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Program Title: Pediatrics/Primary Care
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
380 Minor Hall
Berkeley, California 94720
Phone Number: 510-643-6696
Fax Number: 510-643-7111
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Kuni Kanai, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 7th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometric Residency Program at Berkeley Optometry and its affiliate programs seek to recruit and admit the best-qualified postgraduate optometrists. Our aim is to provide advanced clinical education and concentrated clinical experience in specialty areas of optometry in an institutional or hospital-based setting. This mentored educational and clinical experience will prepare optometrists for lifelong scholarship in patient care, education, and optometric leadership.

Program Description:

The specialty program in Pediatric Vision is broad-based, covering all sensory-motor aspects of visual development in infants and children. The primary goal of the pediatric residency program is to provide the resident with proficiency in optometric care and management of the pediatric population. This program includes training in vision screening, visual evaluation, monocular and binocular sensory processes, optics, binocular vision, cognition, and motor development. Residents will gain extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of anomalies of binocular vision and assessment of vision function in the normal and multi-handicapped pediatric population, using electrodiagnostic techniques (visual evoked potentials) and behavioral analysis of visual functions such as preferential looking techniques.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: Last Monday in June
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Residents are scheduled for 5 days/week and most clinics run from approximately 8am-6pm. All residents also participate in the after hours emergency on-call program.

Requirements for Completion:

Three case presentations, one formal paper, patient logs, completion of binder, required evaluations and favorable recommendation from the Chief Mentor.

Program Salary/Stipend: $32,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Dr. Deborah Orel-Bixler, Chief Mentor, Pediatrics
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:


1. Apply online with the Optometry Residency Match following the guidelines at 

2. Complete an online UC Berkeley application for Optometry Residency program at

3. For the UC Berkeley application, follow directions outlined on our website: 

4. You do not have to pay the application fee. When completing PAYMENT section, choose FEE EXEMPTION and then OPTOMETRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM from the list of eligibility. Follow the guidelines outlined in each section. 


Email with questions about your UC Berkeley online application.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

* Applicants must satisfy all requirements to allow for California licensure. This includes successful completion of NBEO Part III and passing the California law exam administered through the state board. Details about California licensure, how to take the law exam, and a copy of the California law can be found at: * Applicants must have graduated from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry, and have earned an OD degree by the time of matriculation. * It is required that applicants have achieved at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA in the optometry professional curriculum. * All applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, color, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin. The Residency Admissions Committee, chaired by the Dean, will follow the procedures of the University of California as an equal opportunity employer. * There are a limited number of positions and only the most qualified candidates will be admitted. * International candidates must be eligible for an OPT visa. * Once all the required documents are submitted, selective applicants are invited for on-campus interviews. The majority of interviews will be conducted after the application deadline of 1/7/2019. However, the residency program allows for some flexibility given student clinicians' travel schedules. * The Residency Director, Dr. Kuniyoshi Kanai, will be leading Online Information Sessions for prospective applicants this fall. To register, please click on the link Residency Program: If you wish to visit the school in-person, we will do our best to accommodate visitors and we ask that you please send your request to

Program Application Deadline: January 7th

Additional Comments

Optometry Residents at UC Berkeley are registered graduate students and may qualify for student loan deferral while registered in the program.