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After returning from Belize, I headed back home to Nashville. I spent the majority of my break enjoying time with my family and friends. The summer months are always filled with graduations, weddings, holiday barbecues and last but not least, my birthday! While at home, I was also able to volunteer at the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program sponsored in part by the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. Students and staff doctors from SCO volunteered to conduct eye exams and provide glasses for the athletes participating in the day’s activities. Everyone I worked with was great and I became quite adept at using a hand-held tonometer, might I add! All in all, I had a wonderful time just relaxing with friends & family and being a tourist in my own city. It was probably the first true summer break I’ve had without classes, a job or internship in a very long time. So, no complaints here! Although, a couple of additional weeks couldn’t have hurt. :-)
Which brings me to the start of second year..we’re back! True to style, we hit the ground running in our Theory and Methods lab. One lab is dedicated to keeping our refraction and chair skills sharp, while the other session is where we will learn slit lamp skills. Very exciting! As far as lectures go, we are taking Evidence Based Medicine, Basic Pathology, and Systemic Pharmacology. We also have two new additions to our curriculum – a weekly Service Learning Workshop and an Interprofessional Educational seminar series, both of which I’m also very excited about. By nature of it being a six-week term, classes and labs are conducted at a much faster pace. But, I’ve found myself keeping up and getting back into “student mode” with no problem…so far so good!
Until next time!