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Biren and classmates at Eye Ball Fourth Year Here I Come!

Fourth Year Here I Come!

Wow, I can’t believe I am taking my last set of final exams in optometry school ever! Third year students have two final exams and then we are off to our fourth year rotations. It is a bittersweet moment because the next time I will see all of my classmates together will be next year during graduation.…

Maria in front of her research poster Powering Through My Final Weeks as an OD 4

Powering Through My Final Weeks as an OD 4

Where has the time gone? It doesn’t feel like it has been almost a whole year since I started my journey as an OD 4. I remember being both nervous and excited about beginning full time patient care. I also remember having a significant amount of stress about passing my various optometric…

Hannah in front of poster Presenting My Research at ARVO 2018 in Hawaii!

Presenting My Research at ARVO 2018 in Hawaii!

After a year of data collection and analysis for my Master’s project at NECO, I finally got a chance to show the research community what I’ve been working on at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference. This year, ARVO was held in Hawaii and drew an internationally…

Doctors Ernest Lowenstein, Michael Gallaway, Celia Hinrichs, and Richard Laudon 2018 Behavioral Scholar in Residence

2018 Behavioral Scholar in Residence

This guest blog entry was contributed by Celia Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD. She is currently in private practice in Sudbury with a referral based practice in behavioral optometry. She is joining the NECO Faculty in July. She also serves as a member of the Behavioral Scholar in Residence Committee. Below,…

Group photo of VOSH participants Vamonos a la República Dominicana! (Let’s go to the Dominican Republic!)

Vamonos a la República Dominicana! (Let’s go to the Dominican Republic!)

For the past three years I have been volunteering for the student VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) chapter at NECO for the opportunity to perform optometric services to underserved communities in a third world country. This year, a group of 22 students, 5 optometrists, and 2 volunteers…

Biren and group of students on steps Conquering One Eye Exam at a Time

Conquering One Eye Exam at a Time

VAMOS CHICOS! Last week I had the great opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to provide eye exams to the underserved neighborhoods of Santo Domingo and Santiago. Alongside 21 other students and 5 optometrists, we examined a total of 800 patients, representing all different ages ranging…

 OD/MS: Graduating from NECO with 2 degrees!

OD/MS: Graduating from NECO with 2 degrees!

Some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a student at New England College of Optometry have been through the dual OD/MS degree program. As a graduate student studying optometry, my passion for learning about both the ocular and systemic conditions that affect the way in which my patients…

 Keep An Eye On Your Children!

Keep An Eye On Your Children!

Sometimes, when looking at my clinic’s schedule of the day, I experience a hesitant feeling when I see anyone under the age of eight on the schedule. It feels ridiculous, to be nervous of a patient so young and innocent. But then I wonder what the chief complaint could be and hope that patient compliance…

Aerial view of College building Interview Day Reflections

Interview Day Reflections

New England College of Optometry (NECO) was the first optometry school where I interviewed. I traveled there not believing there was a real chance that I would attend. I thought I’d go somewhere closer to my home in New Jersey - and so did my family. I still wanted to go to the interview, though,…

 Time to Suit Up!

Time to Suit Up!

In January, NECO hosted its first Career Symposium aimed to provide networking opportunities and workshops for success post-graduation. The AOSA trade show set up booths in one section of the school where students and residents had the chance to talk to representatives from Walmart, Alcon, Luxottica,…