I will walk you through a typical day at my current rotation – overall it includes completing entrance testing, conducting eye exams on patients and supervising vision therapy sessions.
In the morning, I wake up, shower and grab breakfast on the go. Time is of the essence, as I like to wake up precisely at 7:20 a.m. and leave my house at 8:15 a.m. to arrive timely at work. With a packed lunch and goodbyes to the family, I am off
to work. My commute is about 30 minutes from my house – I enjoy that time period to listen to the latest tunes, catchup with my younger brother on life or making a mental note of work to-do things.
Arriving at work starts with friendly hellos and good mornings. We arrive 15 minutes before the clinic opens to ensure everything is ready and prepared for patient arrival. A typical day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes the best thing of all – providing patients with clear and comfortable vision. What I enjoy most is the unexpected aspect of looking at eyeballs – diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases is a key factor that I have been improving and polishing at my rotation.
In addition, working at a private practice has been an enriching experience, allowing me to learn skills and traits needed to run a successful business. Let me tell you, it includes a lot more than what is taught in classes and courses. I genuinely value my last year of training - clinical exposure before entering the real world is vital for being successful post-graduation.
Having said that, I cannot believe graduation is only a few months away! Time truly flies. Starting this program felt like a daunting experience years ago. However, I am eternally grateful for all the lessons-learned along the way. Good luck to all my peers completing rotations – see you all at the finish line in a few months.