Lexi Malkin holding up eye card for patient My Experience with Orbis

My Experience with Orbis

This guest blog post was written by Assistant Professor Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO. Dr. Malkin recently participated in the NECO-ORBIS Volunteer Program. Dr. Malkin traveled to Bangladesh with ORBIS to share her expertise in Low Vision.

Rotunda at NECO ‘Tis the Season to Be Studious

‘Tis the Season to Be Studious

Tis the season to get ready for final exams as the fall semester at NECO is winding down. The halls at NECO are decorated for the holidays and winter break is right around the corner. I have not begun studying just yet, but I have been keeping up with courses and all my notes and power points are…

computer, pizza, phone and paper Learning how to Learn: Differences between Undergrad and Optometry School

Learning how to Learn: Differences between Undergrad and Optometry School

Before I started optometry school, someone told me the material wouldn’t be harder than undergrad, there would just be a whole lot more of it: it’d be a fire hydrant of information that you would constantly have to absorb. That is definitely true, but there are still significant differences between…

Maria and three friends sitting at restaurant table smiling More to Explore as an OD 4

More to Explore as an OD 4

Graduation is quickly approaching, and I can’t believe that in 6 months my time in Boston will come to an end. Back when I was a fresh-faced undergraduate student researching different optometry schools across the USA, I was overwhelmed with the thought of having to make the life-changing decision…

Hannah holding up marathon medal Gratitude For My NECO Family

Gratitude For My NECO Family

NECO feels like home to me because of the community of people that brings light and life into my busy schedule as an optometry student. I love walking into school every day, knowing that I’ll run into a classmate who wants to share an interesting case from clinic with me, or a first- year student…

Glasses and eye chart with words First Year Vision Screenings  First Year Vision Screenings

First Year Vision Screenings

When I interviewed at NECO a little over a year ago, the upper year who gave me my tour spoke about vision screenings and how one of the best things about NECO is how early on in our clinical career we get to do vision screenings. I remember so clearly thinking, “How can a first year do a vision…

Group of 9 OD3 students by Academy Chicago sign My Class Away from School

My Class Away from School

I remember that scary moment I opened the email containing my first schedule at NECO right before starting my first semester. I immediately missed those years at University of Maryland when I could freely choose my schedule. Suddenly, I could no longer avoid those early morning classes and needed…

Hannah sitting in exam chair Learning to Become a Clinician

Learning to Become a Clinician

My second year of optometry school has been quite the journey so far! My classmates and I took 6 midterm exams in the time span of a week, I’ve been working on a research project for my Masters, and I just passed my third clinical skills exam, during which I was tested on binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy…

computer and pen image with logo for canadian optometry boards   Studying for my Canadian Board Examination

Studying for my Canadian Board Examination

I’ve reached many academic milestones since I began my OD degree at NECO three and a half years ago. Every month I’ve spent at NECO has come with unique challenges and personal achievements. My most recent milestone was finally writing my Canadian Optometry Board Examination.

Fenway baseball Park Am I a Bostonian Yet?

Am I a Bostonian Yet?

One of my favorite things about going to NECO is the location of the school. NECO is located in the heart of Back Bay, which is a community within the Boston area. I chose this school for two big reasons: 1. the multi-cultural clinic experience and 2. the location of the school.