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Snowy Vermont Rotation for the Winter

Transitioning from California back to the wintery east cost for my third rotation at White River Junction Veterans Affairs hospital in Vermont was easier than anticipated. As a born-and-raised Californian, I’ve had this really idealistic mindset that the mountains of the East Coast are an eternal…   Read More

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Looking into Clinic IRL

A month into my new clinic site, the differences between practicing at a community health center and a private practice are now coming to light. When interview candidates ask why I chose NECO, I always refer to the clinical program. In a city as diverse and crowded as Boston, students have the opportunity…   Read More

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Adventures of Second Year

With 2017 in full swing, my spring semester at NECO has just begun. I have already attended numerous events sponsored by the student clubs. One of the most recent events was Casino Night held by the VOSH organization to help fundraise for their upcoming mission trip. NECO was transformed into a casino…   Read More

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Clinical Rotations, A Time to Start Shaping Your Future

With the craziness of studying for part 2 of the national board exams and preparing tirelessly for part 3 settling, I’ve finally had some time to reflect on my time at VA Long Beach as a fourth year intern for primary care and low vision evaluation.   Read More

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In the Blink of an Eye

And just like that, 2017 has begun. We’ve completed our first year and moved on to our second, mingled with the new Class of 2020 students, overcome our proficiencies, and interacted with our first patients in our respective clinics. Now that it’s a new year and new semester, we rotate into another…   Read More

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Looking Back at 20/16

What a year 2016 has been! Looking back at this year, I cannot believe at all the accomplishments the Class of 2019 at NECO has achieved.   Read More

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‘Twas the Night Before Finals

The Fall semester is finally over and only one semester of classes remains. Overall I found this semester very relaxed and clinically applicable. Much of what we learned was focused on refining our skills and building on our previous knowledge base and I enjoyed all of my classes and my clinic placement…   Read More

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Hello Fourth Year, Don’t Mind if I Dive Right In!

I can’t begin to express how exhilarating it is finally being a fourth year student. The daily challenge is both nerve racking and rewarding. I am currently rotating through a very high patient volume private practice in New Hampshire which also happens to have a large ocular disease population…   Read More

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Am I Proficient Yet?

What a tiresome, yet successful month and a half it has been. This past October, I studied countless hours in order to prepare for midterm examinations. The second years took six midterm exams in a span of nine days to test our knowledge of what we learned since the beginning of the semester. We are…   Read More

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From Pre-Clinic to Boston Schools: Practicing My Skills at Vision Screenings

With the blink of an eye, I’m already into the third month of optometry school! In addition to the immense amount of knowledge I’ve retained about the human body and the ocular system through classes like Anatomy and Physiology, and Visual Sensation and Perception, I already have three clinical…   Read More