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    The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015

    I always hoped I could don that seafoam green doctoral hood that’s been hanging in the back of my closet for 25 years and address a group of eager graduating optometrists on the cusp of lurching forth into their careers, but nobody ever asked.

    I know, right? Go figure.  

    But lookie what I found—one of those boxy, retro studio microphones with a big, fat “Optometry Times” stamped on it! Wait just one sec…

    Tap, tap, tap. Hellooooo? Is this thing on? Anybody out there? Ahem.

     

    Dear Optometry Class of 2015

    Congratulations to you, your loved ones, professors, and especially your bankers and lenders. Welcome to the jungle. There are some laws in here you need to know about.

    Related: Did I choose optometry, or did optometry choose me?

    But first, take a moment to revel in the moment. By now, you’ve hopefully had a few moments alone with your diploma, just you and your ink. Stare at it, run your fingers over it, say, “Hello, Dr. (fill in your name here)” aloud if you like.

    Now, fold that well-deserved sheepskin back in its cover, get Mom to frame it, whatever. Because from here on out, if you want respect, you’re not going to be able to rely on that title alone and the fact that you survived a grueling gauntlet to get it.

    Next: If you want respect, earn it

    Michael Brown, OD, MHS-CL, FAAO
    Dr. Brown has practiced medical optometry in a comanagement center and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in ...

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