Affiliate Residency Program: Ocular Disease / Emphasis on Glaucoma

Affiliate Residency Program: Ocular Disease / Emphasis on Glaucoma

Clinique d’Optometrie des Laurentides, Boisbriand, Quebec

The School of Optometry and Vision Science will be offering a 13-month non-accredited residency at the Clinique d’Optometrie des Laurentides in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on Glaucoma. The Clinique d’Optometrie des Laurentides is a French-speaking environment. The resident may experience a wide diversity and complex clinical findings in the sub-discipline areas of glaucoma, anterior segment disease, posterior segment/neurological disease and acute care. In addition to patient care, the residency is supplemented by seminars, grand rounds, discussion groups, journal clubs, e-portfolios and writing workshops.  Preparation of a suitable paper for submission is required of the resident participating in the residency.

Date of Residency: August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.

Current Position Available: 1


$38,000 per year. For benefits and other information, please see the Residency FAQs.

Facility and supervisor information

Primary Supervisor at the Clinique d’Optometrie des Laurentides:  Dr. Dan Samaha OD, MSc.

Additional supervisors at Clinique d’Optométrie des Laurentides

Dre. Marie Eve Gray, OD

Dr. Sebastien Gagne, MD, FRCSC, glaucoma subspecialist

Dr. Mike Kapusta, MD, FRCSC, retinal surgery subspecialty

Location: The Residency will be located at Clinique d’Optométrie des Laurentides

6110 Doris Lussier, suite 302, Boisbriand, PQ, J7H 0E8


The Affiliate Residency is a full-time position that will include, direct patient care, intern supervisors, on-call emergency care and scholastic activity.  There is an expectation that personal study time over and above this, will be required.

Anticipated Weekly Curriculum:

Term 1 Fall

(August – December)

Term 2 Winter

(January – April)

Term 3 Spring

(May – August)

3.5 days of emergency clinic

1 day of either retina or glaucoma (observation followed by direct patient care after ~ 2-3 weeks)

2-3 days emergency clinic

1.5-2.5 days in glaucoma and retina clinic

2 days emergency clinic*

2.5 days retina/ glaucoma clinic*

* may be adjusted according to self and preceptor assessment

0.5 days = Self Study


The clinical components of the residency are scheduled during operating hours at either Clinique d’Optométrie des Laurentides. The schedule may be slightly heavier in one term than another, but in aggregate will be 5 days per week. Self-study is expected in the resident’s own time; however, one half day per week is also scheduled for self-study, administration tasks and the didactic components provided by the residency curriculum.  Saturday clinics will be scheduled, in lieu of clinic time during a weekday.  The resident may be scheduled to be on-call, both inside or outside normal clinic hours.


    Residencies at the 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 of registration in the province of Quebec. For more information regarding optometric licensure in Quebec, please visit the Ordre des Optometristes De Quebec website.

    Application Procedure

    The application deadline is February 15, 2022 by 12:00 PM EST.

    Address your applications to Dr Dan Samaha, and email your documents to the Administrator for Residencies at the address below. Your application should include:

    • Letter of application/interest
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Three letters of reference (Applicants are required to submit one internal reference letter from their school and two additional references that may be either internal or external. A variety of references are suggested)
    • Official Doctor of Optometry transcripts (hard copies to be sent directly from the University/College to the Administrator for Residencies). You may include transcripts for other higher degrees may be included, if relevant. You may send unofficial OD transcripts initially but official transcripts will be required before you are offered an interview. Please note University of Waterloo graduates are not required to provide transcripts as we can access them directly.

    Please send all required application documents electronically to:


    If you are granted an interview, you will be notified by email no later than February 22, 2022. Unfortunately, if you do not receive an interview, you will no longer be considered for admission.

    Virtual interviews will be conducted during the period of February 28 to March 11, 2022. The residency interview will consist of the following: 

    • Personal interview with residency supervisors
    • Oral assessment of clinical decision making
    • Round table discussion with current and/or past residents

    Short-listing and final selections will be made based on merit, as determined by your application package and interview, with no regard to gender, age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, place of origin, citizenship or religion. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code and University of Waterloo policy, all applicants have 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.