Joseph M. Petty, Mayor of Worcester, Addresses School of Optometry

Joseph M. Petty, Mayor of Worcester, MA, Addresses School of Optometry's Private Practice Club

July 20, 2017

  • On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Private Practice Club at the School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) hosted the mayor of Worcester, MA for a special speaker event.

    The event was held at 10 Lincoln Square and was attended by more than 60 students and faculty members. Mayor Joseph M. Petty, who is currently serving his third term as mayor of Worcester MA, shared insight into the city, including updates on development and advancements in the city.

    The mayor paid special attention to the positive impact MCPHS has had on the city of Worcester, pointing to the services provided by MCPHS students and faculty to the greater community.

    MCPHS contributes to a variety of community service and volunteer projects in the city of Worcester each year, including free health fairs, and also provides accessible and affordable care at on-site patient clinics, which include the Eye and Vision Center and the Esther M. Wilkins Dental Hygiene Clinic.

    The inspiration for the special event came from the president of the Private Practice Club, Akshay Patil, Doctor of Optometry '19, who took the initiative to stop by the mayor's office at City Hall and invite him to speak to the organization.

    The Private Practice Club works to educates optometry students on a variety of different optometry practices and business management skills, as well as on how other professions impact the optometric profession. In 2016, they became the the first ever Optometry-focused organization to win the MCPHS Organization of the Year award.