November 15, 2016 Micaela Gobeille, OD/MS ’18, has been selected to receive the 2016 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc and the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Recipients are chosen from each optometric school in North America and Micaela was selected as the recipient for New England College of Optometry, NECO. The scholarship provides a $1,000 award and recognizes optometric students who exemplify ideal eye care standards of practice and demonstrate excellence in academic and extracurricular activities such as community service, internships, and volunteer work.
The American Optometric Foundation explains that the" J. Pat Cummings program is designed to recognize outstanding second or third-year clinicians who best exemplify and enhance patient loyalty through establishing the important link between eye health and overall health. The program recognizes how important Eye Care Professionals are in educating patients in several areas, including: diagnosing and treating vision disorders, ensuring patient satisfaction with vision correction choices and encouraging patients to schedule regular eye exams.” (source: http://www.aaopt.org/AOF/Programs/Students/Cummings)
Micaela Gobeille exemplifies all aspects of this award and has been active both inside and outside the classroom to contribute research, community service, and volunteer work. She is an active member of VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity. In addition to the four year OD degree, she is also pursuing an MS in Vision Science in the OD/MS dual degree program. She presented an award winning poster “Clinically Meaningful Outcomes of Low Vision Provided by the Mobile Clinic” last year at the ARVO conference which included data she’s collected for her Master’s research project. The data measures outcomes of low vision rehabilitation delivered on the College’s mobile clinic to determine if clinical vision outcomes from the mobile clinic are comparable to other low vision delivery models. Co-authors for the poster were Drs. Jamara, Chu, Malkin, and Ross. Ms. Gobeille was also invited to present the results of the research at Optometry’s Meeting in Boston this past June to low vision advocates and practitioners from around the country.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. 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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