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April 8, 2014

Career Symposium Enlightens and Inspires

The SUNY College of Optometry was buzzing about the future on Sunday at the College’s 3rd Annual Career Symposium: Imagine Tomorrow. The full-day event, produced by the Career Development Center (CDC), assembled a collection of distinguished professionals to provided students and other members of the SUNY community with an informed glimpse at what the future of optometry might look like.

Dr. Jason Singh during his keynote address

Two dozen experts from across a broad spectrum of the optometric community and beyond took part in a variety of fast-paced, interactive panel discussions on such issues as employability, technology, interprofessional practice and more. In addition to its insightful content, this year’s symposium also provided a more intriguing presentation with the Schwarz Theater arranged to look like a living room and the panelist’s images projected for the audience onto a large screen. Video was also incorporated into the symposium’s introductory presentation.  

SUNY Optometry’s president, Dr. David A Heath, noted in his welcoming remarks to the audience that one of the College’s goals when it established the CDC in 2012 was to ensure that the overwhelming majority of students who attend the College end up satisfied in careers of their choosing and that events like the annual career symposium are designed specifically as tools to help the members of the College community achieve that important goal.

A major theme of this year’s event was the globalization of the profession, something that was reflected in the international nature of many of the symposium’s participants. Dr. Fan Lu of Wenzhou Medical University in China, Dr. Hector Santiago who has worked for three decades on the development of optometric education in Latin America and beyond were two of the panelists, while Dr. Jason Singh, the event’s keynote speaker, is the executive director of OneSight, a nonprofit organization that is working to create sustainable solutions for vision care around the world. A complete listing of the participants and their bios can be found by clicking here.

“The energy, the enthusiasm, the collection of talent and the wide range of issues that were addressed helped to make this year’s symposium the best one yet,” said Mr. Francisco Lucio, SUNY Optometry’s director of career development. “It was a great opportunity for the members of our community to really dig into the issues that will matter for their careers in the coming years.” 

See some reactions to the 3rd Annual Career Symposium in the video below: