Welcome back to all of our members! To start the spring semester, Dr. Delgado-Nixon, a professor at The Ohio State College of Optometry, led the club in one of our favorite annual activities, a cow eyeball dissection. Dr. Nixon walked our members through how to perform the dissection and a description of everything that we looked at. Thank you so much Dr. Delgado-Nixon for another great meeting!
Today, we heard Dr. Plaumann talk to us about pursuing her PhD at Ohio State after completing her optometry degree at Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Paumann talked to our club members about her decision to pursue further education following optometry school and answered several questions from our pre-optometry students. Have a happy New Year, and we will see everyone back in 2017!
Our guest speaker for this meeting was Zachary Levin-Epstein, a representative from the State University of New York College of Optometry (SUNY). Zachary started his presentation by explaining the advantages of going into the field of optometry. We then learned more about the specifics of how to apply to optometry school and the advantages of SUNY. Zachary answered several questions from our club members.
Today, Ryan Hollister spoke to our Pre-Optometry club about the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Ryan talked to our members about PCO’s optometry program and clinical campus. In addition, he also spoke to our club members about the surrounding city, Philadelphia. At the conclusion of his presentation, Ryan answered numerous questions regarding applications and PCO.
Today we were so lucky to have Dr. Davis as our guest speaker. Dr. Davis spoke to our members about her background and experience in optometry, including opening her first optometry practice. Dr. Davis then explained to us all the great work that her and her team do at Lower Lights. We congratulate you on winning the American Optometric Association Educator of the Year award, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on October 25th!
Justin Griest, head of admissions at OSU College of Optometry, spoke to the Pre-Opotometry Club today. Justin began by sharing many facts and data about the field of optometry. He then spoke to us about what Ohio State’s College of Optometry has to offer, and he encouraged all club members to sign-up to attend the Visit Day on October 15th. Justin then explained the application process including OAT prep, Optomcas, and interviewing strategies. Justin then answered numerous question from our club members. Hope to see you all at our next meeting on October 11th!
Our guest speaker for this meeting was Dr. Mulvihill. Dr Mulvihill graduated from The Ohio State College of Optometry, and he is now completing his residency in vision therapy at Ohio State. Dr. Mulvihill answered questions about his experience with optometry school and applying to residency programs. After telling us about himself, Dr. Mulvihill gave our club members a tour of the binocular vision and pediatrics clinic. Following the tour, Dr. Mulvihill showed us the equipment that he uses to treat patients in need of vision therapy.
At our first meeting of the year, Pre-Optometry club heard from a variety of guest speaks. Shawn Gilbert, our adviser, welcomed all members and introduced Dean Karla Zadnik. Dean Zadnik spoke to our members about her journey into and through the field of optometry. Shawn Curtner, clinic director, spoke about OSU’s clinical care program and asked for students to consider working in his federal work study. Justin Griest, head of recruitment, spoke about the upcoming fall Visit Day on October 15th (register at optometry.osu.edu/visitday). The executive board then introduced themselves and their positions. All members were given the opportunity to participate in a tour of the College of Optometry. Hope to see everyone at our next meeting on September 13th!
For our last meeting of the year, we heard from Dr. John Melnyk. He told us about his work at CarePoint East and with the Havener Eye Institute. Through his discussion about how all of his patients are referrals, we learned about his collaboration with other health care providers. Dr. Melnyk shared about how he sees many unusual cases with his patients and has a very unique experience in representing ophthalmology as an optometrist.
We held our club elections for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The results are as follows:
President: Krista Roberts
Vice President: Emma Thompson
Secretary: Kelly Lutmer
Treasurer: Shelve Shah
Historian: Jeremy Saxon
Social & Community Chair: Spencer Day
Fundraising Chair: Danica Downward