Coronavirus Updates

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Berkeley Coronavirus Information


Eye Center Open for Essential Services Only

Due to the “Shelter at Home” directive, Berkeley Optometry is providing essential eyecare only. All classes and clinical teaching will be remote and online. We will review clinic operations on April 13th.

First Year OD Students

To further protect our community, all in-person classes have been moved to an online only format. Additionally, all in-person exams will be given online. There will be no remote lab or pre-clinic based teaching until after spring break. Didactic, remote, online teaching will continue this week as planned and after spring break. We will communicate frequently with updates and resume normal campus based teaching as soon as we are able.

Second Year OD Students

All teaching will be remote only, for the foreseeable future. There will be no remote lab or pre-clinic based teaching until after spring break. Didactic, remote, online teaching will continue this week as planned and after spring break. We will communicate frequently with updates and resume normal campus based teaching as soon as we are able.

Third Year OD Students

Third year students will be released from clinical care from Tuesday March 17 to Monday April 13. Students will be engaged in required remote clinical learning and academic work from Monday March 30th until Monday April 13th. This return to clinic date will be continually assessed to determine the safety of doing so and remote curriculum will be extended beyond April 13th if required. Essential eye care will require fewer interns and schedules will be modified to allow continuity of clinical training with reduced contact time. 

Fourth Year OD Students

As of Tuesday March 17th, 4th year students both on internal and external rotations are being released from clinical patient care to required remote learning and academic work. In the event that it is safe to return to full clinic operations 4th year students will be recalled and reinstated to previously scheduled clinical training.  

Optometry Residents


Residents will continue to provide essential eye care services and to engage in academic work as scheduled and as determined by the Residency Director and Chief Mentor.  

Vision Science Students

Vision Science students will work with PIs to establish how to minimize on campus work and be remote as much as possible. GSIs should take direction from their instructor in charge. Classes will continue to be offered remotely.

Clinic Staff

Clinic staff will continue to support the reduced clinical operations as needed. Essential staff will continue to support the school’s operations as needed.

Faculty

As of Tuesday March 17th, essential and urgent eye care will be provided by residents and clinic faculty at on and off campus clinics. We will review the situation and determine whether we can reintroduce student learners after April 13th.