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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Program Location: Medical School
Program Address: UCSF Medical Center
8 Koret Way
San Francisco, California 94143
Phone Number: (415) 514-6920
Fax Number: (415) 514-6925
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Christina S. Wilmer, OD, FAAO


Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2021
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The UCSF Optometry Residency in ocular disease is a one year post-graduate clinical training program designed to develop advanced competency in optometric care, facilitate scholarly development, and prepare its graduates for a career in a complex, multidisciplinary healthcare environment.

Program Description:

The UCSF Optometry residency offers two resident positions each year. Residents are exposed to a variety of patient encounters, including comprehensive exams, specialty contact lens fittings, low vision evaluations, pediatrics, and management of ocular disease, including glaucoma. Residents work with several attending optometrists throughout the year as they rotate through the optometric services at UCSF. In addition to direct patient care, residents participate in scholarly development, including weekly grand rounds, journal clubs, and optometry conferences. The goal of this program is to develop the resident’s advanced clinical competency in diagnosis and management of ocular conditions within various specialty optometry clinics, while utilizing the educational opportunities available during their year of training.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1, 2021
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday through Friday, 8 am to approximately 5 pm. Urgent care follow-up may involve patient care outside these hours, but there are no on-call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Three oral case presentations

  • Residency manuscript with approval from Program Coordinator and Residency Director

  • Submission of all patient logs and evaluations

  • Favorable recommendation from Program Coordinator

Completion of all charting including obtaining co-signatures of mentors as required

Program Salary/Stipend: $48,900
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

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

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jennifer Currier, Residency Coordinator/Associate Chief of Optometry
Telephone: (415) 514-6920
Fax: (415) 514-6925
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Taras Litvin, Chief of Optometry
Telephone: (415) 514-6920
Fax: (415) 514-6925
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • Earned an optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry

  • Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA in their optometry professional curriculum. 

  • Completed and passed NBEO part I, part II and TMOD examinations, and provide official copies of the test results prior to the ORMatch matching deadline.

  • Satisfy all requirements for California licensure, including successful completion of NBEO Part III and passing the California law exam administered through the state board.

  • Personal statement or letter of intent

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

  • International candidates must be eligible for an OPT visa

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Register with ORMatch of the National Matching Services

  • Provide ORMatch with NBEO scores, letter of intent, curriculum vitae, copy of optometry school transcript, and three letters of recommendation

  • After thoroughly evaluating the applicant pool, top candidates are invited to interview at UCSF Medical Center, either in person or via telephone/video conference when the former is not possible.

  • The program coordinator and faculty members determine which candidates to rank for the match and the sequential ranking of those candidates to submit to ORMatch

  • ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match

  • The program coordinator contacts the matched candidates and confirms their intent to enroll in the residency program

  • Matched candidates submit official optometry school transcripts to the Residency Coordinator as required by the UC Berkeley Graduate Division

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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