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Rotations at four sites provide diverse training.

Application Information


One of the greatest strengths of the UCSF training program is the four diverse training sites. As one of the regions academic referral centers, UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay treat a plethora of complicated cases and rare disease types in adults and children. Also while at UCSF, time at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation is integrated into the rotations to gain greater training in infectious and inflammatory diseases of the eye.  Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) is a safety-net hospital and the only Level I Trauma Center of San Francisco. The patient population here includes recent immigrants and patients who could otherwise not afford care. This hospital provides an amazing opportunity to manage end stage disease, trauma, and infectious diseases of the eye. Finally, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SF VAMC) is the veterans referral center for all of Northern California. Experience here provides a number of interesting cases and high surgical volumes. First year residents have the opportunity to perform extra-capsular cataract extraction at SFGH and the SF VAMC. The combination of these sites makes for a thorough and challenging residency program.



First Year:

After the summer session, the year is divided into five 7-8 week blocks.  Three rotations are the University of California (UC) Medical Center at Parnassus, one rotation at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center (SF VAMC), and one rotation is at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).   First years take primary call for UC and the SF VAMC.  Primary call at SFGH is split between all years.

  • Summer Session
  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • UC Parnassus Comprehensive and Neuro-ophthalmology
  • UC Parnassus Subspecialty
  • UC Parnassus Oculoplastic Surgery
Second  Year:
The second year is divided into five 10 week rotations. One block is spent at the SF VAMC and SFGH each. Another block is spent on the pediatric service at the UC Medical Center at Mission Bay. The remaining two rotations are at the UC Medical Center at Parnassus where each resident rotates on the vitreoretinal service and on a combined 5 week cornea / 5 week research block. The research experience may include international travel if desired. Second years take call for the Pediatrics and Retina services, as well as primary call at SFGH.

  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • UC Parnassus Cornea and Research
  • UC Parnassus Retina
  • UC Mission Bay Pediatrics
Third Year:
During the third year each resident services at the chief resident on each service through which they rotate.  The five third year rotations include UC Cornea (including refractive surgery), UC Glaucoma/Oncology, UC Comprehensive, SF VAMC, and SFGH.  Third years take back-up call for all UC rotations, as well as primary call at SFGH.

  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • UC Parnassus Cornea
  • UC Parnassus Glaucoma/Oncology
  • UC Parnassus Comprehensive