Dr. Erin Jenewein, assistant professor in the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry
, was recently named a Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry from the American Academy of Optometry.
Achieving Diplomate status is a prestigious accomplishment for optometrists. It signifies that they have demonstrated exemplary diagnostic and clinical skills to ensure the highest quality care for their patients. For this particular section, candidates must complete case reports in specific areas of binocular vision, perception and pediatric optometry, which are then critiqued by other Diplomates. They must also pass a written, practical and oral examination.
According to Dr. Jenewein, her strong professional mentors encouraged her to apply for Diplomate status.
“I first learned about the Diplomate program from Stacey Coulter, OD ’91, during my residency at Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.),” she said. “Dr. Coulter, as well as Dr. Susan Cotter (professor at the Southern California College of Optometry) and Dr. Mitch Scheiman (dean of Research and Biomedicine program director at Salus) have been amazing mentors that I truly admire. They all strongly encouraged me to become a Diplomate.”
Though the process was strenuous, Dr. Jenewein believes it has helped her to become a better optometrist for both her patients and the students she oversees in in clinical practice at The Eye Institute.
“I knew that completing the Diplomate process would challenge me to continue to learn and have a high level of knowledge in every area of pediatrics and binocular vision, which would make me a better clinician and teacher,” she said.
Dr. Jenewein holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin. She graduated with highest honors and professional distinction from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2009. Following graduation she went on to complete a residency at Nova Southeastern University in pediatrics and binocular vision. From 2010-2015, Dr. Jenewein served as an assistant professor and chief of service at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
In 2015, Dr. Jenewein joined the professional staff at The Eye Institute, where she works in the pediatric and binocular vision services and serves as an assistant professor at Salus University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and is involved in clinical research including serving as an investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.