Scholarships and Texas State Optical Banquet

Dr. Stanfield is on the scholarship committee with Susan Ly, Scholarship recipient
Dr. Stanfield is on the scholarship committee with Susan Ly, Scholarship recipient

The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) offers many opportunities for students to apply for scholarships. As you know, scholarships do not have to be repaid and are awarded based upon academic performance or other criteria specifically outlined. UIWRSO optometry students are able to apply for many different scholarships specific to the program. Once you are enrolled, the faculty scholarship committee will forward outside scholarship opportunities to all students meeting the criteria specified in the application whether it be year in school, clinic, state of residence, etc. You can find more information here .

As a smaller program, I feel that I have comfortably established a professional relationship with my professors because they are so helpful and friendly. By building this rapport, UIWRSO faculty and staff have assisted me in the scholarship process, from proofreading, draft edits, to writing a letter of recommendation. They have been a great help in my optometry career and I am so thankful!

Having recently completed our first set of board exams, I appreciated being invited to the Texas State Optical (TSO) Banquet. Both 3rd and 4th year students attending RSO were invited to a full course meal with dessert at the Omni hotel near our school. Students and their guests mingled at the mixer with TSO board members and UIWRSO faculty. The 4th year students are going to graduate soon, so they spent a lot of time together talking about their fun times at optometry school. The third year students finished their boards part 1 and were enjoying this special treat. Many faculty showed up to hang out with the students before they move forward with their lives. The meal was a self served Southern buffet. The food was so good that I got seconds!

The CEO of TSO, Mr. Marvin, began the evening speaking to the students about TSO. Then we had a word from Dean Wingert  who was followed by Dr. Stanfield. Dr. Stanfield is head of the TSO scholarship committee, so he announced the winners. I was fortunate enough to be selected for  one of three $2,000 scholarships offered by Texas State Optical Inc. This award is given to a student that has an interest in private practice and wrote an essay about it. It was an honor to be selected and this award and I would like to thank the TSO Scholarship Committee.

Second Years Get a Grip on Torics

As a second year, I feel as though I have learned so much in the past eight months. One of my favorite classes so far, however, has been our Contact Lens course. This semester, we were privileged enough to have the opportunity to attend a Toric Workshop held by the STAPLE (Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education) Program. This program allows students to fit toric lenses on actual patients. This was actually the first time we were working on other patients, rather than our classmates! The program introduces students to different companies’ lenses and options, including Alcon, Bausch+Lomb, CooperVision, and VISTAKON. We met the sales reps that were either from San Antonio, or a surrounding area. This was very important to me, because if we choose to stay in this area once we graduate, we already have our foot in the door with these beneficial resources.

The program started off with a nice catered dinner, which was great as we had just finished a long day of labs and classes. Patients and participating professors were also invited to the dinner portion. Coordinating the event was Mrs. Ursula Lotzkat, who also introduced a guest speaker, Dr. Sahlu Pal. Dr. Pal gave a very interesting and informative presentation about toric lenses, and provided us an insight into her life. She expressed the importance of providing information about toric lens options to patients, which I found very valuable. As doctors, we to provide an opportunity to help someone see at their very best and be sure to help them to consider all possible options!

After the presentation, the workshop began. All of the second year students were put into groups of three with a doctor to oversee our progress. We were able to fit two lenses on one patient, and then two lenses on another. It gave us the opportunity to work with a real patient, and also see the different kinds of lenses out there. The sales reps really helped us in determining the best fit and powers for the patients. The professors were extremely helpful in making sure we knew what to look for when fitting contact lenses. Patients also seemed to enjoy helping the students.

To be honest, I was very nervous going into this experience. I felt like I was going to be unable to confidently interact with a patient who I had never seen before. However, it came naturally and that just proves to me to trust my natural instincts in helping and also validated the academic experience I am getting at UIWRSO. My patient was happy, I learned so much, and now I am able to say I have already fit patients in toric lenses, a skill I plan to incorporate when I have a practice of my own!

If you would like to find out more about the STAPLE program, check out their website here:

http://www.stapleprogram.com/Home.html

TW1 TW2 TW3 TW4 TW5 TW6 TW7

UIWRSO Optometry Student Bowl

Every year, students attend Optometry’s Meeting, which will be held in Seattle from June 24-27 this year. During that meeting, Essilor sponsors the National Optometry Student Bowl, where students answer optometric questions to win the national title. In order to see who will represent RSO at this national competition, UIWRSO holds an AOSA Optometry Student Bowl. Not only does it prepare the students for the national level, but it also gives RSO students an opportunity to win travel grants to the Optometry Meeting itself! This year, five students competed at the chance to have a spot in Seattle: Alicia Chacon, Sam Bohl, Melanie Kane, Van Do (all third year students), and Amy Cuevas (second year student).

Let’s see if you can answer the first (test) question:

“Who is the sponsor for the National Optometry Student Bowl?” If you were paying attention like the participants were, you should’ve gotten it right. The answer is Essilor!

That’s when Round 1 started. Round 1 questions were 1 point each (10 questions), Round 2 were 2 points each (10 questions), and Round 3 questions were 3 points each (5 questions). The final round was similar to “Final Jeopardy” in that the students had to wager how many points they wanted to gamble with and try and get ahead.

The set-up was very creative! Students sat in a table-like panel and even had “buzzers” which were lights that turn on when you touch them. There was a timer, Minati Desai, and she was helped by Bobby Olivarez (RSO’s new Trustee-Elect for AOSA) to decide who “buzzed” in first. Students had 10 seconds to answer the question, which was handled by Reid Cluff, AOSA Trustee-Elect for 2014-2015. He also handled the scoreboard. The star of the show, however, was our very own faculty member, Dr. Narayanan, who hosted the Student Optometry Bowl!

Throughout the whole competition, it was a pretty close game between the participants. Professors, as well as students from all years, came to support the contestants, and I even saw someone in the crowd who had a poster that said “Class of 2016!” It was great to see and hear the encouragement from the crowd. In between the rounds, AOSA gave away raffle prizes including Starbucks gift cards and t-shirts (things that all optometry students love). Food from Freebirds was also provided to students, so everyone was excited about that!

After 3 grueling rounds and many points lost and gained with the wager in the final round, the winner of the RSO Optometry Student Bowl was announced: Melanie Kane! She will be representing our school in Seattle in June, and received a grant to attend the event. The runner-ups also got smaller grants for the trip, as well, so everyone was a winner that night. UIWRSO says good luck Melanie and win that national title!

OSB1 OSB2 OSB3 OSB4 OSB5 OSB6 OSB7 OSB8 OSB9 OSB10 OSB11 OSB13 OSB14 OSB15 OSB16 OSB17 OSB18 OSB19 OSB20 OSB21 OSB22 OSB23

Dr. Parker demonstrates Customer Service in a “Full Scope Practice”

Dr. Parker - Essilor

The Private Practice Club at UIWRSO welcomed Dr. Parker to lecture on “Full Scope Practice” on Monday, March 2nd from 6-7pm in the Lecture Hall 328.  Over 60 students and faculty came out to this event and were very please with the presentation, role-playing, videos, and the tips for improving their customer service. Dr. Parker was very interactive and invited students to come to the front to act as a customer or patient while Dr. Parker acted as an “engaging” or “not so caring” doctor to demonstrate the impact that good customer service have on the patient.

Dr. Ryan Parker graduated from the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma in 2004.  While in school he was honored to be elected as President of The AOSA and greatly enjoyed his time serving the national student association.  He opened Parker Family Vision Center in 2007 after being involved in two partnerships.  Dr. Parker practices full scope optometry.  He is proud to be among a select group of Optometrists in the state of Oklahoma that have completed the training to become licensed to perform PRK eye surgery.  Dr. Parker works as an optometric consultant in professional relations for Essilor of North America and lectures for Essilor nationwide. He has lectured on practice management topics at many of the schools and colleges of Optometry and has presented numerous lectures to opticians and optometric physicians on a variety of spectacle lens related topics.

He shared his experiences with the students and many students were glad to have learned more about private practice from a customer service point of view. Please watch this clip to hear what he had to say!

TEXAS BBQ dinner from Rudy’s was served in the cafeteria afterwards. There was brisket, sausages, beans, corn, peach cobbler, pecan pie, and refreshing ice tea! Essilor sponsored Dr. Parker to come to our school as well as the food for the school.