This fall, thirteen fourth year optometry students were selected to represent New England College of Optometry, NECO, while attending the Alcon Academy for Eye Care Excellence program in Fort Worth, Texas. The program, in the 30th year, was “created to provide eye care professionals access to advanced clinical, business and management strategies and techniques to ensure the highest standard of patient care.” (source: Alcon Academy for Eye Care Excellence)
Developed by clinicians and industry leaders to educate eye care professionals from a variety of practice settings as various stages of their career, the program allows participants to attend educational lectures on topics such as the Ocular Surface, New Technologies, Contact Lens Care Science, Advanced Contact Lens Surfaces, Multifocal, Toric, Color, Ocular Nutrition, and Advanced Technology IOLs.
The NECO contingent is split into two groups, each traveling to Texas from their current fourth year clinical rotation site this October. Alcon graciously provided all travel and accommodations for the attendees.
The first group of OD4 students included Navjit Sodhi, Kayla Spangenberg, Michael Cianca, Thu Nguyen, Francesca Sefton, Douglas Adams, and Kelsey Jordan and attended from October 13-15, 2016. The students participated in hands-on workshops and wet lab on contact lenses and cataract procedures. The students were also given a tour of the Alcon Campus, including manufacturing facilities. The second group of students will attend the program on Oct 27-29, 2016. This group includes Amanda Belleville, Jonathan Garcia, Sara Hanna, Matthew Philibin, Julia Pierce, and Andrew Rabkin.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 130 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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