The Practice Opportunities Symposium celebrated its 20th year on April 7. This annual event provides fantastic opportunities for students and alumni to network. This year’s Symposium was our biggest ever. As part of ICO’s growing practice management curriculum, first year attendance was mandatory.
An “Introduction to Practice” panel was assembled just for the new class. It featured Tafadzwa Makoni-Savanhu, OD ’11, Michael Russell, OD ’15, and Peter A. Russo, OD ’87, FAAO. Students learned just how far optometry could take them. Dr. Russo shared that he had been an optometrist for prison inmates- a mode of practice many attendees had never heard of. Dr. Makoni-Savanhu encouraged the class to be forward-thinking. “Don’t get caught up in the grades,” she advised. “Think about the ten-year stuff, when grades won’t matter.”
Wisdom was passed along at many other panels, as well. The practice management panel focused on business, reminding students, “You’re paying every single bill, whether you’re in the office or not.” Alumni also spoke on Residency, VA care, practicing in Canada, and much more.
Thank you to all of the alumni who have attended Symposiums past and present. For more from Practice Opportunities Symposium, check out photos on ICO’s Flickr page, podcasts on our SoundCloud channel, and hashtag #20YearsofPOS on social media.