Three schools in three days

March 4, 2009

I was fortunate to be able to visit SUNY State College of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and New England College of Optometry Feb. 11-13.  The AOA sponsored faculty lunches, each attended by 25-30 faculty members and student events (each attended by between 125 and150 students from various classes).  The deans/presidents and administrators at all three schools and colleges welcomed the AOA, discussed their curricula and gave tours of their academic and clinical facilities. 
 The topic of greatest interest at all three schools was board certification.  I emphasized to faculty the “mentor” role they play and encouraged them to encourage their students to be active in organized optometry. 
With students, I emphasized the importance of getting involved, even if they weren’t sure what sort of practice they’d be involved in and that involvement in the profession was the surest way to keep it secure.

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