We’re less than 50 days away from graduation (but who’s counting right!?) and I have some exciting news to share. I’m proud to announce I matched with my top-ranked residency choice of Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic! Starting this fall, I will begin my one-year family practice residency serving the good people of Louisiana. Talk about being a jet setter! This is my final stop along my optometric journey before I return to Kentucky to join a private practice with specialties in therapeutic contact lenses and dry eye disease. I am grateful to all my family, friends, and mentors who have been supporting me on this adventure called optometry school…Dr. Puerto is in sight!
How about D.C.? My final externship rotation continues to offer me a variety of challenging patient encounters at Walter Reed Military Medical Hospital. Serving a hospital population, I weekly ‘scrub-up’ to observe a variety of ophthalmology surgeries from retina to oculoplastics. Similarly, I enjoy working with externs from at least 5 other optometry schools—it’s interesting to compare the similarities and differences of our optometry school experience. Moreover, I’ve made some extraordinary life-long new friends out of these fellow externs, and I’m so happy to share these last few months of optometry school with them. Living in the nation’s capital has been an amazing time, and I’ve had some unexpected blessings pop up along the way. Now that the third years have completed NBEO Part 1, I look forward to a few of my underclassmen buddies making the trek to D.C. for a quick visit next month to see me. I miss my SCO crew!
So what’s my life like now that I have less than two months until graduation? Oh, busy sending out graduation announcements, tying up leadership loose ends and preparing for club transitions, and (most thrillingly) finalizing my Pacific Coast Road Trip to Optometry’s Meeting 2015 in Seattle for this June…no big deal ;)
It’s a good time to be a 4th year; graduation is just beyond the horizon!