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The rising 2nd year class of 2022 was invited to enter a contest to shadow optometrists during their summer break. Participants were tasked to shadow at a minimum of two optometrists in at least two different practice modalities. They had to log and verify their hours and complete a written reflection of their experiences. The top three contestants shadowed a total of 584 hours in seven practice settings. The top three winners were awarded Amazon gift cards with a total cash value of $1000. The HCPE and SCO are proud of these aspiring ODs and their accomplishments!
1st Place Winner
“My experience at Carolinas Vision Group is what made me decide that private practice is the modality I ultimately prefer. Private practice allows an optometrist to be the ultimate decision-maker in their business tactics, and grants them the freedom to make changes in order to increase profits.”
2nd Place Winner
Des Moines, IA
“Shadowing three different office settings in the same metro area showed me how vast the field of optometry truly is. It opened my eyes to all the different ways I could potentially practice, just in my hometown. This experience further solidified my goals to pursue a career in pediatric behavioral/developmental optometry, doing vision therapy, sports vision, and rehabilitative services.”
3rd Place Winner
“Optometry is a great medical profession and a field where honestly one could never get bored. Every exam is different because every patient is different. There are so many opportunities for specialization, and I look forward to my future in this ever-growing profession.”
Congratulations to our winners!
Registration for this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is in full swing. For the first year, Southern College of Optometry has created an official team for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college.
Anyone interested in running or walking one of the St. Jude races is invited to sign up by joining the “Southern College of Optometry” team via the link below. The race events, which will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, consist of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon.
SCO team registration includes a training/race shirt, organized group runs, online training tips, and a pre-race pasta dinner on the SCO campus.
If you have already registered and would like to join the SCO team, please contact the faculty team captains for details; Dr. Julie Shalhoub ([email protected]), Dr. Tyler Kitzman ([email protected]) or Dr. Halie Cottrill ([email protected]).
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located less than 3 miles away from SCO, is one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Stay tuned for additional team updates as training continues up through race day!
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) has collaborated with MATA to provide a commute alternative for SCO students, faculty and staff. MMDC piloted The Groove Shuttle, which is a commuter shuttle between Harbor Town and the Memphis Medical District.
The Groove Shuttle began operating and transporting people with a soft launch earlier this week, and the official launch will be the first week of September where MMDC will host a series of events to engage employees and students. The shuttle is free for employees and students with valid identification cards from medical and educational institutions in the Medical District. The shuttle will also be open to the public who pay standard MATA fare prices.
The Groove Shuttle will operate in conjunction with the MMDC Guaranteed Ride Home program, offered through the RideAmigos online app. Guaranteed Ride Home ensures that should an emergency arise, anyone using the Groove Shuttle can get home safely and easily. Users can sign up for the RideAmigos app online to access Lyft carshare credit for up to $8 per trip, to be used at their discretion.
The shuttle will run Monday through Friday during peak commute hours: 6:30 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm. The service will not operate during weekends or on MATA-recognized holidays. It will also run on 15-minute intervals and stop at five locations. Be sure to look for the blue Groove Shuttle signs:
Be sure to follow @mmdc901 on social media and visit mdcollaborative.org/groove/about for more information Groove Shuttle launch promotions and updates.
Our very own SCO students were in the spotlight at this year’s American Optometric Association (AOA) meeting in St. Louis, MO.
Callie Mashburn, '20, received the highest National Board score of any optometry student in the nation. Aaron Tollett, '20, was named AOSA Student of the Year and was also profiled in this video that played at the AOA meeting.
Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, '21, was honored as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Walmart/Sam's Club Project Foresight national scholarship competition. In addition to being named one of 19 $2,000 winners, Noelle also was presented the $5,000 grand prize and traveling trophy held in the photo by President Reich.
Rounding out AOA news, Rachel Werner, '20, represented SCO at the AOSA student bowl, where SCO's t-shirt design earned a save for another chance in the competition.
Congratulations to our SCO students!
Southern College of Optometry was in the spotlight at the Volunteer Memphis Awards, taking home two of the top categories for our service to the Memphis community.
The awards recognize “individuals, civic groups, non-profits, and companies who represent excellence in volunteerism and make the Mid-South a better place.”
Jan Frazier-Scott from SCO’s Human Resources team was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for her commitment for her service through the NAACP Memphis chapter and her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to a volunteer has demonstrated significant hours of service for 2018. Jan’s award was presented by host Stephanie Scurlock, News Channel 3 anchor.
SCO was awarded the Corporate Citizens Award in the Medium Companies category for our commitment to service by providing eye care and participation in various service projects in the Mid-South including Project Homeless Connect, EyeSpy: A Day at the Zoo, Eye Serve Memphis, and many others. The Corporate Citizens Award recognizes companies that have positively influenced and impacted the local community and that has demonstrated a strong concentration of service in the community through outreach and employee engagement. The award was accepted by Kate Bucko, Interim Director of Grants & Community Engagement.
Congratulations to Jan Frazier-Scott and thanks to everyone who help volunteer and represent SCO in our community!