It has been a little over four months since I started working in the clinic on my own. My understanding of vision and eye disease has deepened dramatically. I’ve been learning about treating disease and vision abnormalities, rather than just learning about them. My Attendings have challenged me to use that knowledge to manage the ocular health and vision of patients. I’m finding that I enjoy the process more and more every day. It’s still difficult at times, and definitely ti
Once classes resumed last month, my fellow second years and I began working in the IEI as student clinicians. Whereas last year we were flies on a wall, observing and admiring the skills of the upperclassmen, we’re now endeavoring to provide care in the PCP program ourselves. At the end of first year, we learned how to complete a gamut of entrance and problem-based tests, evaluate the posterior pole with direct ophthalmoscopy, and determine a patient’s distance prescription.
Just when I finally got accustomed to telling everyone I’m in my second year at ICO, I am *gasp* now in my third year. Third year… …is when your day begins at 8 a.m.
That’s right. Whereas during first and second years we had exams early in the morning, now we’ve got early-morning classes. You would think that since our lectures are all recorded, we can watch the early lecture later, right? Sorry to break it to you, fellow night owls, but for one class, attendance is mandatory
Most of the time I dread dispensing, I’ll be honest. Not because it’s not enjoyable or anything like that, but because I’m one of the lucky few that has it scheduled at just the right time. I dispense right before a really difficult exam, so those are valuable study hours that I have to spend dispensing instead. I enjoy interacting with patients, but I’m always worried out about not putting my all into studying. That feeling usually goes away once I’m actually at the Illinois