Originally Posted by OATAcer
Private practice is the way to go.
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Wait, wait, wait.
You're advocating both working at a private practice and going to the new schools?
Those two are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.
It's been established that private practice doctors would prefer NOT to hire graduates from these schools. Not only because these graduates are not getting the proper experience from their internships/externships, but also because most optometrists HATE the over-saturation created by these schools. The only fan is the AOA, so I guess you can go work for them.
Please explain how your degree is 'the same,' when graduates from established schools are seeing thousands of complicated patients (GLC, AMD, HTN, DM) while graduates from new school are seeing hundreds of refractive cases.
I hope your 'private practice' comment meant that you'll be starting your own practice, cold.