or take taxis when on call. However, some residents find it convenient having a car.  A call room is provided at Bronx-Lebanon, and transport between Bronx-Lebanon and SBH for on-call residents is covered by the department. If you are called in from you must see the patient with 30 minutes.

What have recent Bronx Lebanon residents done after completing the program?

Most of our residents choose to continue on to fellowship training. Our residents have gone to prestigious fellowships in a range of specialties including pediatrics, cornea and refractive surgery, vitreoretinal surgery and glaucoma. Other graduates have joined established or started their own private practices. See Where our Residents have gone.

Still have questions?

Contact us at (718) 960-1425 or emojica@bronxleb.org.