Integrated Internship

Our integrated internship (PGY-1 year) will begin in 2019 with rotations in our internal medicine and ophthalmology departments. The integrated internship is strongly recommended starting with interns entering July 2020.

This internship will include two months of ophthalmology rotations, ophthalmology buddy call and increased ophthalmology exposure. Residents who choose other internships will begin over three months behind, so this structured joint internship is strongly recommended.

The interview for the internship will occur after the Match with a telephone interview. We hope this will make the process simpler and more economical for applicants with less burnout and stress and a better transition to ophthalmology residency.

Interns on the ophthalmology service, will be expected to learn how to use our EMR, how to check vision, pressure, refraction, and all technical components of an eye exam.  

We believe there are many distinct advantages to our integrated internship program:

  • Providing far more ophthalmology experience than would be possible at an outside preliminary or transitional year program. This added level of experience
  • Familiarizing yourself with the Krieger Eye Institute and Sinai Hospital, easing the transition to ophthalmology residency and providing better patient care.
  • Add in if no buddy call( all before taking any call, will make the transition to call responsibilities smoother and more effective.)
  • Becoming an integrated member of our ophthalmology team early in your training.
  • Avoiding multiple interviews for other intern year positions, saving time, money and stress.
  • Moving only once during residency.
  • Gaining familiarity with the hospital, electronic medical record, and members of other services with whom you will be working throughout the remainder of your residency.
  • Having access to our scheduled wet labs and Eyesi surgical simulator.
  • Acquiring exposure to a broad range of available quality improvement and research projects that can be carried forward through your ophthalmology residency.

We are excited to offer this integrated opportunity that promises to make our program the best in the country. In the additional two months of ophthalmology training, our residents will learn systems-based skills, have ample time for independent study, and learn basic ophthalmology exam and assessment skills which will put them far ahead by the time they begin their PGY-2 year.


For questions regarding our new combined internship feel free to contact our program administrator, Wendy Cohen at or any of our current integrated IM/Ophthalmology interns.