Mentoring 101: In March 2020, our Calgary Optometrists – Dr. Jessica Yang, Dr. Marilyn Wong, and Dr. Farrah Sunderji were part of a pilot project in collaboration with the Alberta Association of Optometrists and the University of Calgary’s School of Medicine. Each of our eye doctors had the privilege of being preceptors and mentors to three amazing and highly knowledgeable 3rd year medical students.
This project has been a great opportunity to educate our future physicians about the scope of Optometry. Our medical students were trained on the following:
1. The eye 101- including a detailed overview of structures and functions of the eye.
2. How Optometrists examine the eyes using advanced tests, equipments and technology located inside the clinic.
3. How Optometrists treat various eye conditions using medications, contact lenses and more.
4. How Optometrists triage and treat emergencies.
5. How Optometrists co-manage care with Family Physicians and specialists, including Ophthalmologists and Rheumatologists for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune conditions.
6. How Optometrists examine infants and children, and provide treatment options to slow down the progression of nearsightedness.
7. How Optometrists care for patients with low vision and work with the CNIB.
8. How Optometrists treat and diagnose dry eyes and all the new treatment options available.
9. What is covered by Alberta Health Services when you see your Optometrist.
10. The day-to-day functions of an Optometric practice.
Our eye doctors feel empowered to help educate and contribute towards the improvement of our Alberta Health Care system. Team Eyedeology is thankful to be part of this pilot project and for our Optometrists being recognized as COVID heros.