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Well, I'm back from Christmas Break and in the full swing of things now. No tests yet, but the quizzes are rolling in already. Last semester got really busy there at the end. Finals week has never been so hard, but it passed and this semester is looking really exciting.
All of my classes this semester are very eye related. Contact lenses, Anterior Segment (front of the eye), Posterior Segment (back of the eye), and Vision Therapy just to name a few. Becoming a doctor is starting to feel so real now. For instance, we now have a lab that is getting me ready to enter the clinic. It gives me the time I need to practice various aspects of my exam sequence until they are flawless. At the end of the semester, I'll have to demonstrate that I'm good enough with my skills to be in The Eye Center. They call it Clinical Checkouts. It's our "coming of age" as students. It'll be tough and I have a lot to work on before then, but it's so exciting.
On a different note, ever considered doing a residency after optometry school? I have and that's why I went to Residency Night last night. I have to admit that it was NOT what I expected, but turned out well nonetheless. The presentation only lasted about 15 minutes and then we were free to mingle with residency supervisors and residents. Surprise! You're not just here to listen! I got the chance to talk to Dr. Daniel Eckermann and Dr. Slagle from the Salem Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Sounds like they have a great program that gives residents experiences with more than just ocular pathology. For instance, their program also affords experiences in areas like radiology. That's unique and invaluable.
I also made sure to talk to Dr. Paul Harris because a vision therapy residency is primarily what I'm interested in. He had a lot of great things to say and pretty much sold me on the idea. Now the question is where do I want to apply for my residency? Close to home? Maybe. Best experience possible? A must. The search is on.