What's Trending in Optometry? Dr. Jackie Garlich and 20/20 Glance11:46 AM
Does your desk have stacks of optometry magazines dating back to your graduation year that you insist you'll read -- eventually? Is your email full of unopened blasts from your favorite digital optometry subscriptions? And (the horror!) you haven't even gotten around to reading the latest Eyedolatry post yet? We live busy lives, and between patient care and families at home, most ODs are completely spent when it comes to spending precious free time reading about optometry. So instead of reading a full article, wouldn't it be great to get just short, to the point little blurbs about the most exam-room worthy topics of discussion from the past week? Stories curated by an OD that will impact how you practice and what you can tell your patients about new innovations? This beautifully simple idea is from Dr. Jackie Garlich, the mastermind behind 20/20 Glance.
- Find yourself a good mentor. Someone you can ask for help on cases (even after you graduated), negotiating work contracts when you are looking for a job etc. If you've found a good one, their input is invaluable.
- Ask questions. Ask a lot and often. No one expects you to know everything and you learn so much by asking. There is always someone who knows more than you, so buy that person a coffee and pick their brain.
- Be active in leadership in school. Join a student council; volunteer with SVOSH. Leadership takes practice and you will be expected to be a leader in the future so start developing your skills now.
- Strongly consider residency. I absolutely recommend it. I wanted to work in an MD/OD setting and I knew that a residency would make me more valuable to a potential employer. I really loved my VA internships and ocular disease so I knew I wanted to do a residency in the VA system. I remember thinking I was so smart when I graduated from school but then I saw my first disc edema patient, that confidence quickly faded and was replaced by excessive perspiration as I sprinted to find help. So yeah, residency made me a lot less sweaty with challenging cases.