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Amplify your optometry school experience and see what it means to get involved in our profession as the annual AOSA/AOA conference, Optometry’s Meeting, comes to the Music City, June 19-22, 2024. Optometry’s Meeting provides students a four-day, immersive experience in career development, clinical and practice management skill building, professional networking and advocacy alongside optometry’s leaders. …

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5 Ways to Have a More Successful Clinic Experience

As a third-year with a whole five months of clinic experience under my belt, I am certainly no expert. But I am still fully aware of (and sometimes still experience) the fear and frustration that comes with being new to seeing actual patients in the clinic. I wanted to share some secrets to success that I have …

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Why I Took a Gap Year and What I Did To Remain a Competitive Applicant for Optometry School

Taking a gap year was the best decision I’ve made during my application process. Instead of rushing to fit a certain timeline, I decided to take a mental break from school and spend more time expanding my patient care experience. This extra time before optometry school helped me become a better prepared and more confident applicant …

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So, what’s your role again?

Optometry is not a relatively new profession in the United States. In fact, the American Optometric Association that we now know today was founded in 1898. The first state law recognizing optometry as a profession was in 1901 in Minnesota, with all states having an optometric practice law by 1921. Even given the rich history …

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How to Survive in Optometry School

One of the biggest challenges optometry students face is finding the time to relax and unwind. Tackling exams every week, attending lectures all day, and squeezing in as much clinic practice as we can leaves little room for much needed R&R.Just like the developmental stages in life, the first year is the most critical. After …

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When the Student Becomes the Doctor: Maintaining Knowledge and Skill After Graduation 

As a new graduate, keeping up with the ever-changing world of optometry can be a daunting experience. After years of seemingly non-stop lectures in school, I personally was tempted by the idea of coasting by with online continuing education that required minimal effort. It quickly became clear to me, however, just how fast things change …

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