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Brunch with ODs

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Brunch with ODs provides an informal setting for NECO students to connect with alumni ODs over a meal for networking and career mentoring. The series is sponsored by the Alumni Association, NOSA, MSOS, and PPC.


It's an excellent networking opportunity as well as a chance for students to get their questions answered on a range of topics including how to best prepare while still in school, residency information, and how life is as an OD after graduation. With this event, you can enjoy a great meal while getting your lingering questions answered by an optometric specialist in the field that you are interested in. This is an incredible change to start networking early on and gain valuable connections. Students who have participated in previous years have had positive experiences and obtained great support.  Some doctors are even looking for students to hire in the future, and some also are happy to mentor and guide for upcoming years. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and don't let it pass!

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Brunch with ODs FAQs

What: Informal brunch experience with OD's in various practice modalities  
Who: 2-3 doctors with a small group of students for intimate conversation
Where: Met Back Bay (Corner of Dartmouth and Newbury). You can view their menu here.
When: Your choice of brunch (10am) on various weekends starting the end of February through April.
How: Sign-ups are open here via a google form and will be on a first come, first served basis. Spots will fill up quickly! (Please note: if you are interested in our first two brunch dates, Feb 23 and 24, please fill out the survey by Monday, Feb 18 so we can make the reservations).
Price: You pay $10, and our clubs will match it! ($20 meal for only $10). Payments will be collected in the Rotunda on TBD dates. Cash or Venmo will be accepted.

I did Brunch with ODs to start to start to get an idea of what it will be like to work as an optometrist once I have graduated and to start thinking about how I want practice, as well as getting to know the greater NECO community that we don't see every day in school. I got some great insight about the benefits of rotations, as well as how the first few years outside of school will be like and how to have a smooth transition with help and mentoring from other ODs. I think this is a great opportunity for students to start thinking beyond school, as well as getting the perspective of how to make the most of their time at NECO to be a successful optometrist. 

Jem Martin, Class of 2021

2019 Brunch with ODs Schedule

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 AM
Drs. Jonathon Jimmerson, Reginald Mailhot, and Emily Weicek: Community Health center/Contact Lens/Pediatrics

Sunday, February 24, 2019  10:30
Drs Alex Russakovsky and Joy Huang: VA Ocular Disease/Primary Care/Contact Lens

Sunday, February 24, 2019  10:00 AM
Drs. Robert Buonfiglio and Jennifer Reilly: Residency/VA/Primary Care/Sports Vision

Saturday, March 23, 2019  10:00 AM
Drs. Doug Rhett and Asha Sherring: VA/Ocular Disease/MD-OD Practices/Primary Care

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Drs. Alexis Malkin and Noah Merher: Low Vision/VA/Primary Care

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Drs. Phyllis Andrejko and Jeffrey Cohn: Pediatrics/Primary Care/Community Health Center

Saturday,  April 6, 2019
Drs. Debi Sarma and David Helfman: Community Health Center/ Mobile Eye Clinic/Private Practice/Glaucoma

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Drs. Alina Reznik and Bill Gleason: Primary Care/Mobile Eye Care/Drug and Device Research

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Drs. Alex Martin, Alan Rapoport and David Momnie: Low Vision/Contact Lens/Private Practice

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Drs. Taylor Meltzer, Rob Groves, and Laura Dowd: Ocular Disease/VA/Military Optometrist/Corporate Optometry/Private Practice/OD-MD practice

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Drs. Christopher Goswick and John Loucopoulos: Primary Care/Private Practices/ Contact Lens/International Practice

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Drs. Sowmya Srinivas and Linda Bennett: Private Practice/Academic/Community Health