In this meeting, we had Dr. Joan Nerderman, RN, OD, speak to the pre-optometry club. Dr. Nerderman spoke about her past leading up to optometry, where she became an RN, and eventually an optometrist. After this, she spoke about the pros and cons of private practice, working with an ophthalmologist, and eventually working at faith mission hospital. To conclude the meeting, she showed us examples of interesting patients she has encountered, including a, “Talc Retinopathy” patient, along with a patient with an inflamed/raised optic nerve. If you need to email her for volunteer opportunities at faith mission, her email is Nerderman.email@example.com.
In this meeting, we had 3 second-year optometry students speak on behalf of the College of Optometry. The main things that they talked about were the OAT, the admission process, and their overall experience thus far within the college. Many questions were asked by all grades, and it gave everyone a great look into what is to come at the College of Optometry at Ohio State! Finally, Danny Helin presented Mentor/Mentee pairs for the rest of the year, hopefully growing relationships within the club while pushing each other further in the field of optometry.
Justin Greist, Director of Admissions and financial aid at OSU college of optometry came to speak to pre-optometry club today. A few pieces that Justin touched on during the meeting were preparation for optometry school, the admission process, and the OSU experience. An overall very productive meeting that gave great insight into the College of Optometry at OSU as a whole. Justin also touched on the College of Optometry Admissions Day, which is occurring on September 30th 1230pm-430pm.
During our first meeting of the year, Dean Zednik came in and gave a talk outlining the beginning of the year in Optometry club. She outlined how she got her start in Optometry, and how she became the Dean of Optometry at Ohio State University. She also touched on inspiring stories from new inductees from the Optometry class of 2021. The Executive board gave introductions prior to the talk, and then Shawn Gilbert gave a tour of the College of Optometry.