AAO Pinning Ceremony at UIWRSO!

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Student chapter at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) held their Annual Student Fellowship Pinning Ceremony. During this past AAO national meeting in Denver, Colorado, 26 students from the RSO received their Student Fellowship. This is a record amount at RSO and we are excited to have so many students interested in learning. The Academy’s annual meeting provides the highest quality continuing education and the most current vision science research, which includes nearly 300 hours of Lectures & Workshops, symposia, and scientific lecture and poster presentations over 4 days. The students loved the experience and best of all, thought the Academy was so much FUN!

The AAO has a special program for students to go through in order to receive the title of student fellow. After the requirements are fulfilled, the student is awarded an AAO pin at the school’s pinning ceremony. Each student completed a series of continuing education courses, symposiums, poster sessions, and paper presentations throughout the weekend, as well as representing RSO at the AAO national meeting.

The following students were recognized for this year at the pinning ceremony:
Amanda Achilles, Amy Belloli, Samantha Bohl, Timothy Bradshaw, Alicia Chacon, Wiliam Cluff, Amy Cuevas, Caroline Dang, Minati Desai, Sheyda Durig, Amanda Estrada, Kimberly Kim, Kyler Knobbe, Daniel Lam, Paul Lau, Denisse Lopez, Susan Ly, Jason Ngo, Jenny Nguyen, Monali Patel, Lisa Prejean, Ashley Pylant, Jennifer Ramey, Rebecca Sheeder, Anthony Vanrachack, and Beatriz Villegas.

Guest speakers included Dr. Valdes, an RSO professor who recently earned AAO Fellowship or F.A.A.O., and Mr. Terry Peterson of Zeiss. Both gave amazing speeches and the students enjoyed a delicious dessert reception sponsored by Zeiss.

Lastly, the event was put together by the AAO student chapter officers:
Ashley Pylant – President
Susan Ly – Vice President
Linh Nguyen – Secretary
Minati Desai – Treasurer
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Rick Trevino

American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting

I attended the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, at the end of October.

I received a travel grant from HOYA, and two of my classmates also received student travel fellowships to attend the meeting.  There are so many opportunities to apply for travel grants to all of the different meetings and conventions so everyone should definitely take advantage of them!

The meeting was an amazing experience.  My classmates and I completed all of the requirements for Student Fellowship at the meeting, and we are now all Student Fellows!

As a Student Fellow, I received a Student Fellow lapel pin, will receive free student registration to the next AAO Annual Meeting, and will receive waived dues for the Candidacy for Fellowship application during my year of graduation.

Although I had to complete all of the requirements for Student Fellowship, there was still plenty of time to do other things.

I was able to explore Phoenix and the Grand Canyon!  There were also many RSO faculty and student presenters, and it was inspiring to view their posters and hear them present their research.

I was definitely proud of all of my fellow optometry students, and I’m looking forward to attending the meeting again next year in Seattle, WA!