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November, 2017

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Jessica Taylor, OD ‘19, Selected for J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Jessica Taylor, Class of 2019, was selected as the New England College of Optometry (NECO) recipient of the 2017 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and presented to a second or third year student from each of the optometric…

NECO Hosts Successful Alumni Reception at Academy 2017

On Friday, October 13, 2017, New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted its annual Alumni Reception at Academy 2017 in Chicago. The conference, held on October 11-14, 2017, was the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with over of 7,500 registrants. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and…

Strong Participation by NECO at Academy 2017

Students, faculty, alumni, professional staff, and residents from New England College of Optometry (NECO) delivered presentations, posters, research, and lectures on a variety of optometric topics at the American Academy of Optometry’s meeting this year in Chicago.

October, 2017

Class of 2021 Leadership Scholarship Recipients Announced

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the Class of 2021 recipients of the Leadership Scholarships. The NECO Leadership Scholarship program is an interactive mentoring program that pairs first year students with professionals who share their knowledge, expertise and financial support in the form of a tuition stipend.

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New England College of Optometry & Orbis Announce Partnership to Increase Access to Global Optometry

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) are pleased to announce their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world. NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum…

NECO Hosts Alumni Reunions for 1977, 1987, 1997, and 2007 Graduating Classes

New England College of Optometry, NECO, hosted alumni reunions for classes graduating in the 7s for the past 40 years on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Classmates from ‘77, ‘87, ‘97 and ‘07 gathered at the College to share nostalgic memories, tour the campus, and participate in continuing education. Several classmates arrived on Friday night to enjoy a Boston weekend and time to rekindle friendships.

Fourth Year NECO Students Awarded Scholarship for Practice Excellence

Each year, VSP Global® and the American Academy of Optometric Foundation (AAOF) provide a $4,000 grant to two students entering their fourth year at each of the optometric schools and colleges throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. This year, 46 scholarships were awarded. Chantelle Davis and Karlee Muller, Class of 2018, represent New England College of Optometry, NECO, in this year’s…

NECO Professors Participate in World Congress of Optometry in India

Continuing its long-standing commitment to global optometry, faculty from the New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently participated in the second World Congress of Optometry in Hyderbad, India. Hosted by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in September 2017, the Congress welcomed optometrists, vision scientists, ophthalmologists, educators, health care providers, public health vision providers from around the world to engage in…

September, 2017

Class of 2020 Celebrate Clinical Milestone at White Coat Ceremony

The journey to becoming an optometrist at New England College of Optometry, NECO, includes a large course load of optometric education, hours practicing clinical techniques, and clinical work with patients that increases in scope and practice throughout a student’s four years. One milestone in this journey to increased clinical responsibility is the distribution of white coats and letters granting…

Kristen Kerber, OD, MS, ‘16 Receives Pediatric Residency Award

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced Kristen Kerber, OD, MS ‘16, as a recipient of the 2017 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award. Upon graduating from New England College of Optometry, NECO, Dr. Kerber pursued a year of advanced training through the Pediatric Residency program at NECO. This award honors Dr. Kerber’s commitment and service to the…

New England College of Optometry (NECO) Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication

(Boston, MA) New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted the formal opening of the NECO Center for Eye Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on September 18, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Members of the College, Board of Trustees, corporate partners, Boston health care community, MA Commission for the Blind, and local community gathered to help celebrate the grand opening of…

Former NECO President Appointed Assistant Commissioner of Public Health

Elizabeth Chen, PhD, MBA, MPH, former President at New England College of Optometry, NECO, has been appointed Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Reporting directly to the Commissioner and serving as a key member of the executive team, Dr. Chen will manage, oversee, and coordinate the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, the Bureau of Health…

AODP, ASIP, and MS/OD Students Honored at Summer White Coat Ceremony

On Monday, August 28, 2017, nineteen students from the AODP 2019, ASIP 2019, and MS/OD China 2019 programs participated in the third annual summer White Coat Ceremony. Traditionally, NECO students receive their white coats and clinical privileging letters at the beginning of their second year. The White coat signifies a transition to the next stage of patient care with increased responsibility. For the accelerated…

NECO Provides Vision Screenings for Boston Public School Students

On the evening of Tuesday August 29, 2017, students, residents, faculty and staff from New England College of Optometry, NECO participated in Boston Public School’s annual Countdown to Kindergarten event at the Boston Children’s Museum. The comprehensive Countdown to Kindergarten, sponsored by the Boston Public Schools (BPS), provides a series of programs and events designed to engage and educate young…

August, 2017

Myopia Control Clinic Opens at NECO Center for Eye Care

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Myopia Control Clinic (MCC) at the NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth. The NECO Center for Eye Care encompasses two comprehensive vision centers that are owned and operated by the College. They provide services to individuals at all stages of life, including new treatments for…

July, 2017

Third Year NECO Student Releases OpTranslate Mobile App

To those outside the world of optometry, talking about astigmatism, hyperopia, and refraction may seem like a foreign language. But part of an optometrist’s job is to communicate complex concepts to patients. While this can be a daunting task in English, imagine the added challenge of conducting an eye exam with non-English speaking patients. Many offices use professional medical…

Avani Dave, OD ‘17, wins Award for Contact Lens Excellence

Recent graduate Avani Dave, OD ’17, was recently selected to receive the Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care. The annual award is given to an outstanding fourth year student clinicians to recognize their work providing excellent contact lens patient care. Dr. Dave was selected as the recipient from New England College of Optometry’s…

Low Vision Team Travels to the Netherlands

Although all optometry students study a broad array of topics during their education, many also choose to specialize in areas such as low vision, contact lenses, and pediatrics. At New England College of Optometry, NECO, the low vision team prepares future optometrists by teaching them about the role primary care optometrists have in evaluating, treating, and referring patients with low…

NECO Faculty and Alumni Honored by AAOF

(Boston, MA) The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, AAOF, recently announced several 2017 awards to recognize great accomplishments and contributions to the field of optometry. The AAOF annually distributes awards, grants, fellowships, and scholarships to graduate students, optometry students, residents, and faculty to recognize their achievements. This year, several faculty and alumni from New England College of Optometry, NECO, were among…

Thirty-eight NECO Residents Honored at Annual Conference

Optometry programs traditionally involve four years of study towards an OD degree. Upon graduation, many graduates choose to pursue an additional year of post-graduate training in a specialized area as a part of a residency program. On June 16, 2017, thirty-eight NECO residents gathered at the College to participate in the annual John E. Asarkof Spring Residency Conference. This event honored their…