Website Launched to Help New ODs Establish Successful Careers

American Optometric Association encourages post-grads to use professional resources

St. Louis, Mo. (April 1, 2014)—Post-graduate optometrists have access to a new website, NewGradOptometry.com, designed to offer information that will help put them on the right track for a successful professional career. The American Optometric Association (AOA) is encouraging new ODs to utilize this and other tools for career development. 

NewGradOptometry.com is cost-free for users and offers resources to help inspire clinical and financial growth as an OD, such as articles on new graduate success, licensing, insurance, clinical skills, and practice management. Site visitors are asked to create a user profile that entitles users to download the free e-book, "How to Get Your Optometry License-A Guide to All 50 States," and to access content that will be updated monthly. Essilor of America and Vision Source are the exclusive sponsors of the new website.

"The future of the profession lies in the hands of our most recent graduates," said Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., liaison trustee for the AOA Student and New Graduate Committee. "NewGradOptometry.com offers these new doctors of optometry online content and resources designed to help them launch their careers and prepare them for the journey ahead."

"We're here to make life easier for those new graduates," said Matthew Geller, O.D., founder of both NewGradOptometry.com and the online student site, OptometryStudents.com

There can be a lot to consider immediately out of academia, Dr. Geller explained, and still more to learn about the practical side of optometry that can leave new ODs overwhelmed as they transition into their careers. 

"Instead of feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, hopefully, these resources will help them be more likely to take on a bigger responsibility, maybe a more difficult route, and feel more confident in doing that," Dr. Geller said.

Visit NewGradOptometry.com and OptometryStudents.com, as well as the AOA website for resources to help you advance your career as an optometrist. 

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):

The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit www.aoa.org.

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