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Learning to Become a Clinician

My second year of optometry school has been quite the journey so far! My classmates and I took 6 midterm exams in the time span of a week, I’ve been working on a research project for my Masters, and I just passed my third clinical skills exam, during which I was tested on binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy…

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My First Rotation as an OD4

I recently completed my first rotation as an OD4 at a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Hospital and found it to be one of my favorite clinical sites to date. All NECO students are required to complete 4 three-month long rotations at various sites, during their final year in the program: a Veteran’s Affairs…

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Picking Up the Pace

Another semester is just beginning, but after several weeks of summer vacation, I am getting ready for my new clinical placements! Over the summer term at NECO, I had the pleasure of experiencing three different clinic sites spread out over five days of the week.

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Third Year Jitters

I cannot believe I am a third year student now! It feels great blogging again now that the fall semester is under way. I had a wonderful time working in clinic the first part of the summer. As third year students, the majority of our summer session consists of 30-40 hours of clinical education. My…

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Halfway There!

The month of April was filled with lots of exciting adventures and activities! First off, the private practice club held three wonderful speaker events. I especially enjoyed listening to Dr. Kristin O’Brien speak about what to expect after taking boards examinations. Dr. O’Brien went straight…

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Surviving the Clinical Skills Exam (CSE)

Poonam is a member of the Class of 2020. She’s been working in the Communications Office as an OD1 contributing to our social media and website. Below, she shares her experiences as a first year taking the Clinical Skills Exam.

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May the Fourth Year Be With You

It has been more than a month since I wrote Part 1 of the National Board Examinations and the stress from intensively studying for 3 months straight has finally faded away. So have, unfortunately, many of the ocular facts I crammed into my head in preparation for this exam.

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End of OD1 Reflections

My classmates and I are just two weeks and 5 final exams away from completing our first year of optometry school! The last couple weeks of OD1 have kept us very busy. We’ve been going on our last vision screenings of the semester, taking our second clinical skills exams, and completing group projects!

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A Glance of Vision Expo in the Melting Pot

When I began optometry school, I assumed my days would be filled with lectures, labs, or clinic. It didn’t even occur to me that I would have the opportunity to attend optometric conferences. In a sense, I envy those classmates with close ties to optometrists because they had that early exposure…

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Vision Expo East in a New York Minute

The much-anticipated Vision Expo was this past weekend and it was the perfect opportunity to leave Boston to explore another city! We left for NYC after class on Friday, and the next morning, we found ourselves standing in the middle of Grand Central station, trying to navigate our way through the…