SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

Do optometry students say they are in medical school

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by Strangely, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Strangely


    Mar 8, 2018
    Hey fellow eye lovers

    When people ask what you’re studying do you say “I’m in medical school/I’m a medical student” or tell them your in optometry school (and obviously studying optometry)?

    I’ve actually been hearing both recently, want to know what everyone else on here says
    Ellowyan and kkwngl like this.
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. optsuker

    optsuker 7+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DOsteopathic and Weirdy like this.
  4. kilegna


    Jul 8, 2016
    Optometry student for sure. Medical student is used more for an MD or DO
    Weirdy likes this.
  5. Bluueskies


    Mar 9, 2018
    Maybe OP is from a country where optometrists are required to attend medical school? In the US at least, optometrists
    In what country? Maybe this is true in certain parts of the world?
  6. Strangely


    Mar 8, 2018
    I thought so too but I’m hearing Optometry and even podiatry students use this term
  7. Strangely


    Mar 8, 2018
    I’m from Kentucky, don’t go to optometry school, attend an MD program, but have tons of respect for OD’s. Just been hearing this being thrown around at the hospital a lot in recent weeks so got curious and wanted to know what OD students would prefer to be called
  8. Weirdy

    Weirdy 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    In podiatry.

    Someone asks me what I'm in school for currently, I say med school.

    Keeps them from asking further.

    If I answer podiatry, they have no idea what I'm talking about.

    Some get it confused with "Pediatrician".
    Others have no idea what our depth of training is, what test we take, if we have a residency or not.

    I've had a PT from UCSF wonder if our program was 2 years or 3 years.

    I use the term "med school" to opt out of the conversation. Not because I want to look cool. Not because I think I'm an MD/DO.

    I have a lot of friends who are in opto school. The general public understands when they say "optometry". Podiatry not so much.

    I've never seen an optometry student refer to themselves as a medical student within the healthcare field or to the general public.
    skra7 likes this.
  9. KHE

    KHE Senior Member Optometrist SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    I have never once heard a student of optometry saying they were in medical school.

    When I was in school 20 years ago, when people would ask me what I was studying, I would frequently say that I was “studying to be an optometrist” rather than “I’m in optometry school.” For whatever reason, people seemed to understand the world optometrist much more than the word optometry.
  10. percyeye

    percyeye 5+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    I'm a newer grad and never heard anyone use the term "medical" school while in school or anyone who has graduated.

    If I heard someone say they were in medical school I'd correct them myself.

Share This Page