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 field of pediatric optometry. Dr. Kerber notes, “I was fortunate to have such a supportive, inspiring team of pediatric faculty throughout my optometric education and residency who gave me the opportunities to earn this award.”
The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) Johnson & Johnson Residency Award Program helps support post-graduate, advanced residency training in the field of optometry. Award winners are chosen in the areas of contact lens and children’s vision. The Terrence Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award recognizes two individuals completing pediatric/binocular vision residencies in 2017 who, according to the AOF, "demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education in the field of children's vision. A goal of this program is to invest in the evolution of the field of pediatric optometry, particularly but not limited to the application of soft contact lenses for children's vision disorders, by providing opportunities for future practitioners, educators, and researchers." (source: American Academy of Optometry website)
Dr. Kerber shares the honor this year with Amanda E. Beaudry, OD, MS, from Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Both winners receive a $2,000 award towards their graduate studies and a $750 travel grant to attend the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting this fall in Chicago. They will be honored during a luncheon at the conference on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Dr. Kerber recently joined the staff at NECO as an Assistant Professor in Specialty and Advanced Care. Dr. Nicole Quinn, Associate Professor at New England College of Optometry and Assistant Director of the Residency programs at NECO, explains, “I am pleased to announce that Kristen Kerber OD, MS ‘16 was awarded the Terrence Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award for 2017. Dr. Kerber demonstrates the talent and motivation to be a leader in the field of pediatric optometry. She is a compassionate pediatric optometrist whose strengths include her persistence and professionalism. Her focus on excellence in patient care combined with her dedication to clinical research will allow her to excel in her chosen field of optometric education. We are fortunate that she has joined the faculty at NECO!”
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO 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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