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Fourth Year Here I Come!

Biren and classmates at Eye Ball Biren and classmates at the Eye Ball.

Wow, I can’t believe I am taking my last set of final exams in optometry school ever! Third year students have two final exams and then we are off to our fourth year rotations. It is a bittersweet moment because the next time I will see all of my classmates together will be next year during graduation. Each of us have worked tremendously hard to get to this point and to be able to begin rotations at various clinic sites is a blessing.

I will begin my first rotation site in Miami at the Eye Centers of South Florida for three months. This is an ophthalmology practice where patients come to receive cataract surgery or refractive surgeries and the optometry interns including myself will assist with pre-operative and post-operative care.  A few times per month I will also be able to watch the ophthalmologists perform cataract surgery. 

Three months later, my second rotation will be in New Hampshire at the Manchester VA medical center to provide visual services to the veterans. A majority of the patients have more than one ocular pathology and it is up to me to be able to diagnose the patient and prescribe the proper treatment.  My clinical placement at the VA will be much different than the rest in that the patient population will be more elderly and some of the case histories will be more complex.  

My third rotation will be at the DotHouse Community Health Center in Dorchester, MA.  Many of the patients in this location speak only Vietnamese and my communication skills will be tested.  Throughout my education at NECO, I have been able to work with patients who speak Spanish and Albanian, and now I will get to work with a Vietnamese patient population. 

NECO does a great job placing each student in a different clinical site throughout their four years.  By the time we graduate, each individual has their own unique experience to share.  

My final rotation is in Special Populations in Boston. This rotation consists of traveling to different clinics to provide care for low vision, contact lens, pediatrics, and vision therapy.  Students rotate daily to get more experience in each specialty.  I am excited to begin fourth year and continue to expand my optometry knowledge and the diverse experience NECO has to provide!

Before I go off on rotations, however, I’ve been able to experience fun NECO events. Two weekends ago I got to spend one last time with all of my classmates together at the 88th annual NECO EyebalI.  This year the theme was Dancing with Dinosaurs at the Boston Museum of Science—the event was fabulous, but the experience was even better!  Along with great company and amazing food it was an unforgettable night to remember! I had a great time dancing the night away with friends and professors and making even more memories.  I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you all as I head into my final year of optometry school at NECO! 

Biren is in his fourth year at NECO. He is from Chicago, Illinois. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and trying new foods. He always enjoys great company and making new friends.