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Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence 2016 Scholar in Residence Continuing Education Program

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, NECO’s 2016 Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Patrick J. Pirotte, OD, FCOVD, DABO will present a Continuing Education (CE) program at New England College of Optometry in Boston. The NECO Behavioral Scholar Program brings to campus nationally renowned academicians and clinicians for the purpose of expanding the exposure of faculty, students, and area practitioners to prominent and respected leaders in the field of pediatric and developmental vision and vision therapy.

Both the morning and afternoon programs are open to students, faculty, alumni and guests.  Dr. Pirotte will present in the morning on the topic of “Vision, Brain Function and Reading Performance” and in the afternoon on the topic of “Different Paths to Financial Independence.”

Morning Program: “Vision, Brain Function and Reading Performance”

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Lecture Hall 3, Behavioral Scholar Seminar, 2.5 hours of MA CE

Lecture Summary: “New research in both vision and audition is showing a more integrated process versus separate processing systems.  This evolving information is key in supporting the appropriate optometric intervention in the fields of reading and special education.  The presentation will also address the ongoing controversy in the diagnosis and treatment of children with dyslexia and learning problems.  Research is now revealing that many previously strongly held models now appear to be outdated and obsolete.”


Time: 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Open only to participants attending both the morning and afternoon programs.

Afternoon Program: “Different Paths to Financial Independence”

Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM in Lecture Hall 3, Panel Discussion, 1 hour of MA CE

Panel Participants:

  • Dr. Richard Laudon, Associate Professor of Optometry, Host of “Art of Investing” on UR Business Network
  • Dr. Bud O’Leary, Successful Primary Care Practitioner and Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Patrick Pirotte, Behavioral Scholar and Successful Optometric Practitioner

Panel Summary: Each participant will discuss their journey to financial independence, and share insights about their experiences as they transitioned from being students to the real world of optometric practice. Having followed different professional paths, each panelist will offer participants unique and helpful suggestions on how to achieve financial success. The program will be interactive and include an opportunity for questions and answers.