This unique opportunity is especially geared to physicians committed to academic careers in ophthalmology, combining basic science with clinical practice in a five or six-year curriculum. Trainees select their faculty mentors and laboratories or research groups from a wide range of participants throughout the UCLA School of Medicine, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Public Health, Clinical Scholars Program and RAND Graduate School.
The curriculum is a blend of graduate courses, laboratory research and clinical training. The trainee is expected to commit three years to the residency program in ophthalmology and conduct vision science research for three years to obtain a PhD or three years for post-doctoral fellowship. Each trainee's educational course is individualized depending on his or her background, interests and needs. Research training occurs in the initial years of the curriculum, with ongoing clinical conferences and activities. The goal of the program is to generate leaders in ophthalmology who are investigators as well as practitioners—physicians who are as comfortable at the laboratory bench as in the examining or operating rooms.
Applicants to the EyeSTAR Program must apply through SF Match and submit a supplemental EyeSTAR Program Application along with three (3) EyeSTAR Program Evaluation Forms and letters of recommendation. These should be sent directly to the Stein Eye Institute EyeSTAR Program following the instructions on the forms. The program administrator must receive all supplemental application materials by September 30. (link to supplemental application)
EyeSTAR Program Information
Yolanda McNair, Program Administrator
Phone: (310) 825-5931