Optometrist with teenage patient.

School of Optometry Recognizes Health Professions Week

  • Health Professions Week is designed to promote the exciting and fulfilling career paths within the health professions, and this year, the School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is getting involved.

    In a brand new video, professors in the School of Optometry share their thoughts and insight into the field of optometry.

    For Louis Frank, Associate Professor in the School of Optometry, teaching is his favorite part of the optometry field.

    “My favorite part of the job is undoubtedly teaching our students,” said Professor Frank. “Watching their “a ha moments” when they have a breakthrough, and when they recognize something that I’ve spent time teaching them, and watching them apply it to patient care is a tremendous amount of satisfaction for me.”

    Alia Khalaf, Assistant Professor in the School of Optometry, explains that the variety within her role, and within the field of optometry, is exciting.

    “Every semester is a little bit different for me,” said Professor Khalaf. “In one semester I could be precepting in the clinic, I could be overseeing up to five or six students in primary care, treating patients at the community health center, I could also be helping in the clinical optometry labs. And also, I could be lecturing. So that’s one part of academia that I love, is that our job as an optometrist is very versatile and you can do a whole bunch of different things.”

    When asked about his favorite part of the profession, Greg Waldorf, OD, FAAO, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, points to his experience working with children.

    “My personal favorite part of the job is working with kids,” said Professor Waldorf. “And I love kids that are difficult to work with. It’s always sort of a fun challenge for me to try to get the examination information from them.”

    The School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers a four-year, full-time Doctor of Optometry 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.