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Barraquer 2020 MIR (House officer) selection process

The deadline for receiving applications is closed.

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Why Barraquer?

A medical residency at Barraquer allows students to see pathologies that are difficult to find in other centres. It offers a unique combination of a solid trajectory and innovation. In addition, it provides training in other fundamental skills of the profession: excellent patient treatment, team work, public speaking ability and research skills. 

  • Internationally renowned Centre.

  • Training in all subspecialisms of ophthalmology.

  • Wide range of pathologies and complicated cases, with patients from all over the world.

  • Constantly updating our equiment and facilities for teaching.

  • Preparation for the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) exam and thus earning the official qualification as a specialist recognised in Europe. 

In figures

5 Positions every year

+130 Trained MIR

37 Years

100% Passed the EBO exam

0% Dropout rate

Make your application

To apply for a place as a house officer at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, you need to get a good score in the MIR exam, complete the form at the end of the page and send the following information to

  • Application form, available in the downloadable material at the end of this page.
  • CV with a photograph.
  • Cover letter.
  • Degree certificate, proof of having obtained the degree or corresponding official recognition.
  • Academic record.
  • Certificate proving your level of English.
  • Photocopy of your valid ID document or passport.

The deadline for submitting the required documentation for the next session is specified in the next section.

We seek professionals with a clear vocation for ophthalmology, who are patient-oriented and fully dedicated to acquiring the knowledge we make available.

Selection process

House officer selection is an objective and impartial process designed by a specialist external consultancy firm. We put particular emphasis on the results of the MIR exam and the candidate's personal abilties. The admission exams are grouped into the following phases: 

  • Phase 1 >  Evaluation of the candidate's CV, academic record and cover letter. The deadline for accepting candidates is permanently extended until indicated otherwise by the Ministry. 
  • Phase 2 > Online pschyotechnical test.
  • Phase 3 > Written exam on theoretical concepts in ophthalmology.
  • Phase 4 > Final selection at a personal interview.

Además de determinar los seleccionados finales, la Comisión de Docencia, compuesta por miembros del Centro de Oftalmología y del Instituto Barraquer, informa de los resultados de las pruebas a medida que estas van sucediendo con el objetivo de que todos los candidatos puedan organizar su logística personal.

Typical itinerary

The typical itinerary for our specialisation in ophthalmology is available for your consultation. The file, which you can download at the bottom of this page, indicates:

  • Organisational structure: facilitites, services, subspecialisation departments, structure in our area of teaching and certifications.
  • Training guide: programme, training objectives, levels of responsibility to be acquired and teaching methodology.

"I realised that my vocation was ophthalmology and I chose Barraquer as it's an internationally acclaimed centre"

Alix de Faria, first year house officer

The doctor explains the selection process and her incorporation as a house officer at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, after obtaining place 221 in the house officer (MIR) exam. 

"You can get an excellent academic education with plenty of commitment and responsibility here.

Marta Carrera, second year house officer

The theoretical training, the clinical sessions, the quarterly exams in a similar format to the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) exams and the compulsory scientific article reading list are some of the aspects that our house officers highlight.

"I'm very well trained and I think I'm in a position to deal with any professional challenge."

Pablo Sanjuán, final year house officer.

The resources we give the house officers provide them with added value. After finishing a medical residency at Barraquer, Dr. Sanjuán stayed on at the Centre by way of a Fellowship programme.