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Residents & Young Ophthalmologists

Number of applicants who match into glaucoma fellowship increasing

Posted on September 2, 2021

A new study explored trends in glaucoma fellowship match results and applicant characteristics from 2010 to 2019.

In this retrospective study, blinded applicant data provided by the San Francisco (SF) Match was gathered on those who matched in glaucoma and those who did not match in any ophthalmology subspecialty between 2010 and 2017.

Matched glaucoma fellowship applicants increased from 2010 to 2019 by a mean of 3.3% per year. Similarly, the proportion of applicants to any ophthalmology fellowship who matched in glaucoma increased by a mean 3% per year.

Between 2010 and 2017, 10.7% of matched glaucoma applicants graduated from a top 10 residency program compared to 4.5% of applicants who did not match in any specialty; 93.1% attended a US medical school compared to 39.1%; and 95% attended a US residence program compared to 42.2%.

In addition, matched glaucoma applicants were more likely to have completed more interviews than applicants who did not match in any specialty.

After controlling for potential covariates, graduating from a US residency program and completing more interviews were factors associated with increased odds of matching into glaucoma.

Burton E, Arsiwala LT, Johnson TV, et al. Applicant Characteristics Associated with Glaucoma Fellowship Match from 2010-2017. Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2021:S2589-4196(21)00189-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ogla.2021.08.004. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34455134.