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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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Calling all my student advocates who want to get involved with the AOA and fight for optometry’s future alongside doctors from your state! A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible optometry students to attend AOA on Capitol Hill, April 14-16, in Washington, D.C. The AOA will offer eligible students up to $425 …

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Students under 'Vision' signage during vision clinic

A Fresh Perspective on a Visionary Clinic in the Southern Schools

Optometry students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) participate in Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics, providing crucial eye care services to underserved communities. These clinics offer valuable hands-on training and foster social responsibility and compassion in the students while addressing vision issues that may otherwise go unattended. …

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Write to your Legislator

Tips for communicating with legislators

What is communication? It is a two-way process of sending and receiving ideas, opinions and information. For your message to be received by your legislator, you need to follow a few guidelines to help you communicate effectively. Methods to communicate First consider the method of communication you would like to use. Your choice should be …

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Travel Grants for Optometry’s Meeting 2020 – Don’t miss out!

If you are planning on going to Optometry’s Meeting in Washington, D.C. this June, you already have plenty of reasons to attend: the Optometry Student Bowl powered by Essilor, Luxottica Live!, residency summits, and Optometry Unites at Capital Hill. But if that weren’t enough, there are still travel grants available to help make your trip …

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How to Eat Like a Local on a Mission Trip

Food and travel are two things I have always been passionate about. One of the criteria I looked for during my in-depth research into optometry schools was whether or not it offered extensive travel opportunities so I could marry these two passions with my true love: community service. I have since been fortunate enough to …

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Why You Should Go On a Mission Trip in Optometry School

Are you passionate about serving others? If so, then a mission trip is for you.   My name is Hannah Busroe and I want to share with you my experience this past year traveling to El Salvador on an optometric service trip. I went with my classmates at the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) through …

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What You Need to Know Before Going on an Optometry Mission Trip

Quick Tips for Mission Trips Many students go on mission trips over the summer break. These trips are organized by many groups, including RAM, FCO, and SVOSH. Students travel around the country and around the world to pop-up clinics. The students and doctors treat patients who could not afford or obtain optometric care otherwise. Whether …

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