Third year student Marlene Catarino, New England College of Optometry (NECO) Class of 2020, was selected to receive the 2018 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. sponsor the award presented each year to a second or third year student from each of the schools and colleges of optometry in North America. Marlene Catarino joins the distinguished group of students as the NECO recipient for 2018.
The J. Pat Cummings Scholarship provides a $1,000 award and recognizes optometric students who exemplify ideal eye care standards of practice and demonstrate excellence in academic and extracurricular activities such as community service, internships, and volunteer work.
Steve Koevary, Professor of Biomedical Science and Disease at NECO, notes, “Marlene has an innately curious and inquiring mind and passion for knowledge, qualities that will no doubt serve her well in her chosen profession.” Dr. Jonathan Jimmerson, Director of Vision Services at Charles River Community Health, explains, “Marlene is a dedicated clinician who prides herself on building rapport with patients. That, in turn, strengthens her ability to deliver the best care possible.”
Catarino looks forward to fulfilling her lifelong dream to become an optometrist that began at age 8 during her first eye exam. She says, “I believe I can make a difference to standard optometric care as I am a strong advocate of lifelong learning and the importance of holistic patient care.” She continues, “It is of supreme importance to keep learning throughout your career and to never become complacent about your current level of knowledge. I have high standards for myself when it comes to practicing and will not settle on providing less than optimal care. Above all, I vow to listen to my patients and to be kind and considerate when providing care.”
About the J. Pat Cummings Scholarship
The American Optometric Foundation explains that the ”J. Pat Cummings program is designed to recognize outstanding second or third-year clinicians who best exemplify and enhance patient loyalty through establishing the important link between eye health and overall health. The program recognizes how important Eye Care Professionals are in educating patients in several areas, including: diagnosing and treating vision disorders, ensuring patient satisfaction with vision correction choices and encouraging patients to schedule regular eye exams.” (source: American Academy of Optometry Foundation website)
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. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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