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Dr. Nicole Quinn and Dr. Stacy Lyons Publish Article in Optometric Education

NECO professors write about the Impact of Optometric Residency Training on Future Career Paths

Dr. Nicole Quinn and Dr. Stacy Lyons recently published an article in the Spring 2015 edition of Optometric Education entitled, “Impact of Optometric Residency Training on Future Career Paths: A Survey of Perceptions of Optometry Students, Residents, and Alumni.”

Dr. Quinn currently serves as Associate Professor at NECO, Assistant Director of Residencies and Adjunct Instructor of Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic. Dr. Lyons is a Professor at NECO and the Department Chair for Specialty and Advanced Care, and the Directors of New England Eye Institute Framingham, the first public school-based comprehensive vision clinic in Massachusetts. The two teamed up with NECO graduates Dr. Stacey Keppol, OD, and Dr. Shannon Bligdon, OD, to examine the perceived benefits of residency training and the impact of a residency experience on a future career.

In the study, the authors interviewed students and residents to examine their reasons for pursuing residency training and the impact of such training upon their future career paths. They sought to examine some reasons why optometric students did not pursue a residency opportunity after graduation. They found that “the following factors were most important in their decision to pursue residency training: improving clinical skills, improving confidence as a clinician, and obtaining clinical training in an optometric subspecialty.”

The biggest burden noted by both fourth-year students and residents was the “perception that the financial burden of residency training was not equal to financial composition, that four years of optometry school adequately prepared them to be an optometric provider and that residency training was not perceived to be advantageous for the geographic location where they planned to practice optometry.”

Read more about their study and findings in the Optometric Education Spring 2015 edition.