from the sponsor
Howard B. Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O. Senior Director, The Vision Care Institute
Over the past 6 months, I've had the opportunity
to visit nearly half of the schools and colleges of optometry in North America.
Although I've always had a great deal of respect for the administrators and faculty
of our academic institutions, meeting them personally has been truly inspiring.
These are the individuals who have
chosen to step up and lead, taking on the responsibility to nurture and develop
new O.D.s, preparing them to serve the needs of the public in an ethical and compassionate
manner. Never before has the burden been so great, the responsibility so demanding.
Our faculty and administrators have not only accepted the challenge, but they've
embraced their roles with a tenacity and vigilance that will take our profession
to places we may only have imagined.
When was the last time you visited
your alma mater? When was the last time you called or sent an e-mail to that faculty
member who made a difference to you? Have you ever considered asking your favorite
teacher to consult on a difficult case? I encourage you to take the time to go back.
You may not recognize the old place. The physical growth and development of these
institutions have been incredible.
As I've walked the campuses in Birmingham,
Boston, Columbus, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico and Tulsa, I've been inspired by the
administrators' unrelenting efforts to create the most state-of-the-art facilities
in health care. How proud they are, as they should be, to show off the incredible
growth their institutions are experiencing. Each and every school and college is
either planning for or in the process of upgrading, or has recently completed major
We truly are fortunate to have benefited
from the expertise and commitment of these teachers and administrators. So, next
time you have the chance to stop in and see for yourself, do it. I'm confident you'll
leave feeling better than when you arrived, proud of what has been accomplished
and proud that there are people like Dr. Amos, Dr. Barr, Dr. Bartlett, Dr. Carr,
Dr. Foster, Dr. Heath, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Pagan, Dr. Santiago, Dr. Shipp, Dr. Zadnick
and many others.
behalf of all of us ... THANK YOU!
Let me know what you think!
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Optometric Management, Issue: September 2006