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Dr. Patrick J. Pirotte Named 2016 Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence

New England College of Optometry is pleased to host Dr. Patrick Pirotte as the 2016 Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Pirotte is an active scholar and practitioner. He has been working in private practice in Wichita, Kansas for over thirty years, serving the community and training optometric interns. He is a certified fellow in COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) and serves as adjunct faculty for Northeastern State University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. Through his private practice and his clinical teaching, Dr. Pirotte has specialized in pediatric eye care, focusing much of his attention on learning-related vision issues.

The Behavioral Scholar Vision Program at NECO was developed as part of the Combined Behavioral Optometry Studies Endowment Fund and Friends of the Sensorially Deprived-Pearl Rosborough Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide support for teaching, research or dissemination of knowledge in Behavioral Optometry. The Program brings to campus nationally renowned academicians and clinicians to expand the exposure of faculty, students, and area practitioners to prominent and respected leaders in the field of pediatric and developmental vision and vision therapy. 

Dr. Pirotte will be addressing NECO students about his areas of expertise in these fields from March 23-26, 2016. COVD club members are invited to a luncheon with Dr. Pirotte on Wednesday March 23, 2016. Additionally, Dr. Pirotte will be presenting as part of the COVD Tour de Optometry on Wednesday March 23, and delivering a Continuing Education (CE) program on Saturday, March 26. The COVD Tour de Optometry and Continuing Education program are open to students faculty, alumni and guests. Details about each event follow below.  Please RSVP where indicated for each event.  

March 23, 2016: COVD Tour de Optometry

  • Lecture Topic:  “The Role of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation in Learning Disabilities and Concussions.”
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    New England College of Optometry

Learn more about the COVD Tour de Optometry. 

March 26: 2016:   Continuing Education Program

  • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM:  Behavioral Scholar Seminar, 2.5 hours of MA CE credit
    Lecture Topic: “Vision, Brain Function, and Reading Performance”
    Lecture Summary: “New research in both vision and audition is showing a more integrated process versus separate processing systems.  This evolving information is key in supporting the appropriate optometric intervention in the fields of reading and special education.  The presentation will also address the ongoing controversy in the diagnosis and treatment of children with dyslexia and learning problems.  Research is now revealing that many previously strongly held models now appear to be outdated and obsolete.”
  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: LUNCH
  • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Panel Discussion, 1 hour of MA CE credit
    Panel Topic: “Different Paths to Financial Independence”
    Panel Participants:
    1. Dr. Richard Laudon, Associate Professor of Optometry, Host of “Art of Investing” on UR Business Network
    2. Dr. Bud O’Leary, Successful Primary Care Practitioner and Entrepreneur
    3. Dr. Patrick Pirotte, Behavioral Scholar and Successful Optometric Practitioner
  • Panel Summary: Each participant will discuss their journey to financial independence, and share insights about their experiences as they transitioned from being students to the real world of optometric practice. Having followed different professional paths, each panelist will offer participants unique and helpful suggestions on how to achieve financial success. The program will be interactive and include an opportunity for questions and answers. 

    Learn more about the Continuing Education Program.