Letter from the Dean

As primary eye care practitioners, doctors of optometry provide approximately 66% of eye care in the United States. We serve important roles as independent, highly trained eye care professionals and members of the interprofessional healthcare team.

The School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) dedicates itself to providing high quality education to students and serving as an important resource for primary eye and vision services in Worcester and the central Massachusetts region.

Founded in 2012 under the capable leadership of the founding Dean, Lesley Walls, OD, MD, DOS, the School is fortunate to have a dedicated and highly motivated team of full time and adjunct faculty members who strive to provide our students with a quality education that fully prepares them for clinical practice.

Within the School of Optometry, our students enjoy a small class size of just 64 students and a very low student-to-faculty ratio, enabling them to gain critical interaction with their professors and instructors. Over the past two years, we have placed 30% of our graduates in one-year clinical residency programs, an accomplishment that reflects the superior clinical preparation students receive during their time at MCPHS.

We are proud to call the city of Worcester, MA home. The Worcester campus was founded in 2002 and has quickly become a vibrant home to a variety of health sciences programs, all of which are designed to empower the next generation of healthcare leaders. Our immersive healthcare environment provides unique opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education, a hallmark of the University.

Many of our students choose the convenience of living right on campus, where they take advantage of a number of amenities, including a brand new fitness center. Our students build lasting friendships with their classmates, as they support each other throughout their programs and as they begin their careers.

My challenge to all students in the School of Optometry is to make use of the educational opportunities we offer, as well as the many resources and support services that are provided by the University. It is an honor to serve as Dean of the School of Optometry, and I will do my best to promote high standards of excellence in a warm and supportive environment that is centered on serving the interests and needs of students.

Sincerely,

Morris Berman, OD, MS
Dean, School of Optometry