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We wasted no time getting back into classes after a long, well-deserved and very lazy winter break. Being up north with family and friends was so wonderful that it was hard getting back into my routine in Memphis. I had no time to waste, because we had lots of labs and lectures the first week and quizzes the second week. It's going to be a very busy semester.
We already had the annual Eyeball. This year it was held right downtown at the Cadre Building, a very snazzy venue right off 2nd Street. I was lucky to have friends in town that were able to attend with me, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. With friends in town, I didn't have a lot of time to study, but I did get some lab practice when I had them sit for an exam. A new pair of eyes is still very exciting to me! Even in a class of 120+, it's nice to get fresh eyes that you don't already have a pretty good idea of the refractive error. Even got to see a myelinated nerve fiber layer!
Right after getting back to school, I had the pleasure of seeing the new Advanced Procedures Theatre and Digital Observatory in the Eye Center. The theatre and adjoined observatory allow students to see, hear and interact with the Doctors that are performing the procedures right in front of them, while not interrupting the patients. The room is equipped with YAG, Argon and SLT lasers as well as an Ellman unit. It's rewarding to see where the profession is heading and the willingness of those in charge at SCO and the Eye Center to expose us students to as much as they possibly can in four years. I also toured a exam lane that is set up like the lanes used during National Boards, so students of SCO can practice in a very similar environment as they will experience during boards. It is also equipped with television monitors, so that exams can be recorded and reviewed by peers.
It's exciting to see how the school is advancing in just the year and a half that I have been on campus, and there are even bigger changes in the works before I graduate!