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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!