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College of Optometry earns accreditation

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), retroactive to Feb. 6, 2013. The College of Optometry was granted the accreditation classification of “Accredited,” which indicates the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. ACOE evaluates professional optometric degree programs through an on-site visit at least once every eight years, and all programs are reviewed annually through the annual report process. Accreditation by the ACOE is not necessarily for a specific period of
time, since it is subject to continual review.

Kambiz Silani, OD ’13, Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, Sahil Dosaj, OD ’13, and Harout Khanjian, OD ’13Optometry’s Meeting Reception

The WesternU Alumni Association hosted its first College of Optometry Alumni Reception at the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting on June 28 in San Diego. College faculty and nearly 100 students interacted with more than a dozen members of the College’s charter class of 2013, who had graduated less than 50 days prior. Pictured (l-r) is Kambiz Silani, OD ’13, Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, Sahil Dosaj, OD ’13, and Harout Khanjian, OD ’13.

WesternU Seeks Subjects for Clinical Study

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Drs. Yumori, Finley, Gordon, and Trinh are conducting a study to investigate how rheumatoid arthritis affects your eyes. We will do an extensive evaluation of the front part of your eye, evaluate your joints, and pay for blood samples to measure the levels of inflammation in your body. We will explain all of your results and share recommendations on how to keep your eyes healthy. Participation takes about 2 hours and you will be compensated $25 at the end of the study. Please contact the study coordinator at 909-706-3899 or eyecarecenter@westernu.edu to schedule an appointment.

More College News

Read more about the latest news and events from the College of Optometry.

Alumni NewsMonique Kenien, OD '13

Monique Kenien, OD ’13, was featured in Women in Optometry magazine as the top graduate from her class. Of North America’s 22 optometry schools and colleges, 16 had women graduate with the highest academic ranking.

The College of Optometry received it’s very first alumni donation from Linda Kit, OD ’13. Her gift was made on May 15, 2013… the day after graduation. Will you be next? Make your gift online today.

Student News

Annual Welcome Week Scavenger HuntThe College of Optometry (CO) held its annual Scavenger Hunt for its incoming class during Welcome Week on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Class of 2017 students were divided into four “houses”- House of Borish (red), House of Skeffington (blue), House of Prentice (green) and the winners, House of Galileo (yellow). The CO’s Class of 2016 used this event to help the new students get acclimated to different areas on the Pomona, Calif. campus.

Read the latest updates from the students themselves in the latest Student Government Association Newsletter.

Upcoming Events

August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (909) 469-ALUM or alumni@westernu.edu. 

 

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