Fourth-year students attend at least three externships staffed by adjunct clinical professors who provide mentorships to students. We have established a large number of externships. Our goal is to broaden the diversity of patient populations for our students while they undergo intensive training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of visual disorders.

In-State Externships

Air Force Bases

Vandenberg (Lompoc, CA)
Travis (Fairfield, CA)

High-volume primary care practice with occupational vision care emphasis in medical center setting.

Alameda County Medical Center

Eastmont Wellness Center (Oakland, CA)
Highland Hospital (Oakland, CA)
Hayward Wellness Clinic (Hayward, CA)

High-volume primary care emphasizing systemic disease in a low-income Hispanic and Asian population.

California School for the Blind

Fremont, CA

Specialty clinic that cares for children with low vision between the ages of 4 and 22.

Kaiser Permanente

Daly City, CA
Sacramento, CA

High volume primary care practice with emphasis in contact lens specialties in medical center setting.

Marin County Community Clinics

Novato, CA
San Rafael, CA

Primary Care clinic setting providing services to uninsured residents.

Over 60 Health Center

Berkeley, CA

Primary eye care for patients who are 60 years of age or older with a wide variety of abilities and systemic and ocular health conditions.

Petaluma Health Center

Rohnert Park, CA

Primary eye care in a multi-disciplinary setting.

UC Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

Primary vision care in campus-based student health centers emphasizing contact lens.

Veterans Administration

Fresno, CA
Livermore, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Monterey, CA
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA

Integrated optometric and ophthalmology practices in medical center settings emphasizing case co-management, ocular disease, and laser surgery.

Out of State Externships

Bascom/Palmer Eye Institute

Pediatric and Strabismus Division
University of Miami
Miami, FL

Busy referral center, offering a variety of services, including strabismus surgery, assessments for visually impaired infants.

Crow Indian Health Service

Billings, MT

Hospital and clinic based practice providing primary and emergency eye care.

Front Range Eye Associates

Front Range, CO

Primary care, contact lenses and medical optometry in a private practice setting.

Omni Eye Services

Iselin, NJ

Very busy referral centers, emphasizing ocular disease — particularly anterior segment.

Veterans Administration

Casa Grande, AZ
Hillsboro, OR
Miami, FL
Honolulu, HI
Vancouver, WA
Tacoma, WA
Reno, NV
White City, OR

Integrated optometric and ophthalmology practices in medical center settings emphasizing case co-management, ocular disease, and laser surgery.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Bethesda, MD

High-volume primary care practice in medical setting.

Externship Coordinators

The externship program is managed by Christina Wilmer, OD, Associate Dean, and Vikki Yu, OD, Externship Director