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Department Website: med.unc.edu/ophth

Faculty Member Contacts

O’Rese Knight
Medical Student Director, Assistant Professor
orese_knight@med.unc.edu
Note: Dr. Knight meets with all students

Don Budenz
Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chairman
donald_budenz@med.unc.edu

David Fleischman
Assistant Professor
david_fleischman@med.unc.edu

FAQs / Additional Info

How do students get assigned a career goal advisor?
Dr. O’Rese Knight is the career goal advisor.  Students may also receive their career goal advisor from their clinical research mentors.

Do all my rotations need to be in Ophthalmology?
No

Should I do an away rotation?  What in?
Yes, Ophthalmology at a program you’re interested in matching in.

Do I need a rotation at UNC if I spent my time in Charlotte/Asheville/Wilmington?
No

When do I need to meet with my career goal advisor?  How do I prepare?
As soon as you’re committed to Ophthalmology.  Have specific/strategic questions.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?  From whom should I get them?
Three letters, at least one ophthalmologist.  All should know you VERY WELL.

When do I ask for my letters?  What do they need?
As soon as you’re confident you can get a STRONG LETTER.

How do I determine the best programs I should apply to?
Match Programs to your CV.  Heavy on research apply to research institutions, heavy on service apply to community-based programs.

I just got this great piece of news…do I need to notify programs
No.  It should be truly earth-shattering.  Certainly, unlikely to be read once interview invites are sent out. 

I am waitlisted for an interview at X and I’d really like to see that program.  What do I do?
Email with specific reasons for interest.  New pieces of info could be helpful here but be careful.

I didn’t get an interview at X program.  Should I send them a “letter of intent”?
No.  A letter of interest would be better received.  Again SPECIFIC…I want to work with X because I‘m interested in Y career goal.  Family is okay, but everyone has family in Z town.

Should I send thank you letters to programs?
If you do send them early.  Rank lists are completed fairly quickly.

Should I send a letter to the program I am planning to rank #1?
Yes

How do I respond if a program reaches out to me after my interview?
Honestly.  If that happens, they are very interested in you.