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Ophthalmology :: Program Information
Rush/Presby/St.Luke's/PG1
State: Illinois
Positions: 2
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 243
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 256
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 40%

Applied, Received Interview:
00013, Anonymous, Step 1: 228
00085, Anonymous, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 259, AOA
00086, University of Illinois, Step 1: 235
00488, Loyola University Chicago, Step 1: 264, Step 2: 264, AOA
00695, Boston University, Step 1: 248, AOA
02674, Georgetown University, Step 1: 228, Step 2: 241
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
03107, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 231
03156, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 262
14230, Anonymous, Step 1: 245, Step 2: 256, AOA
14243, Anonymous, Step 1: 250

Applied, No Interview:
00012, Anonymous, Step 1: 244
00084, Anonymous, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 243
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00424, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 225
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00691, Anonymous, Step 1: 224, Step 2: 233
01388, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 255
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03682, Anonymous, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 238
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
13890, Loma Linda University, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 255
13904, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14251, Anonymous, Step 1: 25

Interview Experiences
Breakfast/Intro 5 Faculty interviews Lunch Tour
4 interviews.... tour of facilites
Relaxed
~6 (1 on 1) interviews. 8am-2pm. Faculty very nice. Left thinking highly of program.
Multiple interviews (maybe 7?), some one-on-one, and always a one-on-one with the Chairman, Packo. Incredibly nice, relaxed, wonderful people
Numerous 1:1 and 2:1 interviews. Great group of people.
PD was very nosy
Program Advantages
Great location Amazing facilities Very happy residents Good faculty Early surgical experience
Great surgical volume, continuity clinic, well know faculty, great fellowship opportunities
Great numbers
Faculty are volunteer and part-time so it seems like they want to teach
Lots of personalized attention; Great didactics; Great surgeons supervising every surgery you do. Awesome facilities. Leave ready to go out and practice general. Great rep in Chicago.
Surgical volume and experience as a primary surgeon is incredible and rivaled by few programs. Close-knit groups of residents that help each other out and like to have fun. I would have loved to train here.
Faculty are passionate about teaching. Very strong in retina. Good surgical volume. Chicago is a fun city. Residents were really cool and laid back. Watched You-Tube videos while we awaited interviews.
good retina dept, affiliated with illinois eye, strong fellowship matches
Most faculty seemed nice
Program Disadvantages
2 resident program can be daunting Surgery-heavy transitional year attached if you match here
Only 2 residents, transitional year at Rush, chicago is expensive
2 residents per class, have to do their surgical intern year
Required PGY-1 (but seems fairly easy now, much different than in the past). Some good research going on, but probably difficult to be involved as a resident
No VA. Less academic than UIC, but more clinical. Very few, I'd definitely recommend this program.
Small program can be intimidating from a call perspective, in that call is consistent across PGY2 and PGY3 (there's no lull or less intense call period), and PGY4 can be intense. On the flip side, competence is reached so quickly that seniors are rarely c
Not an academic program, mandatory intern year (which is much improved from previous years and seems like a semi-cush transitional year)
UIC, northwestern are nearby