EXPLORE Experience the possibilities
Personal experience is what drives students to get excited about any given profession. We encourage you to explore the opportunities available in the fascinating and amazing universe of eye care for yourself.
With that in mind, we have designed a number of opportunities for you to explore the profession of optometry, including:
Bi-annual open houses
SUNY Optometry hosts two Open Houses every year –winter (first week of January) and spring (mid May). This is a great opportunity for you and your family to explore the profession by meeting faculty members; learning what it is like to be an optometry student by meeting and interacting with our current students; touring our campus; and learning tips in how to build a successful application.
The dates for future Open Houses are:
Spring: Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 9:00 a.m.).
RSVP: If you are interested in attending our Open House, please confirm your attendance and number of guests (limit of 2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter and Spring Internship Program
An internship in one of our clinics is an excellent option for those considering a career in vision care and optometry. SUNY offers an on-site Internship Program that occurs in the winter and spring/early summer of each year. Each session accommodates about 20 students (12 out of the 20 are reserved for CSTEP students) and runs 8 hours per day for 2 consecutive weeks. Interns are assigned to work with fourth-year SUNY Optometry students in their own clinical rotations.
Summer Academic Program
SUNY offers a 2 credit graduate level optometry course, “Introduction to Vision and Optometry,” at no cost to participants. This course provides an overview of exciting topics in vision science and optometry. Students will be introduced to basic ocular anatomy and physiology, visual perception and visual neuroscience. They will also learn and discuss diseases and conditions commonly seen in clinical practice and will have the opportunity to observe clinical eye care in the University Eye Center.
Listings of doctors who allow students to shadow them
Shadowing successful professionals is exciting, inspiring, and a great opportunity for you to see yourself in your future profession. Upon request, SUNY offers lists of doctors whom you can shadow in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Personalized campus visits and counseling sessions
The office of admissions welcomes students who want to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss their professional pursuits. To schedule an individualized session, please call (212) 938-5500.
Speaking engagements at pre-optometry/pre-health societies
The Director of Admissions, Mr. Gui Albieri, is available to speak at pre-health clubs about the profession of optometry and how to build an outstanding application. To schedule a visit by the Director of Admissions to your College/University, contact email@example.com
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