Optometry Students’ Path to Excellence: Seize Every Learning Opportunity

February 8, 2024


In the complex world of optometry, where clinical skills meet business acumen, aspiring professionals face the daunting task of transitioning from academic environments to the realities of private practice. This transition demands not only a deep understanding of eye care but also proficiency in managing a practice and navigating patient relationships.

How, then, can optometry students best prepare for the multifaceted demands of private practice, ensuring they are well-equipped to deliver comprehensive care while adeptly handling the operational aspects of their future roles?

Dr. Dana DeVito, the Optometrist at Gardner Eye Care in a conversation with Dr. Felicia Timmerman, the host of CooperVision details her strategic approach to education and early career development. The two discuss:

  • The importance of preparation during school through involvement in clubs, taking on challenging patient cases, and choosing the right externships to align with future career goals.
  • The role of mentorship and networking in both finding a job and thriving in private practice.
  • What it takes to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of private practice, from patient care to business metrics.

Dr. DeVito, a graduate of Indiana University, brings a fresh perspective to the discussion. Her journey is marked by a proactive approach to her education and career preparation, including her leadership role in the Private Practice Club and her participation in the Solution Organization, a national optometric organization. With an impressive background that combines clinical excellence with a keen interest in the business side of optometry, Dr. DeVito embodies the new wave of healthcare professionals who are not just clinicians but also savvy entrepreneurs.

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