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Clinical Education

The New England College of Optometry offers a superior clinical education that introduces the aspiring optometrist to a richly diverse patient base in a variety of settings. The clinical curriculum starts in the first few weeks of the first year with vision screenings and clinical observations. Vision screenings provide a perfect opportunity for students to utilize their newly acquired skills and knowledge while providing an important public health service. Observations allow students to not only become familiar with different practice settings and communication styles of experienced optometrists, but provide hands on demonstration of clinical techniques. In the second year, students are assigned to a variety of clinical settings and take on increasing examination responsibilities, reflecting their steadily increasing knowledge base and technical skill level. The third year of the program emphasizes comprehensive optometric eye care, as students become responsible for performing complete eye examinations with assignments in community health centers, college-owned clinical facilities, elementary school-based clinics, hospital-based practices, private practices, and Veterans Affairs hospitals. The final year experience is spent in 4, 3 month long assignments in full time patient care. Students play an important role in determining their final year assignments through a selection process in which they are encouraged to consider their educational goals and submit assignment preference rankings. Student clinicians work under the careful supervision of faculty mentors who help them refine their clinical skills and cultivate substantial knowledge in specialty areas of interest. The student clinicians work in a variety of clinical environments: from hospitals to private practices to community health centers, that allow them to participate in contemporary health care modes of practice. The New England College of Optometry’s unique clinical program puts students on the forefront of community-based, collaborative care; emphasizing the important role optometrists play in developing patient-centered health care models.

 

Office of Clinical Education       Phone: 617-587-5566       Fax: 617-587-5603

Director Erik Weissberg, OD 617-587-5570 weissberge@neco.edu
Instructor of Record Beth Harper, OD 617-587-5575 harperb@neco.edu
Clinical Education Coordinator Tracy Kelley 617-587-5656 kelleyt@neco.edu
Administrative Assistant Cameron MacMartin 617-587-5656 kelleyt@neco.edu
Special Populations Director Elise Harb, OD 617-587-5354 harbe@neco.edu

 

CLINICAL AFFILIATIONS

Alabama

VA/Central Alabama

Alaska

Indian Health Service-Bethel

Alberta, Canada

Dr. Aleem Bandali and Associates

British Columbia, Canada

IRIS

California

Choice Vision Optometry

LaJolla Lasik Institute

Richlin Eye Associates

Silicon Valley Eye Physicians

VA/Fresno

VA/Long Beach


Connecticut

Eye Care Associates of  Fairfield, P.C.

Higgins Brothers Vision Care

Rocky Hill Eye Associates

VA/Newington

VA/West Haven

 

Florida

Aran Eye Associates

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Braverman Eye Center

Dr. Garry Chrycy

Coastal Vision Center

Eye Centers of South Florida

Global Vision Rehabilitation Center

VA/Bay Pines

VA/Lake City

 

Georgia

Atlanta Vision Cataract and Laser Center

Omni Eye Services of Atlanta

 

Illinois

VA/Peoria

 

Maine

VA/Togus

Vision Care of Maine

 

Maryland

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates

University of Maryland

VA/Baltimore

 

Massachusetts

Andover Eye Care

Boston Medical Center

Cambridge Health Alliance

Cannon Family Eye Care

Children's Hospital

Codman Square Health Center

Dr. Kathy Coffey

Dr. Marjorie Cohen

The Commonwealth Practice

Cotting School

Dartmouth Vision

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center

The Dimock Center

East Boston Health Center

Eye Care for Kids

Fenway Health Center

For Eyes

Framingham Public School Vision Center

Geiger-Gibson Health Center

Harvard Vanguard

Jean Yawkey Center

Joseph Smith Health Center

Joslin Diabetes Center/Beetham Eye Unit

Kozol Vision Center

Lahey Clinic Hospital Northshore

Dr. Brian Lickteig

Lynn Health Center

Massachusetts Association for the Blind

Marion Manor

Martha Eliot Health Center

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

May Center

NEE-Special Populations

North End Waterfront Health

Northampton Vision Specialists

Perkins School for the Blind

Professional Optical

Pine Street Inn

Randolph Eye

Renaissance School

Roslindale Health Center

Sheth-Horsley Eye Center

Dr. Barry Shomali

Somerville Eye

South Boston Health Center

South End Community Health Center

South End Eye

Studio Optics

Dr. Scott Sylvia

Tallman Eye Associates

TUFTS-NEMC

Upham's Corner Health Center

VA/Bedford

VA/Boston

VA/Brockton

VA/Jamaica Plain

VA/Lowell

VA/Northampton

VA/West Roxbury

VA/Worcester

Vision North

Dr. Debbie Wayne and Associates

 

Michigan

VA/Battle Creek

VA/Detroit

 

Minnesota

Associated Eye Care

 

Missouri

The Koetting Associates

 

Nevada

VA/Reno

 

New Hampshire

Merrimack Vision Care

United Eye Care Specialist

VA/Manchester

 

New Jersey

Hopewell Lambert Eye Associates

OMNI Eye Services of New Jersey

 

New Mexico

Indian Health Service-Albuquerque

Indian Health Service-Santa Fe

 

New York

VA/Hudson Valley Healthcare System

VA/Northport Healthcare System

VA/Western New York Healthcare System

 

North Carolina

Doctors Vision Centers

 

Ohio

VA/Youngstown

 

Ontario, Canada

Dr. David Ng and Associates

Vision Institute of Canada

 

Oregon

VA/Hillsboro

VA/Portland

 

Pennsylvania

Pascarella Eye Care and Contact Lens, PC

Total Eye Care

VA/Philadelphia

 

Rhode Island

Koch Eye Associates

Newport Naval Health Clinic-New England

Ocean State Eye Care

VA/Providence

 

Spain

Centro Boston d' Optometria

 

Texas

Lifetime Eye Care

VA/Waco

Vision Trends

 

Utah

Bear River Eye Center

Eye Foundation of Utah

 

Vermont

EyeCare for You

VA/White River Junction

 

Virginia

Capital Eye Consultants

Kenner Army Health Center

Optometric Consultants of Virginia

Sewells Point Base Medical Center

Virginia Medical College, Dept. of Ophthalmology

 

Washington

VA/Vancouver

 

Wenzhou, PR, China

Wenzhou Medical College