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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Pediatric Residency Award

Emily Wiecek, OD 18, PhD

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce that alumna Emily Wiecek, OD, PhD (Pediatric Resident ‘18, AODP ‘17, PhD) was awarded the Terrance Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award for 2018. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). Dr. Wiecek joins a distinguished group of recipients, including twelve Pediatric Optometry Residents from NECO who have received the award since its inception in 2002.

Dr. Wiecek graduated from New England College of Optometry in 2017 from the Advanced Degree Optometric Program, AODP.  She went on to complete a pediatric residency at New England College of Optometry with Program Director Nicole Quinn, OD before joining the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital.   NECO faculty member and mentor Dr. Quinn notes, “Dr. Wiecek is a talented clinician and researcher whose interests include pediatric optometry and visual dysfunction related to mild traumatic brain injury.  Her commitment to excellence in patient care, combined with her dedication to clinical research, will allow her to excel in her chosen position at Boston Children's Hospital.”

The Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Residency Award provides a $2,000 award towards Dr. Wiecek's graduate studies and a $750 travel grant to attend the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting this fall in San Antonio.  Dr. Wiecek will be honored during a luncheon at the conference.

Dr. Weicek explains, “I am very honored to have received the Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency award and I am confident it was only possible through the fantastic mentorship of the pediatric faculty throughout my NECO training and residency. They are an incredibly supportive family of clinicians and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from each one of them.”


About the Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Residency Award:

The American Optometric Foundation at the American Academy of Optometry explains that the “Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Residency program is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of Pediatric Optometry by providing incentive and support to sustain talented optometric residents who 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 Foundation website)


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. 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 work in our optical centers, school programs, community programs, community health centers, and VA medical centers.

Media Contact: Ingrid Hoogendoorn, Director of Communications
phone: 617-587-5722
email: hoogendoorni@neco.edu