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Halfway There!

The month of April was filled with lots of exciting adventures and activities! First off, the private practice club held three wonderful speaker events. I especially enjoyed listening to Dr. Kristin O’Brien speak about what to expect after taking boards examinations. Dr. O’Brien went straight…   Read More

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Surviving the Clinical Skills Exam (CSE)

Poonam is a member of the Class of 2020. She’s been working in the Communications Office as an OD1 contributing to our social media and website. Below, she shares her experiences as a first year taking the Clinical Skills Exam.   Read More

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May the Fourth Year Be With You

It has been more than a month since I wrote Part 1 of the National Board Examinations and the stress from intensively studying for 3 months straight has finally faded away. So have, unfortunately, many of the ocular facts I crammed into my head in preparation for this exam.   Read More

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End of OD1 Reflections

My classmates and I are just two weeks and 5 final exams away from completing our first year of optometry school! The last couple weeks of OD1 have kept us very busy. We’ve been going on our last vision screenings of the semester, taking our second clinical skills exams, and completing group projects!   Read More

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A Glance of Vision Expo in the Melting Pot

When I began optometry school, I assumed my days would be filled with lectures, labs, or clinic. It didn’t even occur to me that I would have the opportunity to attend optometric conferences. In a sense, I envy those classmates with close ties to optometrists because they had that early exposure…   Read More

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Vision Expo East in a New York Minute

The much-anticipated Vision Expo was this past weekend and it was the perfect opportunity to leave Boston to explore another city! We left for NYC after class on Friday, and the next morning, we found ourselves standing in the middle of Grand Central station, trying to navigate our way through the…   Read More

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Clinical Gains

Spring break has finally come to an end and I’m ready for a fresh start. At this point being almost 2 years into optometry school, we are no longer learning brand new information. Now we are learning about previous material but going into further detail and building upon prior knowledge. This will…   Read More

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Looking Forward

Last week I finally tackled one of the biggest challenges facing third year Optometry students everywhere: NBEO Part 1. Part 1 of the National Boards consists of all of the vision science information we have been learning for the past 3 years. To say it is a great deal of information to have to know…   Read More

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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