Residency Day

Dr. Richard Trevino, OD, FAAO, the Director of Residency Programs invites students to Residency Day every year!

He puts on this program so that students can see what other options are available besides working after graduation. The purpose of this program is to provide students with some general information about optometric residency education. We also learned about residency programs available here in San Antonio, and heard from faculty that have recently completed residency training about their experiences.

I really liked how the school grouped our Residency info session with the Career Fair, because both events were optometry specific and were put on by the school to help us network. Let me explain–

Residency day: began at 10:30 in Room 327 and 328. Dr. Trevino, Director of the UIWRSO Residency Programs, was the emcee who introduced us to the WHAT, WHEN, HOW, WHERE, WHY! He then invited guest speakers to tell us about the application process, personal experiences, and ended the event with a diverse panel of past residents. Below is the program:

PROGRAM:

10:30 AM  Welcome. What is a Residency?

Richard Trevino

10:50 AM  The Benefits of Residency Education

Jenny Terrell

11:10 AM  The UIW Primary Care Residency

Randall Collins

11:20 AM  The San Antonio VA Residency

Gregg Wentworth

11:30 AM  Faculty & Resident Panel

Coates, Kasraie, Mickles, Racoma, Sandberg, Odoemenem

Lunch was served at 12pm-1pm in the student lounge. Italian aroma filled the room with pizza, pasta, salad, and fresh bread aiding the deliciousness.

UIWRSO Student Affairs office set up the Career Pathways program, this career fair was from 12:30pm-4:30pm in the Special Events rooms 301-304. Outside these rooms, the Student Affairs team prepared a Career packet for every attendee. Once inside, we were greeted with smiling faces  of the employers/vendors attending our Career Fair. I was drawn in to each booth because they had candy, freebies, and cool swag.

Not to mention, they were offices looking for students to work for them! Student Affairs printed a booklet of the CV/resume of the graduation class and presented it to the vendors! They are always helping out our students!

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Dining in the Dark

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SVOSH at RSO lead the World Sight Day Challenge, Dinner in the Dark, which raised over $2500 to represent RSO in this year’s fundraiser. All proceeds went directly to Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). This is a nationwide event where RSO is competing with the other optometry schools to raise the most money!

This school-wide event had helping hands from Students, Faculty, Sponsors (UIWRSO Student government Association, NuVision, HOYA, and Marchon ), Student Org contributors (SVA, AOSA, SVOSH and LVR), Dr. Rai for representing OGS with her presentation, and Student Affairs (Mrs. Benne, Mrs. Macias and team).

 

There was a silent auction where attendees can write down their bid for donated items from sponsors.

SILENT AUCTION

LASIK procedure fromNuVision (valued at $5000)

iPadfrom Hoya

4 pairs of sunglasses from Luxottica

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Tickets were $10 for students, $15 for everyone else. Tickets include a salad, garlic bread, chicken parmesan (or pasta primavera for our vegetarians) dessert and drinks catered by Luciano’s Italian Ristorante. Meal will be served by RSO students, so all guests experienced a meal while wearing a blindfold to simulate the loss of sight.

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iProfit Seminar

Optometry school has provided me with numerous experiences in classes and organizations that I have been looking forward to since deciding upon Optometry. Some of these experiences are those that tie into the political, technological,healthcare, or business aspects of Optometry just to name a few. The advantage of many of these events are that they are offered as weekend seminars and are designed as Continuing Education (CE) courses for already practicing Optometrists.

I consider this advantageous because, as an optometry student, it is a great benefit to be able to network with doctors that are already out practicing and know what you have been through as well as communicating much of the reward that lies on the other side of graduation. This also gives you the opportunity to ask what obstacles they may face with their practices or state laws to help you determine what the best mode of practice would be, where it is best to practice, and even if a residency is the right thing for you to pursue, etc.

Enough about how it’s a great opportunity to attend all these events and on with this iProfit seminar …..

This summer I attended a weekend seminar sponsored by the Texas Optometric Association (TOA) that encompassed different areas of Optometry that can help with business growth in a new era controlled by technology and social media. It also aimed at how to better the patients’ experience and make you a more reputable doctor. The weekend was broken up into mini courses, breakout discussions, and lunches designed to offer an array of different topics, and speakers that are very successful in Optometry and business. This all sounds like it would be fun (especially on a weekend during my first summer off–why not sit through more classes), but maybe when I’m a practicing Optometrist this would be more suiting. So, “why do I need this exposure during school” you may ask?

I feel that the sooner you can start to think like a business minded optometrist, the sooner that allows you to realize how all of the healthcare and other services you will be providing are actually going to provide for you and your family later in life. It gives you a perspective to start looking through, since many students would like to own their own practice. Let’s face it, we have enough on our plate learning everything we need to know to be a great Optometrist but we could always use a little more of the business background. Especially by Optometrists that are so successful in it that they are sharing it with others to help them succeed in order to build Optometry nationally.

The information contained in this weekend was very helpful to start thinking about at such an early point in my education, however, networking with different doctors was just as beneficial. Though it was through the TOA, there were doctors from all over the country that came to listen to these speakers. This was my first experience networking with a large number of Optometrists and it was a lot of fun for myself and the other students there, but it was also important to hear the advice and opinions from different doctors in response to questions we asked them throughout the weekend.

The take-away point … is to be more than a student during Optometry school. Get involved and start making Optometry YOUR profession and YOUR future!