The residency program at Berkeley Optometry admits the best qualified post-graduate optometrists and provides them with advanced clinical education and concentrated clinical experience in specialty areas of optometry. We offer both an on-campus and an off-campus residency program, each of which requires a different application process and set of admissions requirements.

Program Goals

  • Improve the resident’s proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care.
  • Train the resident to become an effective educator and communicator.
  • Enhance the resident’s didactic knowledge of clinical eye care.
  • Develop the resident’s ability to critically and comprehensively review the literature, and to present that knowledge in both oral and written form.

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.

Residency Info Sessions

Sign up for one of our online FREE information sessions to learn more about our residency program. We’ll discuss the application process, as well as the seven different residency tracks available at Berkeley Optometry: cornea and contact lens, vision therapy and rehabilitation, low vision rehabilitation/ocular disease, pediatric optometry/primary care, ocular disease, primary care/community health, and primary care/contact lens. The information sessions will be facilitated by the Director of the Residency program, Dr. Kuniyoshi Kanai.

Session Dates

Thursday, October 20th @ 12-1pm (PST)
Thursday, November 17th @ 6-7pm (PST)
Thursday, December 15th @ 6-7pm (PST)

Please click the button below to register. Once you have registered, we will send you a link to join the session.


On Campus Residencies

Residents taking part in the on campus program will see patients at the Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center — which is located adjacent to Minor Hall, home of Berkeley Optometry — and The Tang Eye Center, which is located within the University Health Services building, as well as the satellite clinics that are directly managed by Berkeley Optometry.

On Campus Program

Off Campus Residencies

Off campus residents apply directly to Veteran Administration (VA) facilities in Fresno, Palo Alto, San Francisco, or Reno.

Off Campus Program

Requirements for Awarding of Certificate

All program requirements must be fulfilled, which include:  three case presentations, one formal paper, patient logs, completion of binder, required evaluations and favorable recommendation from the chief mentor.  

Certificate award requirements at VA residencies may be somewhat different.

Journal Club

The journal club is a group of residents who meet regularly to discuss scholarly articles pertaining to their area of interest.

Journal Club