optometry students

A tale of two state boards
A tale of two state boardsEvery summer I think about the most recent brigade of freshly minted ODs who have survived four years of optometric boot camp and a challenging gauntlet of National Board Exams. I picture students charging forth across the “no-man’s land” of changing healthcare landscape, lugging their backpacks full of six-figure student debt. My “tale of two state boards” is dedicated to these young comrades in arms.
Would you want your kids to become optometrists?I have two kids in college, and up until last year, they never showed an interest in becoming an optometrist. Like many of you, I had them work in the offices doing all the glamour jobs—licking recall stamps, counting frames, taking out trash, cleaning baseboards, and many of the other jobs that often cause a revolt of paid employees.
Q&A: William To, 2016 Doctor of Optometry Candidate, Western University of Health SciencesI always wanted to help people and be in health care. It did take me a little while to figure out where in health care. I was going the pre-dental route originally—I worked in at a dental office as an assistant during undergraduate. I liked it a lot. But, anybody who meets me, one of the first things they’ll tell you is that I’m a big people person, I like meeting people, I like talking to people, and in dental that’s more of a one-way conversation, it’s not quite the same.
What students, ODs gain from private practice internshipsDavid Kading, OD, FAAO, discusses the advantages of private practices internships with two fourth-year optometry students—Gabe Ficket from Southern College of Optometry, and Sean Cudahy from Pacific University College of Optometry—both of whom are completing internships at Dr. Kading’s practice in Kirkland, WA.
A VA residency offers more than meets the eyeIt’s 8:15 a.m. on Monday, and we are getting ready for another day of typical patient care while gulping down the last sips of our morning coffee. The first 8:30 a.m. patient arrives, and one of us heads out to greet him in the lobby.
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015Congratulations to you, your loved ones, professors, and especially your bankers and lenders. Welcome to the jungle. There are some laws in here you need to know about.
Best and worst states to practice in 2015Medscape recently released its annual list of the best and worst places to practice in the United States.But what makes a state great for MDs doesn’t always translate for ODs, of course. So, we asked ODs across the country about what makes their state a great place to practice optometry. Did your state make the list?
Struggling law schools: Are optometry schools next?
Struggling law schools: Are optometry schools next?Much has been made of the proliferation of new optometry schools. It seems every week there is a news release announcing yet another institution of higher learning studying the possibility of opening an optometry school, most recently in Arkansas.
Why residency was the best thing I ever did for my career
Why residency was the best thing I ever did for my careerI will tell you, though, my residency year was the most fun I’ve had as an optometrist. I worked the hardest and most hours I’ve ever worked in my life, but man, did it fly by. And when it was all over, I didn’t recognize the same young punk who started the residency.
How to crush it with a residency
How to crush it with a residencyI believe that residencies give an opportunity to catapult us into our careers. When approached with the right mindset and the fortitude to work your tail off, you will be surprised what one more year of training can bring you. Rarely do we get a guarantee in life, but I’ll give you one here: When you set out to crush it, are willing to work hard, are flexible, and consider failure as a learning opportunity, you are guaranteed to succeed.