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It's a busy, fun-filled time at SCO in the fall. We recently had the White Coat Ceremony for first years where lots of friends and family made their way to campus. Besides the ceremony, it was also Homecoming Weekend, so there was an SCO barbecue on campus. SCO also organized other events for the incoming parents and alumni like trips to the Zoo to see the famous Memphis pandas, a trip out to Graceland to see Elvis' gold records and house, a walking tour of downtown historical Memphis and more. I was able to go on the walking tour in-between class and lab and had a great time learning about the buildings and history downtown. We had a group of almost 40 of us and filled up an entire trolley to cruise down along the Mississippi River to South Main Street area. Two local guides pointed out buildings and locations from as far back as the Civil War and the area where people would watch as a naval battle was fought on the river, the Cotton Trade buildings, the hotel where Elvis started Rock & Roll and the more recent location of where the movie "Walk the Line" was filmed among other things.
After a weekend of fun and games, it was time to get back to work on studying and practicing. Second years have been busy learning BIO and Gonioscopy. I was really nervous to try Gonioscopy on my partner, because I've heard about applying the lens too hard and causing a red ring to form, so I really wanted to avoid that. Fortunately, everyone survived and I really enjoyed trying to find and understand the components of the angle of the eye. Our next practical is in BIO to scan peripherally. So, I need to be dilated to practice that, but also need to be studying for the medical pathology and pediatrics exams we have this week. I'm going to try really hard to have a productive weekend!
Also wanted to mention that I had my first day in Central Testing on Thursday. 2nd years rotate through central testing, school screenings, video and observations one day a week. Never having worked in an optometrist's office, I felt unfamiliar using all the different machines, but my classmates and the Eye Center staff were quite helpful. In Central Testing we help patients (real patients, not just classmates!) from the waiting room and either walk them to their appointment area or take them to central testing. We check blood pressure, heart rate, NCT (to find ocular pressures), Lensometry (to check current prescription), and auto refraction to check refractive error and keratometry readings. Fortunately, I think I did everything right, because I didn't have any Staff Doctors come looking for me with questions about the patients. Overall, it was a great success and although just the first step into clinic, I found it truly rewarding to be started in the Eye Center.