In your second year of clinic at NECO, you begin to take responsibility for the clinical care of patients under the guidance of clinical preceptors. Clinical assignments include private practices, VA hospitals, community health centers, and other types of clinics, such as New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care.
During the second year of clinical work, students learn:
to apply primary care clinical skills learned in the classroom
to develop an awareness of cultural and socioeconomic issues that impact patient care
to cultivate patient communication and problem solving skills through observation of health care professionals and/or staff
As a second year student, you begin working with a clinical preceptor who will guide you through the initial part of the exam. You may work on clinical techniques such as case history, entrance testing, refractions, prescribing, and slit lamp evaluation. As the year progresses, you may also incorporate tonometry, gonioscopy, and dilated fundus assessment.
By the end of the year, you should be comfortable with performing at least the first half of a comprehensive eye exam in an efficient manner.
My best experience at NECO so far has been at the clinical site in my second year. I had my own room with a patient and could actually use the skills that I had seen in class and lab. That whole year was a great development process that changed the way I operated in exam rooms with patients.”
The clinical atmosphere at NECO highlights and compliments the diverse populations in Boston, allowing me to become fully immersed in routine eye exams and ocular pathology early in my optometric career.
Clinical Education Coursework, Year Two
(PC22120) Patient Care II (PC22125) Patient Care IIa (PC22126) Patient Care IIb Instructor of Record:Erik Weissberg, OD
Patient Care II is the primary clinical component of the second year curriculum. Through assignments to practices in the NECO Clinical Network of clinics, health centers, VA hospitals and affiliated practices 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 delivery, effective patient communication, ancillary office skills, and an 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 students are evaluated with a midterm progress report and a final evaluation, and receive a final clinical grade (honors, pass, remedial, or fail) at the end of each term based on meeting all of the requirements and on clinical performance. The requirements include fulfilling immunizations, CPR training, HIPAA training, and submitting clinical observation forms, log forms, and preceptor evaluations.