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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UIW Leadership Forum: Women’s History Month

  The University of the Incarnate Word was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, three young French women motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God’s presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to care for the victims of an epidemic of cholera and to establish the city’s first hospital,…

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A Night in Old San Antonio

It’s Fiesta month! Fiesta began in 1891 as a one-parade event in San Antonio, and today, it consists of many festivals, events, and parades taking place around the city over a couple of weeks.  Fiesta is a celebration of San Antonio’s myriad of cultures and commemoration of historic heroes.  This year, Fiesta events lasted from April 10th to April 27th….

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More than a Health Fair

The Catholic Charities Wellness and Resource Fair is put on by the Catholic Charities, Archdioses of San Antonio, Inc. The UIWRSO vision screening took place during the fair on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9am-1pm. Free services included: eye exams, Diabetes, blood, and cholesterol screenings, kidney health screenings, mammography screenings, drug consultation, and ask a doctor/nurse. All the volunteers loaded…

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Transitions Optical World Headquarters

Last fall semester, I applied for the 2013 Transitions Students of Vision Scholarship by submitting a short story about volunteering optometric services to the “Share Your Impact” contest through the Transitions Students of Vision Scholarship Facebook App.  I was notified at the beginning of this spring semester that I was one of ten grand prize winners from more than forty-five…

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Final Clinical Proficiency

At UIWRSO second year interns must pass the “final clinical proficiency” at the end of the second semester, in order to move on to clinic and see patients. This almost 2 hour long test per intern has been one of the most stressful events in optometry school. I can bet that my fellow classmates have poured in about a hundred…

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