Integrated Preliminary Year

Starting July 1, 2021, the Los Angeles General Medical Center/USC Roski Eye Institute will transition to an integrated ophthalmology program format in compliance with ACGME guidelines. The integrated internship year at Los Angeles General Medical Center is specifically designed to give interns exposure to a broad variety of clinical specialties that will help them become exceptional ophthalmologists. Ophthalmology interns will spend 3 months rotating with the Los Angeles General Medical Center Ophthalmology service and gain experience in developing fundamental ophthalmology skills and building a strong ophthalmic knowledge foundation prior to starting the 3-year residency. Residents applying during the fall of 2021 will be applying for both the integrated ophthalmology internship year and ophthalmology residency, with a planned start date of July 1, 2022.

Integrated Preliminary Year Curriculum (4-week blocks)

The integrated ophthalmology internship year is divided into 12 blocks. The planned rotations are listed below:

  • 3 blocks Internal Medicine
  • 3 blocks Ophthalmology
  • 2 blocks General Surgery
  • 1 block ENT
  • 1 block Emergency Room
  • 1 block Neurology
  • 1 blocks Rheumatology