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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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How Do I Balance Personal Life and School?

Balancing responsibilities in graduate school is a skill that takes multiple tries and refinements. The most important aspect of ensuring that school does not get in the way of life and vice versa is structuring your time. Having a clear understanding of what your busiest weeks are and planning ahead are two tips you’ve heard […]

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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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Making Time for Mental Health

“Sometimes self care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it’s spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul.” – Nanea Hoffman Optometry school uses up a lot of time. Juggling courses, practicing

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5 Tips to Tackle Optometry School Online

1. Keep your Routine Make a schedule and delegate a set starting time each morning. Try to follow your regular class schedule. If you’re typically in class from 9am-5pm, try your best to stick with that schedule reviewing lectures and studying. If you like to workout, consider outdoor activities or working out at home with

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Benefits of Working in a Private Practice as a Student

Working While in Optometry School A job outside of optometry school can be stressful. Working at a private practice takes time, energy, and focus away from studies while in school. Can it possibly be worth it? I talked with a few fellow optometry students about their experiences. It was easy to come up with many

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The Makings of A Good Doctor

  “One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” – Frances W Peabody, The Care of the Patient, 1927. Why do we become doctors? Perhaps it is the blessing of human kindness, the moments of compassion we have experienced in

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Dear Future Doctor

A Note to First Year Optometry Students   Dear Future Doctor, Congratulations on entering optometry school! You absolutely deserve it! You have worked so diligently and persistently for many years to get to where you are. Only you know the time and effort you put in to maintain your excellent grades and extracurriculars, ace your OATs,

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How Undergraduate Prepared Me for Optometry School

Pre-Requisite Classes: Why They Matter I got my undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Go Mocs!) and graduated in 2014 with a BS in Biology before starting optometry school in 2015. Before optometry school, there are certain pre-requisite classes you need to take. Different schools require different classes, but all schools require a strong

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