Stanford Ophthalmology Advanced Research Residency Program

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For residents who would like to develop and maintain an active research program throughout residency, the department will sponsor a pre-residency research year, typically after the intern year and prior to initiating their first of three years of clinical ophthalmology training.

Stanford Ophthalmology Advanced Research Residency Program (SOAR)
Specialty Ophthalmology
Hospital affiliation(s)
Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Childrens' Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Academic affiliation
Stanford University School of Medicine
Director Suzann Pershing, MD, MS
Director email
Location Palo Alto, California, United States of America
Language English
Website Stanford Opthalmology
NRMP Number
SF Match 3322

Program Description

Participants will establish a research program under faculty mentorship and supervision and will be able to continue their research throughout their residency. Financial support for the extra year and for research resources throughout the subsequent clinical years will be provided by the department in collaboration with the successful applicant, at a level commensurate with research resource needs from the candidate and the mentor. It is expected that this will allow the successful SOAR resident to initiate a research program that, while still benefiting from mentorship, will lead to their independent research program as a junior faculty member following clinical training. It is further expected that this program will accelerate their readiness to compete for faculty positions and NIH and other funding.

Application Process

Interested candidates typically express their interest in SOAR Program during fall ophthalmology residency interviews. If selected, successful candidates withdraw from the SF Match program, but continue to internship, planning their research gap year between internship and clinical residency years.

Program Information

  • Year 1 – Internship, reenter match cycle with guaranteed match following research gap year. During this year, work to establish research and mentorship plan.
  • Year 2 – Research year at Stanford.
  • Year 3-5 – Ophthalmology clinical residency with elective time throughout for research continuity.

Contact Information


Stanford Ophthalmology Residency