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Greetings to All,
It has been a full two weeks since school has started, and slowly I am getting back into the swing of things after our long summer break. As a student ambassador, I was fortunate to attend the orientation for the incoming class. I had flashbacks every time I would hear a motivational speech from professors and faculty. After completing my first year, I deeply appreciate the advice and the truthfulness that they convey about the experiences you will undergo here at SCO.
Second year classes are definitely interesting. For those of you who are curious to know what classes second years are taking this fall, here they are:
- Medical Pathology
- Pharmacology II
- Theory & Methods III (w/ 2 Labs)
- Ophthalmic and Env. Vision (w/ Lab)
- Pediatric Optometry (w/ Lab)
- Binocular Vision (w/ Lab)
- Optometric Practice II
- Clinical Communication & Patient Care (w/ Clinic, School Screenings, etc.)
I am enjoying them all so far, and already have a few favorites in Pediatric Optometry and Clinical Communication & Patient Care. In Pediatric Optometry we are learning about the embryological aspects of the eye and how important the early stages of development are. We are also learning about different conditions and treatment plans.
In Clinical Communication & Patient Care, we are getting our first official patient encounters. Each student has a unique schedule that they follow, so one week a student may be in The Eye Center either in Central Testing where pre-testing is done, or shadowing a doctor in Adult Primary Care. The other unique aspects of the class are our patient encounters with school screenings, and also video recordings where each student is recorded in an attempt to perfect our technique with patients.
My first rotation was in Central Testing, and I enjoyed calling patients in from the waiting room and performing non-contact tonometry, autorefraction, and also taking blood pressure. I have worked with doctors in the past, so talking and instructing patients came second nature. It was a joyful experience for sure.
From our class schedules we can tell this will be a busy semester, but I am more than positive that it will fly by in no time.
Until next time… Later~