On Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry
(PCO) 2017 – 2018 residency class participated in the third annual Residents Days continuing education event. The two-day program was jam-packed with lectures from on and off campus residents on various eye care related topics before attending the residency program graduation.
Half way through the lectures on Thursday, the Bernard Blaustein Resident Excellence Award was presented to Aimee Grimm, OD who completed her off-campus residency at Newsom Eye in Tampa, Fla. Recipients of the award must exhibit exceptional clinical promise and aptitude, a thirst for knowledge, a willingness to share their knowledge for the benefit of improved patient care, and outstanding growth during their residency training.
Bernard H. Blaustein, OD, FAAO, the eponym of the award, retired in January 2018, but presented the award to Grimm. During his speech before giving the award to Grimm, Dr. Blaustein commented on the ever-growing size of the residency class, “we’re almost out of sites,” happy that the program is doing so well. Dr. Blaustein received his Doctor of Optometry from PCO in 1967, and was an associate professor at PCO since 1974. From 2003 to 2009, he handled the on-campus residency programs.
As the resident lectures continued Friday morning, Bhawan K Minhas, OD, FAAO, director of On-Campus Residency Programs said, “We are so proud of the work that our residents showcase during their grand rounds presentations over the two days and the intellectual conversation that it helps to facilitate.”
When the lectures wrapped up on Friday, residents were treated to a luncheon and presentation in the Hafter Student Center sponsored by Allergan, a pharmaceutical company. The resident graduation ceremony, also in the Hafter Center, with a dessert reception immediately followed. This was the first year the entire residency class was able to celebrate together at graduation. “Dr. Shital Mani [director of Off-Campus Residency Programs] and myself are very excited to have all 36 of the on-campus and affiliated residents and their supervisors on-campus for the third annual Residents Days and graduation,” said Dr. Minhas. “It is such an accomplishment to complete this year of rigorous residency training and we are so happy that we can celebrate this achievement together.”
The residency programs are designed to provide the graduate optometrist additional training experiences through extensive participation in patient care provided to a large and diagnostically diverse patient population, through rotations to specialized clinical services, and through special lectures and conferences.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 – 2018 PCO residency class!
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