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Residencies at the School of Optometry and Vision Science

What is a residency?

Optometric residencies are one-year, post-graduate, experiential training programs that advance patient care skills beyond entry-level practice.  Residents provide supervised clinical eye and vision care services and experience a mix of learning methods including self-directed learning, seminar, workshop and conference participation, laboratory and clinical teaching, and scholarship activities. For more general information about residencies, please see the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) residency information web page.

Our Residency Mission Statement

To provide graduate optometrists with a program of concentrated mentored clinical experience and education designed to produce practitioners with advanced knowledge, skill and judgment in a selected area(s) of optometric practice. This will enable them to deliver advanced clinical care, practice life-long learning, and educate members of the profession.

Background

 The University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science, has offered clinical residency programs for over 40 years. All our residencies  are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and are an individually tailored program.

Residencies for 2019-2020

Cornea and Contact Lens Residency: July 22, 2019 – August 22, 2020 

Photo for CL ResidencyThe residency in Cornea and Contact Lens is designed to extend and refine the optometrist’s knowledge and skill in the areas of cornea and specialty contact lenses such as orthokeratology, corneal and scleral GP (for example keratoconus, ocular surface protection, multifocal and toric designs) and lenses for astigmatism, presbyopia and myopia control. While the focus of the one-year program is on clinical training, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in scholarly activity and will be required to present at and participate in organized seminars, as well as actively contribute to the clinical training and practical education of optometry students.  The residency curriculum is constituted as an educational program focused upon patient care primarily in the Cornea and Contact Lens Clinic.

Details can be found in our Cornea and CL Residency description (PDF).

 

Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency: July 22, 2019 – August 22, 2020 

Photo of elderly eye check upThe Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency is designed to enhance the optometrist’s knowledge and skill in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with low vision ages 3 and older. While the focus of the one-year program is on clinical training, the resident will also engage in scholarly activity and will participate in the clinical and laboratory education of optometry students. The Residency curriculum is constituted as an educational program focused upon patient care primarily in the Low Vision and External Geriatrics clinics, as well as the Primary and Acute Care clinics.

Details can be found in our Low Vision Residency description (PDF).

 

Ocular Disease – Glaucoma Residency: July 22, 2019 – August 22, 2020 

Child receiving eye examinationThe Residency in Ocular Disease and Glaucoma is designed to extend and refine the optometrist’s knowledge and clinical skills in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with ocular diseases with an emphasis on the management of glaucoma. While the focus of the one-year program is on clinical training, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in scholarly activity and will be required to present at and participate in organised seminars, as well as actively contribute to the clinical training and practical education of optometry students.
 
 
 

Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy Residency: July 22, 2019 – August 22, 2020 

Child receiving an eye examinationThe Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy Residency is a clinical post-doctoral position that is designed to extend and refine the optometrist’s knowledge and skill in specific areas of pediatric optometry and binocular vision therapy including management of dysfunctions of the eye movement, accommodative and binocular vision systems. Aspects of visual perceptual system assessment and management will also be covered. While the focus of the one-year program is on clinical training, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in scholarly activity and will be required to present at and participate in organized seminars, as well as actively contribute to the clinical training and practical education of optometry students. This Residency will be split between the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (WOVS) and Dr. Angela Peddle Optometry Profession Corporation. The residency curriculum is constituted as an educational program focused upon patient care primarily in the Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Clinic. 

Details can be found in the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency Description (PDF).

Eligibility

Residencies at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science are available to those who have received an OD degree from an ACOE accredited program, and who are eligible to hold a full general license with the College of Optometrists of Ontario prior to the residency start date. For more information regarding optometric licensure in Ontario, please go to the College of Optometrists of Ontario website

Application procedure

Please register via ORMatch in order to be considered for a residency position.  The last day applicants can submit applications to our program using the ORMatch Application Service is January 31, 2019. For Canadian-educated applicants: for the OE tracker number, you can enter your OEBC ID, and enter "100P" for the NBEO Examination score. Any other fields that are not applicable may be left blank or you may enter N/A. 

In addition to submitting an application to ORMatch, please send the following by 12:00 PM EST, January 31, 2019 as instructed below:

Applications are made directly to Dr. Lisa Christian (Associate Director for Clinical Education and Professional Affairs), but mailed or emailed to Stephanie Forsyth at the address below. The application should include:

  • a letter of application/interest (indicate in which of these positions you are interested)
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 3 letters of reference (these should be sent directly to Stephanie Forsyth)
  • official Doctor of Optometry transcripts (hard copies to be sent directly from the University/College to Stephanie Forsyth). Transcripts of other higher degrees may be included, if relevant. Unofficial OD transcripts can be sent initially and shortlisting may be based on these, but official transcripts are required before the interview, if one is offered. Please note University of Waterloo graduates are not required to provide transcripts as we can access them directly. 

Forward all required application documents to:

Stephanie Forsyth (sforsyth@uwaterloo.ca)  
Administrator for Residencies
School of Optometry and Vision Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada

Interviews

Qualified applicants will be offered to come to the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science for an interview.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than February 5, 2019. Unfortunately, applicants who do not receive an interview will no longer be considered for admission.

Residency interviews will be conducted at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science on Friday February 22, 2019.  The Residency interview will consist of the following:  

  • A personal interview with residency supervisors
  • A written assessment of clinical decision making
  • A round table discussion with current and/or past residents
  • Lunch with residency supervisors
  • A tour of our facilities

Shortlisting and final selection are based on the merits of the applicant, including all aspects of the application package and interview. The applicant who is considered the best applicant is chosen, with no regard to gender, age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, place of origin, citizenship or religion. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, a person has the right to equal treatment in employment, free from discrimination based on the following prohibited grounds: race; ancestry; place of origin; colour; ethnic origin; citizenship; creed/religion; sex; sexual orientation; age; record of offences; marital status; same-sex partnership status; family status; receipt of public assistance; mental or physical handicap.  (see here: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat/policies-procedures-guidelines/policy-33)