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May 29, 2013

SUNY Resident Recipient of 2013 Douglas W. Hopkins Residency Award

SUNY Primary Care resident Dr. Gloria Chow has been chosen by a committee of primary care optometrists and the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) as the 2013 recipeint for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.  The award is designed to promote the practice and development of the field of primary care optometry by providing incentives and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education in primary care. 

Among the 16 applicants to the program, Dr. Chow, a 2012 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry, had extensive experience in clinical, research, leadership and extracurricular activities.  She also expanded her residency experience by initiating and coordinating a weekly resident seminar talk session given by members of SUNY's gifted clinical faculty.  Dr. Chow will receive a $2,000 award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington this October. 

"Dr. Chow has been an excellent role model for the beginning practitioners that she is a preceptor for within the Primary Eye Care Clinic," said Dr. Susan Schuettenberg, SUNY's primary care residency supervisor.

Dr. Douglas W. Hopkins who was an optometrist and a leader within the Primary Care Section and the AAO, passed away in 2007.  His friends and colleagues established the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Fellowship Fund in his honor.  Over $80,000 has been donated to facilitate the award, including $40,000 from his widow, Roberta.

The AOF is a 501(c) (3) philanthropic organization that is dedicated to the advancement of optometric education and research. The AOF develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health and is an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).