Drs. Lucarelli, Burckhard and Gurwin at the Oculoplastics Skills Course 2020

Clinical Fellowships

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers seven clinical fellowships and participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Program (OFMP) sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) and American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. (ASOPRS) through the Centralized Application Service.


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Program Guidelines and Information

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To be eligible to apply for a clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Medical School: All applicants must have graduated from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • Internship: All applicants entering ophthalmology training programs must complete 1 year of postgraduate training (PGY1) in a program in the US accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME-MDs) or AOA (DO’s) or a program in Canada approved by the appropriate accrediting body in Canada. The PGY1 year must be comprised of training in which the resident is primarily responsible for patient care in fields such as emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery or transitional year. As a minimum, six months of this year must consist of a broad experience in direct patient care.
  • Three to four years in a Residency Program: In addition to a PGY-1, all applicants must satisfactorily complete an entire formal graduated residency training program in ophthalmology of at least 36 months duration (PGY4 or higher) in either the United States accredited by the ACGME or in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Eligible for the American Board of Ophthalmology qualifying examination, or currently be board certified
  • Taken and passed the USMLE steps 1, 2 (CK) and (CS), and 3 Exams; COMLEX for DOs. (Required for medical licensure)
  • Must be able to obtain an unrestricted medical license from the State of Wisconsin

International ophthalmologists who have equivalent training and have passed the ECFMG examination are welcome to apply. International fellowship candidates should also verify their medical license eligibility with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) prior to submitting an SF Match application.


  • The Department compensates clinical fellows based on the PGY scale.
  • The University of Wisconsin (UW) System offers a comprehensive benefits package to meet the diverse needs of our clinical fellows. The University contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. This is a valuable piece of employees total rewards package.

"When I was looking for a fellowship, it was really important to me to find a place that would have excellent mentorship. I wanted to make sure that I would find people that would support me, not only in developing the skills that I wanted for my career, but also throughout my career."

Julia Shatten, MD