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The Class of 2021 recently participated in the Spring 2020 Continuous Quality Improvement Project where students work on problem-solving exercises to recommend clinical care ideas that can be implemented in future workplaces.
Dr. Jim Venable, Vice President for Clinical Programs said: "This year's submissions were the most impressive of any year thus far, so much so that I have decided to increase the award amounts in order that each member of the respective teams can benefit more."
Dr. Venable's team of judges announced these winners for the Spring 2020 Continuous Quality Improvement Project:
First Place, splitting a $1,500 prize for their proposal for improving the patient experience in Contact Lens: Student Doctors Daniel Bloemer, Mario Martinez, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Greyson Ramos, and Sara Stockwell.
Second Place, splitting a $1,000 prize for "Extreme Makeover - TEC Optical Edition": Student Doctors Autumn Killop, Emily Laga, Samantha Lee, Michelle Nagro, Casey Oltman, and John Tompkins.
Third Place, splitting a $500 prize for Improving Contact Lens Insertion and Removal Training: "Student Doctors Michael Sayonh, Lindsey McCallon, Emily Barron, Trevor Smith, and Bret Brill.
Dr. Lisa Wade, who teaches the Practice Management course, added about the experience: "Given the abrupt and significant changes optometric practices have undergone in the last seven weeks, I think it will be a skill that you will have occasion to use early and often in your optometric career."