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Application Process

Considering Wilmer

The Wilmer Residency Program seeks to attract a diverse group of individuals who are committed to developing an understanding of diseases of the eye and are dedicated to using that knowledge to providing excellent and ever-improving patient care. The program offers a wealth of resources to foster ophthalmology resident education and development including outstanding faculty clinicians, experienced researchers and scientists, a modern dedicated ocular OR, a fully equipped practice laboratory, a newly renovated library with a full-time librarian, and dedicated ophthalmology nursing, photography and ocular imaging services.

Before joining the program, many residents have pursued degrees in other interest areas (including physics, biology, physiology, business, public health, government), have worked in business and technology, have spent time exploring research interests, have traveled or lived in foreign countries, or have been involved in public outreach programs. Graduates of the residency program also pursue various career opportunities. Many have chosen to follow their residency with additional fellowship training and have consistently matched in the programs of their choice. Following the completion of their training, our resident alumnae pursue their varied interests in academic positions, private practice, public health, clinical activities and research.

Residency applications to the Wilmer Program are processed through the Central Application Service (CAS) provided by the San Francisco Matching Program. For more details on how to submit the necessary application, please refer to No additional application materials are required. Use of CAS is mandatory for all applicants.

Please note that it is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that all offers of a house staff position (as well as offers to applicants for medical school or fellowship in any Graduate Medical Education program sponsored by Johns Hopkins) are conditional, based on a review of the prospective house officer’s criminal background. The University reserves the right to rescind an offer of appointment to any educational or training program, including the Wilmer Eye Institute, to any individual whose background investigation reveals a history of criminal conduct that:

a) the University reasonably determines increases the risk of harm to patients or individuals on Johns Hopkins premises; or
b) was not accurately disclosed in response to a direct question regarding criminal history on any application for admission or appointment in connection with the program; or
c) is inconsistent with the high standard of ethical conduct required of all members of the academic community or is otherwise unbefitting a member of the academic community. A complete description of the policy is available upon request.

Interview Process

Approximately 35 individuals will be invited to visit Wilmer and interview with the Residency Selection Committee.  The interview dates for 2015 are October 15 and October 22.  An interview day consists of a welcome and overview of the program by Dr. Peter McDonnell, Chairman and Director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Dr. Neil Miller, Chairman of the Residency Selection Committee, and Dr. Divya Srikumaran, Residency Program Director. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with every member of the selection committee.

The resident selection committee has representative members, including the Wilmer Eye Institute and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Current residents will be available throughout the interview day and will also host social events that will provide ample opportunity for you to have any questions answered.

The residency selection process prohibits programs from directly contacting applicants following their interviews. However, should you have any remaining questions or concerns that you wish to have addressed, our faculty, residents and staff are happy to answer any questions. Our residency coordinator, Cathy Taylor, can put you in contact with the appropriate person to answer your questions.

Please feel free to use the following contacts for further applicant information:

San Francisco California
Ophthalmology Matching Program

Senior Residency Program Coordinator
Cathy Taylor

Residency Selection Committee Members:
Neil R Miller, M.D. (Committee Chair)               Neuro-Ophthalmology 
Peter J. McDonnell, M.D.Director
Akrit Sodhi, M.D., Ph.D.Retina
Robert S Weinberg, M.D.Cornea/Uveitis
Fasika Woreta, M.D., M.P.H.Cornea
Divya Srikumaran, M.D(Program Director)Cornea
Nicholas Mahoney, M.D.Oculoplastics
Derek Welsbie, MD, Ph.D.Glaucoma
Bryn Burkholder, M.D.
Shameema Sikder, MD.




Current and Future Assistant Chiefs of Service: 
Ian Han (2015-2016)Retina
Mira Sachdeva (2016-2017)Retina


Sanford Greenberg Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Thorne Appointed President-elect of American Uveitis Society- 5/17/16

Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler Elected to the ATA College of Fellows- 5/13/16

Dr. Arevalo Launches New Book at ARVO 2016- 5/09/16

Dr. Elia J. Duh is elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation- 4/28/16

Dr. Maria Valeria Canto Soler Wins BrightFocus Award for Macular Degeneration Research- 4/27/16

Three Wilmer Faculty Voted Most Influential in Field of Ophthalmology- 4/22/2016

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu Wins Pisart Award for Significant Achievement in Vision Science Research- 4/21/16

Dr. Eghrari Receives Alcon Early Career Research Award- 4/13/16

Dr. Quigley Honored by American Glaucoma Society- 4/11/16

Dr. Ian Pitha Awarded Grants for Glaucoma Research- 4/11/16