Clinical Internship at UIWRSO

As my third year comes to an end, I get a chance to look back and think about how great my clinical internship at UIWRSO was. During your first and second years, you are so busy trying to do well in your classes and sharpen your skills to prepare for clinic. Once you are there, however, everything changes! You rely on your skills that you have practiced countless of hours on, but you learn the most once you are giving examinations to real patients and interacting with your preceptors.

To be completely honest, your first day of clinical internship is so scary. You go through a few days of training and orientation before you actually begin, but it’s a lot of vague information just so you have a foundation to what you need to do once you start. They give you tips on how to use the EMR (electronic medical record), the dos and don’ts in the clinic, and also how to use some of the equipment that you only used a few times before (OCT, Visual Field, etc.).

The night before we started I could barely sleep; I was so anxious! At the moment, our school has two different schedules for third years: you either have Monday and Thursday clinic, or Tuesday and Wednesday clinic, seeing about 5 patients a week with 2 hours of optical experience. We started school (the summer semester) and clinic on the same day! Talk about rough! We also have different locations we go to, either at our school at the Datapoint Eye Clinic, or our two other locations, Bowden Eye Clinic and another clinic on the West side of town. I was happy that I was at the Datapoint clinic, which I was the most familiar with at the time.

At 9:30 am, I showed up to the area where we (my clinic mates and I) were to set up. My hands were shaking so vigorously as I pulled out the equipment I needed from my kit. I am generally not so nervous unless it is time for a proficiency or something of that nature, so you can probably imagine the type of stress this felt like to me! We logged into the EMR and saw that a few patients were ready. For the first day of clinic, the preceptors allow you to work in a pair, so it’s not as intimidating. Two hours are allowed for each patient’s exam, which you definitely need for the first few weeks in clinic. My partner and I walked into the waiting room, picked up the paper with our patient’s name on it and I started thinking, “What if I pronounce their name wrong? What if they don’t like me?” I called out the patient’s name, and luckily a smile ran across their face as they followed us into the exam room.

I honestly can’t remember much about my first patient encounter, other than he was a very nice, older gentleman who was extremely patient with us. We had had some training on ICD9 codes (what you need to bill their insurance), but it was so new to us and nerve wrecking with the patient in the room that I am surprised we had finished everything within two hours! You are not used to using all of your skills in one sitting, and checking in with preceptors frequently, either, so it was a fast-learning environment.

A few weeks in, and it became routine like the back of my hand. Just like with anything, practice makes perfect. The amount of information you receive and pick up from your preceptors, your clinic mates, and even your patients is incredible during the 11 months you are in clinic at UIWRSO. Even though I am about to leave to fourth year externships, I feel like I have even more to learn from outside preceptors and locations. I am so grateful for the experiences and knowledge I have learned over this past year, and the feeling that I will be happy doing this for the rest of my life overjoys me!


AOA 2014 Presidents’ Council Meeting

Jan 17, 2014 — This year’s American Optometric Association (AOA) Presidents’ Council Meeting was held in San Antonio, at Bowden Eye Care & Health Center on 2547 East Commerce Street. The UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry did an amazing job hosting this event! I was blown away at how they made the Eye clinic so festive!

UIWRSO Student Ambassadors

The theme of the event was “fiesta,” a Latin flare blew through the building as the San Antonio all female mariachi band, Las Coronelas, danced and sang. All the state optometric leaders came in by bus around 6-7pm. RSO students in bright red scarves and ties greeted the special guests by giving a tour of the building.

The Bowden Clinic is one of RSO’s newest additions – a 30,000 square-foot modern public health care facility, which serves the vision care needs of residents on the Eastside and surrounding areas. Patients are seen by licensed eye care doctors and student interns from UIWRSO.

Waiters served hors d’œuvres on the first floor; where the lobby and optical was open for the doctors to talk and mingle. Greeters may bring guests upstairs to feast on more Tex Mex food. My favorite was the cheese and bell pepper quesadillas!  When I went upstairs to take pictures, I had a great time talking to Dr. Chapman, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O., Director of Clinics at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry, and he showed me all the new equipment housed at this facility.  I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with all of the state-of-the-art equipment.

Afterwards, I had a lively chat with the state optometric leaders from Pennsylvania. Dr. Marianne E. Boltz, O.D., F.A.A.O., President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, was delighted to hear that I was interested in Pediatric optometry, and told me all about her active experiences in optometry school and with American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).

Just before I left, Denisse Lopez, Class of 2016 and AOSA RSO Trustee 2014-15, said “I want you to meet someone.” So I went downstairs and met up Denisse and Raelyn Ottenbreit UIWRSO Trustee 2013-2014, and they introduced me to James Deom, PCO-Salus, AOSA 2013-2014 President, Devin Sasser, UMSL College of Optometry, AOSA 2014-2015 President, and Robert Foster, AOSA Executive Director. They are a charismatic group and were very attentive when I told them about my passion for COVD and my hopes of getting more involved with the AOSA!


UIW Faculty Accept Check To Promote East Side Development

walmart gift(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Dr. Tina Lopez. assistant professor, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager; Ivy Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2; Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College; and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of FSOP; accept a check for $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the UIW Health Fair held at St. Philip’s College School of Health Professions. The grant will help fund health fairs, promote interprofessional education and to serve the Eastside community of San Antonio. The interprofessional education includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).

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