Two Canadian's study optometry abroad and discuss topics such as optometry, education, healthcare and living abroad.
Episode 32 - Welsh Optometry
This week we talked to our neighbours across the sea - Optometry Wales (OW) and the Welsh Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC) We are joined by Sharon Beatty from WOPEC and Tim Morgan from OW who tell us about the exciting future of eye care in Wales. We learn about courses beyond an undergraduate optometric education, scope of practice in Wales and much more! Even though optometry in English speaking European countries is seen as having similar scopes of practice, Optometry Wales provide us with the nuances of how things can differ within the devolved Government of Wales. Check them out at: @OptometryWales on FB Instagram and Twitter, find “WOPEC at Cardiff University on Facebook and @EyeOnWOPEC on Twitter.
Episode 31 - American OD Applications with Mariam Elias
This week we chat with soon to be optometry student, Mariam Elias. Mariam walks us through the process of applying to optometry school in the United States. From applications to interviews, here is everything you need to know about applying to OD school! Follow Mariam at https://www.instagram.com/eyelias_/ on instagram - and follow her in her amazing optometric journey! She has some great tips for interviews, OAT study and much more!
Episode 30 - Study Habits and Instagram in Eye Care with @WannabeOptom
This week we talk study habits, tricks and timelines with Millie: the creator of @wannabeoptom. Millie is a long time friend of the show and prominent on the eye-care social media scene. We also find time to talk about her time studying in Cardiff this far and what kind of optometrist she aspires to be.
Episode 29 - Hospital Observership
This week the Primary Eye Guys are reunited in Dublin to talk about their hospital externship prior to the beginning of four year. Tune in to find out what was most enjoyable and the experience and what specialties within ophthalmology proved be most helpful to see first hand.
Episode 28 - Summer Review and Back to Dublin
For the first time as Gagan and I don't get to get record right beside each other! Tune in as we connect from opposite sides of Canada to review our summers in optometry and otherwise. We also talk plans for fourth year in Dublin - and hypothesize what our lives are going to be like in our final year of optometry school. Topics include possible research, modules we are looking forward too, and the two of us just catching up after a summer apart!
Episode 27 - Canadians Abroad
Gagan and I aren't the only Canadians studying optometry in Dublin. We sit down and chat with our fellow Canuck and roommate - Lindsay Burke! We don't so much talk about what it's like living abroad in Ireland, but rather we hypothesize what our future careers will look like. Find out how I hate dealing with Dry Eye Disease and how I can't imagine owning my own practice - or how the other two already have clear picture of what kind of optometrist they would someday like to be.
Side note (We recorded this ~ 6 months ago, I have since become a better practitioner!)
Thanks to Lindsay for joining us! Check out her instagram at:
Hopefully she'll be joining us again someday to find out how many of our plans have come to fruition!
*** Photo from our EyeBall 2019 - Fake props folks.