For optometry residencies

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by gbrmh1212, Oct 1, 2017.

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  1. gbrmh1212

    gbrmh1212

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    I'm currently a 2nd year in OD school. I haven't done any club activities or student council in my first year. I'm tutoring few classes at the moment and my GPA from the first year is 3.7. Lots of my classmates are interested in doing residencies after graduation, and they are involved in so many activities and officers for multiple clubs. I did lots of activities in my undergrad, but since studying has been so overwhelming, I have decided to just focus on studying and do only tutors.
    I would like to be involved in volunteering, and I do really enjoy those works and love helping communities. But at the same time, I fear that I must be a good student and a doctor academically first before I try to help others. Recently I'm more interested in doing the residency and would like to learn more about it. Sometimes I see students that are involved in every single clubs and work as officers, however suffering academically and planning to apply to residency(I'm not talking about GPAs that are 3.0 and above-which I think is still great since being in OD school already makes you qualified academically to become a great doctor- but below GPAs 2.2). Sorry for all these long intro, but I had trouble finding information what else I should do to become a better candidate to apply for residency programs.
    Should I be more involved in many clubs and student council? Can anyone who will or already applied for residency give an example or any great activities or experience they had? Thank you!
     
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  3. generallyspeaking

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    Don't sweat the leadership/involvement extracurricular activities. Even GPA/Board scores aren't the biggest deciding factor in optometry residencies (unlike medical residencies). I would say the interview is the most important, followed by GPA, followed by Board scores (only if you do a residency in academia).

    Most people who did clubs and student councils did do residencies. I've seen B and C students who weren't as involved do residencies. I've seen A students who didn't get accepted to a residency program (but then again, they only applied to one place).

    If your chose is to do a residency, then again I wouldn't sweat the club stuff. When it came time for me to decide if residency was right for me in 2013, I didn't find it particularly useful, and to do this day I still think I made the right choice.
     
  4. percyeye

    percyeye 5+ Year Member

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    As the other poster said the interview is the most important part.

    And why do you want to do a residency? Because everyone else is talking about it?

    If you want to go into Academia or work at the VA then you need to do a residency. If you are just interested in owning a practice and making decent money then really it is a waste of your time honestly.
     
  5. gbrmh1212

    gbrmh1212

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    Thank you for sharing your experience! That was really helpful.
     
  6. gbrmh1212

    gbrmh1212

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    Thank you for your response. I would like to do a residency, because I really enjoy teaching, and would like to do research in ocular diseases focusing on pharmacology.
     
  7. percyeye

    percyeye 5+ Year Member

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    If you want to teach it's the only route to go for sure.

    If you are more interested in the research and pharmacology then a PhD would make more sense.

    My class was the same way. When you first start they pump you up by really pushing residencies, and why wouldn't they all your professors did them. But by your 4th year you are kind of done with school. Something that is very important that I did not know was that after your residency even though you are paying the "minimum" payments on your loans you will likely be in more debt than you were before you started on your student loans. The "minimum/ income based payment" doesn't even cover the amount of interest you'll be churning up the second you graduate. So you better be sure a residency is going to farther your career or increase your earnings because you'll be owing more for loans afterwards.
     
  8. gbrmh1212

    gbrmh1212

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    Yes. Luckily I had a job before I started school as a technologist. And I worked for several years having two jobs in a big city, which helped me to raise the majority of tuition. So loans and minimum wage from the residency is not a huge problem since it's only a year and I do not have any loans from undergrad. But earning a PhD seems so long compared to one year of residency.
     
  9. percyeye

    percyeye 5+ Year Member

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    Well I'm not sure how much a residency is going to help you research-wise. The whole point of a residency is to get you more clinical experience.

    You are still early in your Optometric schooling. I changed my mind about 10x during school on what I wanted to do, and by the end of my 4th year I was done wanting to do anymore slideshow presentations and research papers.
     

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