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Immunizations Required:

  • Students to obtain flu vaccine and provide documentation to The Vision Center no later than 4 weeks before start of rotation.
  • Flu vaccine is required.
  • Covid-19 vaccine and booster highly recommended. We accept medical and religious exemptions.

Clinic Attire:

  • Scrubs are permitted. No color requirement.
  • Berkeley Optometry White Coat.
  • All attire must be washed, clean and ironed.
  • Well groomed and/or shaven.
  • Non offensive body orders and oral hygiene.


  • Non covered parking spots available directly behind Suite 110.
  • All parking spots immediately in front of the clinics are for patients/patron access only and enforced by towing.

Absence Policy:

  • Any leave must be requested in writing (e-mail is acceptable) at least one (1) month in advance of the desired day off and be pre-approved by Dr. Juarez. Requested leave will be granted only at the discretion of Dr. Juarez. Personal leave is not granted during your fourth year with the exception of the following:
      • Students are allowed three (3) days off during the rotation if needed and will be expected
        to make up within the rotation. No more than 3 days can be missed in the session. More than 3 missed clinic days will result in an incomplete grade for the session.
      • Granted day off will require an assignment: PowerPoint presentation, summary of assigned journal articles on particular topics, or an AAO style case report. The type of assignment will be determined by and reviewed by Dr. Juarez.
      • NBEO Boards/Law Test:
    • Leave requests should be submitted in writing (e-mail is acceptable) at least one month in advance of the days to be taken.
        • Prefer day of test to be on a Monday or Tuesday.
    • No requests for NBEO III leave will be granted for the first two weeks of the rotation.
      • Residency Interviews – Prefer to be virtual if possible. Otherwise, schedule on a Monday or Tuesday. Minimize travel days.
    • Academic Meetings: Students may be excused to attend a national optometric meeting at the discretion of the faculty member in charge.
    • All absences are to be entered into Meditrek.
    • If you are sick and need to call in an absence, please inform Dr. Juarez via email and cell phone as soon as possible.
    • Training for optometric interns takes place the first Monday at the start of Rotation from 8am-5pm. Unless there is a federal holiday.  It is the responsibility of the intern to verify training day.