Welcome Back Weekend at Six Flags, Fiesta Texas!

UIWRSO Student Affairs Office hosted the Annual Welcome Back weekend at Six Flags, Fiesta Texas.  Rosenberg School of Optometry students can enjoy the weekend with their classmates, family, and friends at the Six Flag theme park along with the newly added water park!  My ticket included a nice t-shirt, parking, a picnic meal, games, and admission to the entire park!…

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2014-2015 Texas Optometric Association Executive Committee and Board of Trustees

Student’s Role in the Texas Optometric Association

How TOA helped developed my networking and leadership skills My political optometry involvement grows concurrently with my public health efforts. I am drawn to the legislative side of optometry because many life changing vision programs like the InfantSEE® program was established due to optometrists lobbying and networking with state representatives and senators. I’ve been to multiple optometry board meetings with…

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Optometry’s Meeting 2014 – Student Events

This video follows my journey through Optometry’s Meeting 2014! To read my blog on OM13 please click here. Summary of student events in Optometry’s Meeting: The largest event at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting is the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™ XXIII and Reception. This event reminds me of a large-scale academic decathlon, where optometric questions…

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Morgan’s Wonderland

On July 19th, I drove the UIWRSO van full of volunteers to Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park for mentally and physically handicapped people. I was glad to see the number of happy volunteers willing to wake up so early on a Saturday morning to help screen the special needs population in and around San Antonio. I thought back to the…

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Public Health and Optometry

During my undergraduate career, I was part of the Pathway for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) program, which provided career development and mentoring to undergraduates who are considering careers in the health professions.  This includes students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, social work, and other professions in the social/human services. Optometry wasn’t even listed under the description of…

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CPR Training

At the beginning of our third year we have a lab on CPR training in the course “Patient Care/ Physical Diagnosis” with Dr. Fortepiani, MD, PhD. This year the local San Antonio News came to film our CPR class! Kens5‘s segment aired on Tuesday May 2nd, 2014 at 9 am. It was a really exciting lab and I am so glad to have taken…

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Contact Lens Course & the STAPLE Program

After starting my first semester in third year, I would say that my favorite course is the Advanced Contact Lens course, because my experience with this course is like nothing before! In addition to our regular labs, our faculty, Dr. Mickles and Dr. Collins decided to invite the STAPLE program to help further our education. The Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education (STAPLE)…

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White Coat Ceremony, UIWRSO Class of 2016

When I first heard about the white coat ceremony, I didn’t give much thought about it. I vaguely remember a “fitting day” where they let us tried on the different sized white coats and asked us for our height (girls with heels). Finals were approaching and to be honest, finishing second year strong was running through my mind… After the…

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Professional Etiquette: Business Card Courtesy for Optometry Students

Last year, I had a blast meeting students and doctors during Optometry’s Meeting 2013 in San Diego! I enjoyed pleasant chats in the free luncheons, at the Presidential Celebration, during CEs, and even asking for directions! At the very end of our conversation, they would hand me a card! “Well, Susan, It was nice talking to you! Here’s my card…

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Guide Dogs of Texas

The Low Vision and Rehabilitation Club, a student organization at RSO, invited its members to a tour of the Guide Dogs of Texas last week.  The Guide Dogs of Texas is a not-for-profit organization that provides quality guide dogs to Texans who are visually impaired to increase the client’s freedom, mobility, and independence. During the one-hour tour, we got to…

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