New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
 
 
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Clinical Courses

(PC12125) Patient Care Ia  
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

A visual screening consists of eight separate examination procedures, seven of which students will learn by November. At mid-November, after passing didactic and practical testing, students will be “privileged” by New England Eye (NEE) to perform screenings under the oversight of a preceptor. Initial encounters will be with toddlers, children, and young adults. On each screening, students are evaluated by the preceptor on examination techniques, record keeping, attitude/professionalism, and maintenance of patient logs.

The second part of this course focuses on proficiency in professional doctor-patient communications. Students learn communication techniques via lectures, readings, observations of health care professionals, and by application and practice during assigned screenings.  The observation program places students in different health care settings to critically observe how communication techniques are utilized.

These two clinical activities (screenings and observations) comprise clinical assignments during the first year. Clinical performance is graded pass, remedial, or fail, based on meeting all of the requirements and on clinical performance at screenings. The requirements include fulfilling immunizations, CPR training, HIPAA training, and submitting clinical observation forms, log forms, and preceptor evaluations. Clinical performance is evaluated by screening preceptors. Both the screening evaluations and the other required items will form the basis of the grade for the course.

(PC12126) Patient Care Ib
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

In the second term of the first year, observation and screening assignments continue. For the second term, clinical performance is graded similarly to that of the first term. Student requirements include maintaining immunization and other documentation; having proof of attending four observations during the year; and submitting clinical observation forms, log forms, and preceptor evaluations. Clinical performance is evaluated daily by screening preceptors.

(PC12120A) Patient Care I
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD
Students in the Advanced Optometric Degree Program will be assigned observations commensurate with their experience, and all students will be assigned screening assignments. The clinical grade is based on clinical evaluations and on meeting the student requirements, including having documentation completed and submitting patient logs, preceptor evaluations, and clinical observation forms.

(PC22125 and -6, PC22120A) Patient Care IIa, Patient Care IIb,
Patient Care II
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

The primary goal of the Clerkship Program is to augment the clinical skills learned in the first year. Through assignments to practices in the New England Eye network of clinics and health centers and to affiliated practice locations in the Boston area, students become active members of an eye care delivery team. In addition to applying their current level of knowledge and skills, students are expected to acquire an understanding of patient care, effective patient communication, ancillary office skills, and a beginning understanding of ocular health and disease detection through the use of automated and other diagnostic equipment. As skills are developed during the year, preceptors are encouraged to incorporate those techniques into patient care responsibilities. The clinical grade is honors, pass, remedial, or fail based on a midterm and final preceptor evaluation; on meeting documentation requirements such as maintaining immunization, CPR, and other documentation; and on submitting patient logs, preceptor and site evaluations.

(PC32125, -6, and -7, PC32124A) Patient Care IIIa, Patient Care IIIb, Patient Care IIIc, Patient Care
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

This sequence of courses gives students direct patient care experience and responsibilities in affiliated health centers, Veterans Affairs hospitals, private practices, or in the New England Eye operated clinical system. Clinical preceptors will evaluate and guide the student through the process of providing eye care. Students are graded on key clinical tools: technical skills, knowledge base, analytical skills, diagnostic skills, management and treatment, communication skills, efficiency, attitude, and professionalism. The clinical grade is honors, pass, remedial, or fail based on a midterm and final preceptor evaluation; on meeting documentation requirements, such as maintaining immunization, CPR, and other documentation; and on submitting patient logs, preceptor and site evaluations.

The Office of Clinical Education monitors the quality and quantity of patient encounters for each student. Through the clinical assignments, students will gain proficiency in full-scope primary care optometry and contact lenses. All students must satisfy a minimum number of contact lens patient encounters during the course of their assignments. Some students may be assigned to contact-lens-specific sites in order to assure a broad clinical experience. Some students may meet the contact lens requirement through affiliations set up on behalf of the students during the summer term with private practitioners who meet the College’s program standards.

Final Year Rotations
Four rotations during the final year complete the clinical requirements, with mandatory assignments in Primary Care, Advanced Care and Specialty Care. Students choose an additional assignment in one of the mandatory categories or from a list of elective sites. The College currently has affiliated clinical sites located in over thirty states, three Canadian provinces, Spain, and China. Student assignments are based on a variety of factors, including student choices and program needs.

The Office of Clinical Education monitors the quality and quantity of patient encounters for each student. All students must satisfy a minimum number of contact lens patient encounters during the course of their final-year assignments. Some students may be assigned to contact-lens-specific sites in order to assure a broad clinical experience. Clinical preceptors evaluate students twice per quarter with the expectation that all levels of performance will progressively increase throughout the year.

(ECP4916,-7,-8, and -9) Primary Care  
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

Clinical sites that provide comprehensive eye care services for patients of all age brackets are categorized as Primary Care sites. Typically, these sites are health centers or private optometric practices.

(ECP4921,-2,-3, and -4) Advanced Care  
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

Clinical sites that provide comprehensive eye care services in hospitals or surgical centers and have associated medical staff are categorized as Advanced Care sites. These include Veterans Affairs hospitals, refractive surgery centers, and eye institutes.

(ACC4961,-2,-3, and -4) Specialty Care  
Instructor of Record: Beth Harper, OD

Clinical sites that provide professional specialty care are categorized as Specialty Care clinics. These include clinics specializing in visual therapy/binocular vision, contact lenses, pediatrics, geriatrics, patients with disabilities, or low vision. The College’s Special Populations rotation provides training in all of these specialty areas.