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MCPHS School of Optometry Students at AOA+ Meeting in Washington, DC.

MCPHS School of Optometry Students Attend AOA+ and Optometry’s Meeting in Washington, DC

  • Fifty optometry students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) attended the AOA+ Conference and Optometry’s Meeting in Washington D.C. on June 21, 2017.

    The event was hosted by the American Optometric Association (AOA), which is a leading authority on quality care and represents more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (OD), optometric professionals, and optometry students.

    MCPHS students joined more than 2,000 optometry students at the event, which focused on real-world career readiness, networking and mentorship opportunities, and professional advocacy.

    “MCPHS was well represented at this year’s meeting,” said Esther Ko, OD, who represents MCPHS as an American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) trustee. “Together, we rallied on Capital Hill, attended doctor panels, learned to advocate for optometry, attended CEs, engaged with keynote speakers Alexa von Tobel and Olympic icon Dana Torres, and of course cheered for MCPHS at the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl.”

    During the event, residents from the class of 2017 presented academic posters to their peers, as well as leaders and educators in the field.

    Ana Bonaldi, OD ’18, was recognized as this year’s AOSA House of Delegates National Representative.

    Michael Franzone, OD ’18, represented the University as a student contestant at the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl.

    Reshma Thomas, OD ’19, won first place in the Hoya photo contest, and will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of AOSA’s Foresight publication.

    In addition, MCPHS won the annual t-shirt contest at the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl.

    The Doctor of Optometry program at MCPHS–Worcester is a four-year, full-time program designed to prepare students with the requisite skills, experience, and confidence to practice and advance as a professional optometrist in a wide variety of clinical settings.