Vision Rehabilitation Residency: Emphasis on Low Vision Rehabilitation

General description of the residency

The Low Vision Rehabilitation (LVR) Residency is a clinical training position intended to enhance your skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with low vision ages 3 and older. The emphasis of this one-year program is on achieving competence through clinical training; however, you will also engage in scholarly activity and will be required to participate in the clinical and possibly laboratory education of optometry students.

The residency curriculum is an educational program focused on patient care primarily in the Low Vision Clinic, with some patient care in the Primary and Acute Care clinics and possibly the External Geriatrics clinic.

Dates: August 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024.

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

Facility and supervisor information

Supervisor:  Dr. Shamrozé Khan and Dr. Tammy Labreche

Location:  The majority of the residency will take place in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, with the possibility of scheduled assignment in External Geriatrics clinics, which are provided in residential facilities in the Waterloo region. A portion of the Primary Care component may be scheduled at the Health Science Campus, Kitchener (HSOC).  

Hours:  The clinical components of the residency are scheduled during WOVS operating hours. The schedule may be slightly heavier in one term than another, but in aggregate will be 5 days per week. While we expect you to study on your own time, one-half day per week is also provided for self-study, administration tasks and the didactic components provided by the residency curriculum.  Saturday clinics may be scheduled, in lieu of clinic time during a weekday. You may also be scheduled to be on-call, both inside or outside normal clinic hours.

Anticipated Weekly Curriculum:

Term 1 Fall (September – December)

Term 2 Winter (January – April)

Term 3 Spring (May – July)

Direct Patient Care (LV or PC) = 3.5

Lab Teaching =1


Direct Patient Care (LV or PC) = 2.5

Clinic Supervision (LV or PC) = 2


Direct Patient Care (PC) = 0.5

Clinic Supervision (LV or PC) = 4


0.5 days = Self Study