Additional Information

Immunization policy

Prior to participating in any of the clinics, the Clinic Director requires all residents to provide up-to-date proof of immunization for:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus and diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B
  • Other immunizations as may be required (e.g., in the event of a change in policy or an emergent epidemic).

Interns must also present verification of a tuberculin skin test in the past 12 months.

General information and Benefits

Health care

Residents are entitled to extended health care. Details can be found here.

Vacation and attending conferences

The resident is entitled to 10 days of paid vacation and 10 days of paid leave for attending conferences. Up to $2000 in funding will be provided toward travel to optometric meetings. Residents are also entitled to statutory holidays as outlined here

College Fees

The School of Optometry will pay one year fees to the College of Optometrists of Ontario. This will be for the year commencing in January of the residency programme.

Liability Insurance

The University of Waterloo’s general liability insurance policy, including professional and malpractice liability insurance, provides coverage for current University of Waterloo residents, in respect of any activity required by the discipline within their University of Waterloo program, whether their education or training is conducted on or off the campus.