On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, thirteen students from the AODP 2018, ASIP 2018, and MS/OD China 2018 programs participated in the second annual summer White Coat Ceremony. The Accelerated OD Program (AODP), the Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP), and the MS/OD program are part of the successful accelerated and international programs at New England College of Optometry, NECO.
The White Coat ceremony is a rite of passage, where the students receive a white coat to wear while seeing patients and a clinical privileging letter which signifies their transition to the next stage of patient care. Traditionally, students in the four-year OD program at NECO receive their white coats at the beginning of their second year as they begin more advanced clinical work.
In attendance at the ceremony was President Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, as well as Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs Robert DiMartino, OD, Executive Director of Clinical Training and Patient Care Tony Cavallerano, OD, incoming Alumni Board President Linda Bennett, OD, and Associate Dean of Students Barbara McGinley. Also in attendance were the Director of the Accelerated OD Program (AODP)/ Professor of Vision Science Frank Thorn, OD, and Assistant Professor Fuensanta Vera-Diaz, OD.
Throughout the ceremony, students were offered words of wisdom as they shift into more advanced clinical work. The students’ varied backgrounds and experiences in research and patient care were highlighted as they received their White Coat from President Scott, OD, MPH, and clinical privileging letter from Dr. Vera-Diaz.
About the AODP, ASIP, and MS/OD Programs
The Accelerated Optometric Degree Program (AODP) admits medical doctors and scientists who wish to become doctors of optometry. The Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP) allows graduates of foreign optometry programs to be admitted with advanced standing to the Doctor of Optometry program. The MS/OD China program partners with Wenzhou Medical College for Chinese students pursuing their dual degrees. Learn more about our academic degree programs.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, New England College of Optometry is the oldest college of optometry in the country. This small, independent graduate institution has been advancing optometric education, patient care, and public health since 1884. The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
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