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The semester is coming along and also close to an end. Spring semester as a second year student has been very challenging in every meaning of the word. I think we have had more quizzes this semester than any other so far. We have quizzes in our normal lecture classes, and also in lab. Then we have lab practicals and pre-clinic checkouts, so we are always practicing every chance we get to perfect our technique in clinic.
Speaking of clinic, we are a month away from being thrown into the fire of seeing patients in the Eye Center. These first two years of school have flown by, and now it’s time to really get some patient experience. School screenings have improved my confidence with technique, but now it’s time to get more familiar with handling patients in the exam room. I think all of my classmates are ready to make the transition, but at the same time a little nervous in that we don’t know everything. Hopefully, our staff doctors will be more than understanding of that.
In other news, SCO recently hosted an event called Discover Optometry. It’s a huge event held every other year here on campus where prospective students have an opportunity to tour the school and get a feel for SCO and the profession of optometry. I believe we had over 160 guests, which has been the biggest turnout so far in Discover Optometry history. I was able to assist with the touring of the school, and all of them had nothing but great things to say about our school. The day started with a welcome address from Dr. Phillips, followed by an admissions and financial aid talk. The prospective students had an opportunity to ask questions to our student panel, and then the real fun began with the touring of the Eye Center and SCO. The tour also included observing a slit lamp examination as well as lens grinding. I think everyone had a good time and got to enjoy themselves. Discovery Optometry was definitely a huge success.
I’ll be blogging again soon... until then...