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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
230 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 10, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1996
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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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 Primary Care - Cornea and Contact Lenses is designed to provide a broad clinical experience in an advanced curriculum. The patient population is diverse and a large variety of eye and vision disorders are encountered. The resident will participate in patient care in several different clinical settings, including multidisciplinary environments and ambulatory care centers. At least two days a week are spent in the Tang Eye Center, which provides extensive exposure to anterior segment disease and urgent care management often in consultation or referral from the primary care medical staff. In addition the resident participates in the clinic at UCSF medical school. The track in primary care is designed to advance the resident's clinical knowledge, diagnostic skills, and case management. During the residency year, primary care residents will be able to tailor their clinical experience to reflect a more focused curriculum or to maintain a broad overview of optometric subspecialties. These can include ocular disease, urgent care management, cornea and contact lenses, refractive surgery, low vision, pediatrics, geriatrics, binocular vision, and clinical teaching. The primary care resident will have on-call duties, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, to round out the clinical experience. The primary care track is paired with a secondary in cornea and contact lenses. This provides the resident with additional opportunity for specialty contact lens fitting and design under the guidance of an expert contact lens mentor.

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 residency binder, required evaluations and favorable recommendation from the Chief Mentor.

Program Salary/Stipend: $37,500
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Educational Leave
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Dr. Christina S. Wilmer, Chief Mentor, Primary Care
Telephone: 510-642-0945
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 by the first day of the residency training. 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 interviews. The majority of interviews will be conducted after the application deadline of 1/10/2022. However, the residency program allows for some flexibility given student clinicians' schedules. 

Program Application Deadline: January 10, 2022

Additional Comments

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