Meeting Minutes 04/20/2021

Today we heard from current optometrist who have different specialties. Here are the minutes:

Dr. Flom and Dr. Earley

  • Flom
    • Low vision rehab
    • 25 years
    • Johns Hopkins clinical research and UC Berkeley for Opt school
  • Earley
    • Associate Dean for Academic affairs
    • Chair of admissions committee
    • Professor for 31 year here
    • Went to Opt school at OSU and did phD at OSU, undergrad at Northwestern
    • Specializes: pediatrics (started in peds), vision therapy, traumatic brain injury and neuro-optometry mostly now
  • What makes up your specialty?
    • Recommends 6-9 months for first eye exam. For peds, have to like working with babies and have to like working objectively
    • Have to stay on top of the science in your specialty (ex: treatment of lazy eye) Have to make sure that you “change with the times”
    • Specialization is more common because the field of optometry is growing
    • Have to like a challenge to go into neuro
    • You have to like the patients you’re working with
    • Don’t let the challenge scare you though
    • Low vision:
      • Works with patient who are “partially sighted”
      • Have mild-moderate-severe visual impairment
      • Providing equipment, strategies, and devices for them to function at a higher level
      • Can’t really “correct” anything, but can help
      • Help get some independence
    • How is your speciality different day by day and from a regular optometrist
      • Binocular vision and vision therapy: there’s a lot of variety in the patients (ex: age)
        • Likes that most of his patients have already been seen before
        • See patients where “nothing more can be done”
        • Don’t see as much comp exams and contact lenses, it’s more challenging work
        • “The most challenging patients are the most satisfying”
      • Low vision
        • Really high stakes (will I ever be able to drive? Will I be able to read again?)
        • Special telescope glasses to help with night driving, can help see if you qualify for disability
        • Thrill of walking into an exam room and not knowing what you’re going to get
        • Have a national network and involvement in a national organization
      • Earley says opt is the best career in the world
      • What do you want out of your career?
        • Not going to be stressed all day long and want to prescribe glasses – great! Private practice is great
        • When you become a specialist, you’re going to see a lot more restrictive patients
          • Only the patients who need you are going to come see you. As a low vision specialist, you aren’t going to see patients who can see fine.
          • The more specialized you’re going, the more restrictive in the patients you see and it’s going to be more challenging
          • You’ll get a feeling for who you are and who you want to be as a doctor.
        • How did you decide on your specialty
          • Earley:
            • “I get to race kids down the hall. They wouldn’t like that at low vision”
            • Started out as pediatrician interest. Was in medical school to begin with but couldn’t have fun with medical side of pediatrics
            • Loves working with kids
          • Downside of your specialties
            • Earley
              • Allow of neuro complications. Come to you with the hope that you can help but you can’t always help
              • Have to work with them to “reset” their goals
              • Optometry with a heavy dose of psychology built in
            • Flom:
              • High pressure but can be done with support
              • Low vision devices aren’t covered by insurance – economic challenges
            • Legislative stuff
              • Ohio has great collaboration between the college, the state board, and the OOA/AOA
              • A lot of faculty are involved in legislative stuff so if you’re interested in trying to change something, there’s a lot of support in the faculty
              • We have to educate about optometry
              • You can write your senator or your congressman about scope expansion and encourage change
                • Listen to students more than they listen to doctor because you can always leave and form a practice elsewhere if things don’t change
              • Realeyes presentations
            • How does a specialty change your education
              • Doesn’t change your education at Ohio State
              • Smaller college and a lot of patients for every specialty.
              • Everyone rotates through every specialty to get experience
              • You don’t get to opt in or opt out of things, you get to learn everything about optometry. At OSU, doesn’t change your opt education
              • If you’re interested in specialties, go to into a residency – primarily ocular disease residencies
                • Gives you a one year focus on your specialty
                • Example: if you’re doing a peds residency, you’re just going to see peds patients
              • You don’t have to do a residency, you can just build up experience over time
              • In optometry, by definition there is no “specialization”
                • You can’t necessarily advertise yourself as a specialist
                • Controversial – becomes political when you start talking about specialization
                • Maybe this can become a legislative thing?
              • Academy of optometry has diplomate programs that help you become an “expert” in a specialty

Meeting Minutes 03/30/2021

Today we heard from a panel of current OSU Optometry students. Here are the minutes:

Students speaking:

  • Rochelle
  • Hanna
  • Kinsley
  • Abby
  • Liz
  • Madison
  • Jaime
  • Rami


  • Working as a tech is beneficial but not completely necessary. You’ll do fine if you don’t work at a practice. Do shadow though
  • Most beneficial things from working in a practice
    • Patient interaction
    • Will lead to good letters of recommendation
  • How did they know they wanted to do opt without working as a tech
    • LOTS of shadowing in different offices
    • Good work/life balance
    • Not as much schooling as med school
  • Optometry isn’t just “one or two” and prescribing glasses and contacts. “Can never really get bored”
    • Versatile
  • Workload in undergrad vs opt school
    • A LOT
    • Will take some time to get used to
    • Not going to have as much free time
    • May have to change the way that you study
    • But it’s worth it and you can do it
    • A lot more material
  • What did you do in undergrad that prepped you for opt
    • Well-rounded application
    • Leadership/club positions
    • Hobbies and interests
    • Being involved
  • How did you get letters of Rec
    • Someone who knows you
    • Maybe a prof. of a smaller class size?
    • Pick someone that you shadowed a couple times or a prof that you had in class a couple times
  • How did you write personal statement
    • Prob not stressed as much, but still make it good
    • Don’t let it overwhelm you
    • Start off with a story/values
    • Try to show that you researched the profession (more for the interview but still)
    • Brag about yourself without sounding cheesy
  • Studying tips
    • Find what works best for you
    • One person may be able to re-read slides while another re-writes everything
    • Don’t let other’s ways of studying influence you
    • Don’t put a time on it – you’re just going to overwork or stress yourself out
    • Know when to take breaks
    • You’re learning to remember and apply not learning to memorize and pass a test
    • “6 hours of classes. If you try to do 1 hr per class, you’re at 12 hrs for the day, so just keep in mind it’s about efficiency” -Jaime
    • Every class has different requirements
    • Learn to recognize when you’re not being efficient
    • Engage with your learning
  • Application/why OSU
    • Apply where you want to go
    • Offers in-state tuition after 1st year
    • Get to see all specialties
    • You’re going to be well prepared
    • Learning to interact with patients in the first year by doing pretesting
    • The alumni always talk about how great OSU is and they still talk to classmates and professors
    • It’s a family
    • Apply places you can see yourself living for the next 4 years

Meeting Minutes 03/16/2021

Today we heard from Jen Bennett about the interviewing process! Here are the meeting notes:

Jen Bennett

  • There’s no perfect candidate – bring your uniqueness to the table
  • Don’t interview without practicing. Even 15-20 minutes of practicing can make a difference! It’ll make you more comfortable
  • Look at interviewing as storytelling
    • You already have your own expertise (your own stories)
    • Leadership potential
    • Take a look at interview skills
    • Your empathy and exposure to diversity
    • Resiliency
    • Self awareness
      • A source of confidence
      • Can talk about something that you know well
      • Get to know your accomplishments, missteps, your personality, your core values, your goals, your strengths and weaknesses, your competitive edge
      • Explore assessment tools to get to know yourself better or meet with a counselor
    • Stories bring specificity and they’re memorable/hold attention
    • List your experiences
      • Use your resume, mentoring, jobs, internships, hobbies, talents, research, etc.
    • Develop 6 basic stories
      • When you solved a problem
      • A time when you overcame a challenge
      • When you made a mistake (be selective)
      • When you were a leader (how did you impact others?)
      • When you worked with a team
      • When you did something interested
    • Crafting your stories
      • Highlight your advantage
      • Have a beginning/middle/end
      • Vary the setting
      • How you impacted the outcome
      • How you turned a negative into a positive
      • Some high school experiences are okay (like big moments) but try to have more recent examples
    • Practice telling your stories
      • To a friend, to yourself in the mirror, use a video
      • Create a cheat sheet to study and for your interview if you draw a blank
    • STAR Method to respond to interview questions
      • Formula for responding to behavioral interview questions – talking about yourself in action
      • “Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of…”
      • Situation/Task
        • Describe the situation/task
        • Be specific
      • Action
      • Results Achieved
        • What happened, what did you accomplish, what did you learn, what changed
      • For narrative questions: create an elevator pitch
    • The “Performance” of interviewing
        • I’m a people person
        • I love working with people
        • I want to help people
        • I’m hardworking
        • I’m dedicated
        • I don’t quit
        • I’m passionate
        • I’m organized
      • ^ great things to say about yourself, but DESCRIBE how you’re hardworking/dedicated, how you work with people, etc.
      • Go deep
        • Don’t just report on your first bad grade, instead talk about your transformation into college
        • Apply reflection
      • Be yourself
      • Conduct a practice interview
      • Interviewing the interviewer
        • What do you need to know to make a school decision
        • Ask thoughtful questions and make them go deep
        • Ex:
          • How does your program define success
          • What differentiates you from others
          • How would you describe the culture of the program
          • What initiatives are you working on for the future
          • Who are your most successful alumni
        • Interviews are similar to auditions or performances
        • Practice feeling uncomfortable
        • Improv comedy exercises can help with flexibility and agility in delivering question responses
          • Flex your imagination
            • Take any object and demonstrate using it in a way that it’s not intended to be used
          • Harness the power of pretend
            • Talk about something that you don’t know anything about but practice being convincing
          • Yes…and…
            • Practice keeping a conversation going by using yes…and -accept and build from what is said by others
          • Your mission:
            • Build content for interview
            • Practice the delivery
            • Consider the pro tips

Meeting Minutes 03/02/2021

At today’s meeting we heard from our advisor, Shawn Gilbert, and two of our own members regarding the admission process for optometry school. We took extensive notes, so that you can reference back to these minutes during your own application process!

Shawn Gilbert:

Applying to optometry school:

Application Timeline
– During academic years 1-3, take prereqs and complete shadowing

May-june after your 3rd year, take the OAT

  • –  Finish finals and then go all out in OAT studying
  • –  4-6 weeks of studying
  • –  Do not cram! It will not work! You know this material already, but it’s a lot.

July between your 3rd and 4th year, you will want to apply/submit your application

  • –  July to ~ September is when you should submit your application because it is rollingadmission!
  • –  68 spots on July 1st, but when we get to February, likely the class is already half full. Atthis point, a lot of people are competing for fewer spots.
  • –  It will feel good to apply early, be accepted somewhere, and be able to enjoy your senioryear without that extra stress.
  • –  6-8 weeks to get a response back from OSU about an interview

Aim to interview in autumn of your 4th year

Navigating OptomCas:

  • –  Personal information (Standard things about yourself)
  • –  COVID-19 section (at least the next 4-6 years, probably).. What your institution wasdoing about COVID-19, how this affected your classes, etc.
  • –  OAT Pin (automatically uploads entry exam scores)
  • –  Academic history (different universities, high school community college, etc)
  • –  Will transfer into OptomCas transcript/GPA, but not Ohio State transcript/GPA
  • –  Must enter what courses you took in the transcript section and then also submit officialtranscripts to OptomCas (to verify everything you’ve typed is correct)… Can pay more to

    have it automatically entered (~$20)

  • –  AP courses will show up on your OSU transcript.
  • –  Standardized tests (OSU accepts OAT, GRE, etc.)
  • –  But OAT and GRE are the only ones that will automatically upload in OptomCas. If youtook another exam like MCAT, can upload as a secondary document or email them to Shawn
  • –  If English is not your first language, OSU requires TOEFL exam
  • –  Letters of Recommendation (3+)
  • –  Add profiles (add their contact info)
  • –  OptomCas sends them an email
  • –  Don’t have to upload them on your end
  • –  Reach out at least a month in advance, so they are expecting the email.
  • –  You can add a due date for them!
  • –  Experiences: Work/Volunteer/clubs/organizations
  • –  Shadowing, Employment, Optometric
  • –  Ex: Optometric Technician: can put under any of the above categories
  • –  Ex: IDOC: underrepresented minority program through OSU; Totally free! Can put thisunder experiences
  • –  If anyone is interested in applying for the IDOC program, here is the link to theapplication:
  • –  Ex: Interviewing an Optometrist; not super picky what category you put these in because Shawn looks at it all
  • –  Achievements: try to stick to stuff in undergrad!
  • –  They don’t include it in their review if it’s from before undergrad
  • –  Program Materials:
  • –  Essay question
  • –  Pin
  • –  When you’re taking test
  • –  Documents section: Options (CV/Resume, Observation Hours (honor system), other)
  • –  You can upload these if you want to, but you’ll probably add everything into activitiessection anyways
  • –  ‘Other’ is where you would upload other entry exams, not including the OATOnce OSU receives transcripts and application (and verify everything is correct), Shawn is then able to review and hopefully invite you for an interview!

    Applications: 600 Interviews: 130 Admitted Students: 85 Class Size: 68

Apply to other schools, even if you think you know where you want to go!

Interview Day Goals:

  • –  OSU wants to learn more about you
  • –  Evaluate your communication, leadership, and knowledge of optometry
  • –  Want to know things beyond what’s on your applicationThey try hard to be transparent on interview day!
  • –  Aren’t trying to create an intimidating or deceptive atmosphere
  • –  Want you to get to know the program! They realized you are going to have options.
  • –  It’s just as much you trying to sell yourself as OSU trying to sell themselves to you!Interview Preparation Videos:
  1. Financial Aid
  2. Interview day overview and tips
  3. Curriculum overview

Be sure to view all videos prior to your arrival!

These videos allow you to concentrate on developing questions, so you don’t have to memorize material. You will have access to these resources after your interview.

If in-person: loved ones can join you for the afternoon after your interview, lunch, can ask questions.

Interview Day Agenda:

8:30am – Arrive, housekeeping items
9:00am – Interviews begin
12:00pm – Lunch with current students (family/loved ones can go to lunch with faculty) 1:00pm – Tour of College
1:30pm – What separates OSU from the rest
3:30pm – Conclusion

Each interviewee has 30-35 minute spot (~8 students interviewing each day) – Pretty much free time unless you are actively interviewing

2-3 interview committee members and you (two rooms going at once: one with 2 interviewers, the other with 3)

  • –  Try to keep majority of questions you have for group setting (especially if you think it’ll be beneficial for everyone)
  • –  Open file interviews: interviewers have reviewed your file ahead of time
  • –  There will be no trick questions!
  • –  You will receive prep materials ahead of time.Abi Hilvers.8 and Becca Roffe.6

1. How did you prepare for the OAT? Becca: signed up in December; set it for May

  • –  Utilized email service (daily questions; question a day for 5 months)
  • –  Kaplan course
  • –  Supposed to take it in May, but covid → july
  • –  Get results right away! Take a pic and send them to Shawn!
  • –  On OAT’s instagram account they have daily questions as well!
  • –  Applied in late july; heard back in august; interviewed in october
  • –  Interview was very lowkey! Interviewed with 2 of classmates going into next year
  • –  OSU doesn’t ask you anything you’re not expecting
  • –  Shawn called the next week

Best way to prep: Kaplan, a couple of months (books, flashcards)

  • –  Studied the morning of in the car, which was helpful
  • –  Going over notes from classAbi: Signed up during spring break to take the exam; Took exam july 31st
    • –  Kaplan 2 week course
    • –  Reach out to kaplan customer service before your exam for discount codes
    • –  Kaplan flashcards!
    • –  Applied in August, and had an interview in October
    • –  OSU classes prepare you well for the exam

2. How to register for OAT?

  • –  Apply for pin
  • –  They give you step-by-step instructions to apply to take the test!
  • –  Test usually available most days of the week if you schedule ahead of time

3. How many hours/week did you study for the OAT?

  • –  Becca: At the beginning, about an hour. As the exam got closer, around 3-4 hours
  • –  Abi: 3-4 hours a week.. Took sunday off.. Allowed free time to adjust to life/giveyourself free time!
  • –  Beyond 3-4 hours, can get overwhelming

4. Interview Prep:


  • –  Videos OSU sent
  • –  Took notes; wrote questions along the way
  • –  Asked others what they think may be asked by interviewers
  • –  Came prepared with some questions (do your research on the program!)
  • –  Only ~30 minutes; spent mostly on talking about you and your accomplishment
  • –  Felt like talking to friends
  • –  Lunch with students; ask them about their experience
  • –  “What class do you wish you would’ve taken?”.. The students said Immunology
  • –  Most of afternoon spent learning about OSUAbi:
  • –  Talked about mutual people (professionals in the field she’s worked for)
  • –  OSU made you feel welcome and not overwhelmed
  • –  Schedule other interviews first to take the stress off.. Can be a confidence boost
  • –  Write out the top ~5 things you want to make sure you mention in your interview (as areference)

5. How long did it take for OAT scores to come back?

  • –  Right away! Official paper in the mail 2-3 weeks later
  • –  If you’re wearing a mask, try to avoid wearing glasses because of fog 🙁

6. Did you apply right when the application opened? How long did it take you to complete the application?

  • –  Took a few weeks to complete, but could probably complete in a few hours if you really wanted.
  • –  Transcript entry is the hardest part!
  • –  Ask for transcripts in advance! Especially if they’re a smaller college/university.. Mighttake a little bit longer

7. If you haven’t taken all of the pre-requisite classes by the time you apply, is there a place to include those on the application or what is the process for that?

  • –  Yes, there is a section for classes you plan to take, but haven’t yet
  • –  Helpful for Shawn if he knows when you plan on taking these courses!

8. Do any optometry schools have secondary essays?

  • –  Some, not all. If they do, they’re easy questions, for the most part.
  • –  Some schools have multiple interviews

9. How many letters of recommendation? – About 3-4

10. Did you do anything in undergrad that you found helpful when applying?

  • –  Volunteering
  • –  Pre-Optometry Club (may be recognized/created meaningful relationships with people inthe school/in the field)
  • –  Extracurriculars you enjoy!! You’ll have way more to talk about/sound passionate aboutduring an interview.
  • –  Asked about any interest in specialization. If you shadow under a specialty, this is a greatopportunity to get more diverse encounters

11. How many schools did you apply to/how many would you recommend?

  • –  At least 3; have some back ups just in case
  • –  Apply early in case you need to apply to your back ups!12. How did you decide which schools to apply to?

– Look into their programs! (What do they focus on? Clinical, research, etc.)

13. How do people working in admissions perceive a gap year?
– As long as you’re doing something to make you a better student, applicant, and/or optometrist, you’re fine!

Meeting Minutes 02/16/2021

Today we heard from Melissa with Salus/PCO! We also concluded our Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Competition against the Pre-Dentistry Club, in which we both were competing to see who could raise the most money in a week for Remote Area Medical. We were able to raise $353 and win the competition! Together we were able to raise over $600 for RAM, which is amazing!

Here are the meeting minutes:


  • Latin for Health and Wellbeing
  • Only graduate classes
  • Founded in 1919 as PCO, 2008 as Salus
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Early clinical experience (first week of first year)
  • 5 externship rotations starting in 3rd year
  • Advanced Studies
    • Anterior Seg
    • CLs
    • Binocular Vision
    • VT
    • Neuro-Opth. Disease
  • Dual Degree Options
    • Low Vision Rehab (MS)
    • Biomedicine (MSc/PhD)
  • Curriculum reflecting an evolving profession
  • Early Clinical Training
    • Clinical Problem Solving in second year
    • 70 hr clerkship during summer between first and second years
    • Community Vision Screenings
  • Externship Programs
    • 5 years
    • One rotation during third year- Primary Care
    • Four 4th year quarters
      • Ocular disease
      • CL
      • Hospital
      • Collaborative care
      • One must be at TEI (The Eye Institute)
    • 400 Active Sites
      • 100 in PA
      • 3 in Canada
      • Military international
    • The Eye Institute (TEI)
      • Philly
      • Satellite locations
    • Research Opportunities
      • Peds
      • Binocular vision
      • DM and Retina
      • Brain Injury
    • Admissions
      • 836 apply
      • Class size 150
      • GPA: 3.3
      • OAT: 304 (AA), 291 (TS)
        • Will take highest score from each section
      • Rolling Admissions
      • Prereq grades of C or higher
      • 3 letters of rec
      • 25 hours of shadowing
      • Do accept GRE
      • CASPer test: non-cognitive attributes (empathy and ethics)
    • Accelerated Scholars Program
      • Indicate interest on OptomCAS
      • OAT: 330+
      • Require bachelors degree
      • Same pre-req
      • GPA of 3.5
      • 100 hours of experience
      • MMI interview: Multiple Mini Interview (give you different scenarios to respond to)
      • July start date
      • 3 year program
    • Pre-Reqs
      • Bio 1 year w lab
      • Chem 1 year w lab
      • OChem 1 year w lab
      • Physics 1 year w lab
      • Microbio .5 year w lab
      • English 1 year
      • Math 1 year
      • Psych .5 year
      • Stats .5 year
      • RECOMMEND:
        • Biohem
        • Anatomy and Phys
        • Neurology
        • Cell Bio
        • Genetics
        • Histology
      • Eval
        • Academics
        • Personal
        • Interview
      • Tuition:
        • $42,150 for traditional
        • $115,000 in scholarships
      • Student Orgs
        • National Honor Societies
        • SVOSH
        • Student Council
        • IM sports
      • No on campus housing
        • Cost for 1 bedroom $900-1000
      • Most go on to private practice
      • OLE: Optometry Learning Experience
        • 2-3 day event to experience Salus
      • Summer Enrichment Program
        • Aimed towards underrepresented populations
        • Introduce participants to PCO
      • Admissions Contact:

Meeting Minutes 02/02/2021

Attached are the minutes from our first meeting of the semester! We had the chance to hear from Jen Walker, and her experience with being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. She now runs the Columbus chapter of Foundation Fighting Blindness, which you can learn more about here.

“Retinitis Pigmentosa

  • Couldn’t see well at night and tripped a lot
  • Aged 14 diagnosed
  • Started noticing more symptoms after birth of daughter at age 26
    • Lost periphery
    • Started using a cane “turned in license and got the cane the same day”

Foundation Fighting Blindness

  • For inherited retinal diseases
  • Runs Cbus chapter
  • Funds lots of clinical trials
  • 41 chapters
  • Dining in the dark
    • Host dinner where people wear blindfolds and eat dinner
  • Vision walk
  • Have guide puppies at all events
  • Database of people with retinal diseases
  • Fund lots of grants
  • Legislation

Enjoyed going to the optometrist the most vs. retinal specialist (for example) because she was able to form a relationship with the optometrist and it felt like talking to a real person.”

Meeting Minutes 11/17/2020

In this meeting, we heard from Midwestern College of Optometry. Below you can find our meeting minutes and notes!

70:30 female:male

GPA: 3.34

Science GPA: 3.16

  • Midwestern: 1900 as American College of osteopathic medicine and surgery
  • Able to expand to AZ
  • All health professional degree programs
  • One Health holistic program
  • Wellness center, dorms, and apt complex (eligible at any year)
  • 24/7 security and free parking
  • New building as of 2017
  • Clinical Optometry Lab with overhead screens for teaching and observation
    • Private rooms for exams or proficiency
    • Similar to NC board exam room
  • Small class size (60)
  • Accessible faculty
  • Split into quarters
  • Year 1= basic science and core opt
  • Year 2= core opt
  • Year 3= opt and clinical
  • Year 4= clinical, 4 externships
  • First and third years are three quarters, third and fourth years are quarters
  • Capstone project
  • Business courses
  • Elective courses in third year such as sports vision and neuro-ophthalmology
  • Learn how to do lasers
  • VR Simulation Lab
  • OD/MPH Dual Degree Program
  • Specialties:
    • PCP
    • Ocular disease
    • Cl
    • Prosthetics
    • Peds/binocular vision
    • Low vision
    • Electro-diagnostics
    • Sportsvision
    • Tbi
  • Racially diverse patient population
  • See a lot of ocular disease
  • Professors speak many different languages such as Spanish, Chinese, polish, Greek, French, and more
  • Many university organizations, university-related and optometry-related
  • Everything through OptomCAS
    • No supplemental app
  • Closed file interview
  • Why optometry? Why our school?
  • Admissions Committee meets within 48 hours after interview to discuss
  • Should receive a notification in the same week
  • Requirements
    • GPA over 2.75 (cumulative and science)
    • Completion of bachelor’s degree
    • Competitive OAT (300+)
    • Two letters of rec
      • 1 opt ( no minimum hours of shadowing)
      • With COVID, interviewing an optometrist is okay
    • Prerequisite Courses
      • Biology with lab 8 semester hours
      • Anatomy 3 semester hours
      • Physiology 3 semester hours
      • General/Inorganic chem with lab 8 semester hours
      • Organic chem with lab with 4 semester hours
      • Biochemistry with 3 semester hours
      • Physics with 6 semester hours
      • Calculus with 3 semester hours
      • Microbiology with 3 semester hours
      • Stats with 3 semester hours
      • Psych with 3 semester hours
      • English with 6 semester hours
    • Accept different entrance tests as long as have good academic transcripts (GRE)
    • SEE at CCO to expose students to the Doctor or Optometry degree
    • Contact Info:

Meeting Minutes 10/06/2020

During this meeting, we heard a presentation from New England College of Optometry. Here are the notes from the meeting.

New England College of Optometry:

  • 1894
  • 130 class size
  • Boston, MA
  • See pts starting in second year
  • Faculty wants you to succeed
  • First Year:
    • Classroom, lab, pt care
    • Vision screenings and clinics
    • Heavy lecture and lab
  • Second Year:
    • Assigned first clinical site
    • Still heavy lecture/lab
    • 1 day/week in clinic
    • Can perform entire exam at end of second year
  • Third Year:
    • Still have classes
    • Business course
    • More time in clinics
  • Fourth Year:
    • 4, 3 month long rotations
    • Some rotations available in Canada and China
  • Have specialty programs, electives, residency option
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 20 exam lanes
  • 4 special lanes with new tech
  • Slit lamps with imagine systems for instand feedback
  • “Preparing today’s optometrists for tomorrow’s optometry”
  • Research:
    • Vision science
    • Biomed science
    • Clinical
    • Education
  • Combined MS/OD and PhD/OD program
    • Still grad in time
  • 15+ student orgs
  • Tutoring available
  • Assigned a faculty mentor
  • Rolling Admin: June 30-March 1
    • 1 letter of rec from optometrist
    • 1 letter of rec from a science professor
  • Average GPA: 3.4
  • Avg OAT: 320-300
  • Take GRE: 154/section, 4 on writing
  • Tuition:
    • $42,592
    • $19,800 living allowance
    • 90% receive aid
    • Scholarships awarded at time of acceptance
  • Questions:

Thank you to Emily DeRosa for presenting this information!

Meeting Minutes 10/20/2020

In today’s meeting, we had a presentation from Southern College of Optometry. Here are comprehensive notes about the school, taken by Becca Roffe.

SCO Meeting Notes

  • Stand alone private institution
  • Only optometry
  • Memphis, TN
  • 97% of entering students graduate
  • Clinically focused, though do have active research
  • Passing boards required to graduate
  • Non-Regional Tuition: about $38,292
  • Supportive, tight-knit community
  • Eye Center: clinic
    • Largest of its kind in US, second largest in world
  • External Clinic Sites
    • University of Memphis clinic
    • MobilEyes
  • All lectures recorded and provided to students
  • 20 student organizations and state clubs
  • Encourage advocacy and networking
  • Students from all over the country and internationally, many from Ohio
  • Average GPA: 3.61
  • Average OAT: 335
  • Apply 762/135 admitted
  • More than 100 scholarships or currently enrolled students
  • Entering Student scholarships: $1,000 to $20,000 a year (only offered to entering students and no application process)
  • Student loan repayment:
    • Average debt: $130,000
    • Offer financial support
    • Mandatory online financial literacy course (free before starting)
  • Mandatory Courses:
    • General Bio with lab (1 year)
    • General Chem with lab (1 year)
    • General physics with lab (1 year)
    • Micro with lab (1 course)
    • OChem with lab (1 course)
    • Biochem with lab (1 course)
    • Calc (1 course)
    • Stats (1 course)
    • Psych (1 course)
    • Social Studies (1 year)
    • English (1 year)
    • Recommend:
      • Anatomy and physiology
      • Cell Bio
      • OChem II
      • Immunology
      • Histology
    • Rolling admissions
      • July 1-March 1
      • OptomCAS
      • Essay
      • Transcript
      • Letters of Rec:
        • 1 OD and 1 pre-professional advisor or science professor
      • Supplemental App: $50 app fee
    • Require OAT/MCAT/GRE
    • Interview:
      • Fridays
      • Encourage exploration of Memphis
      • Blind interview: one on one. All they know are name and home state to ensure more relaxed and personal experience
    • Housing: no dorms but apartments close by
    • How to be competitive:
      • Apply early
      • Submit all docs
      • Take OAT early
      • Gain diverse exposure to opt
        • 30 hours at two different settings (preferably with two different modalities)
      • Have a commitment to service
      • Ask questions
    • Mike McKeever:

Additionally, here is a link to the recording of the meeting, in case you missed it!