The College conducted its 39th
commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2. As we all know, commencement is the culmination of a lot of hard work for our students and residents, as well as for our faculty and administrators. It is a time that is both eventful and joyous for the SUNY College of Optometry.
For students receiving their Doctor of Optometry degrees commencement is a watershed moment in their lives and the starting point for what will likely be an eventful and exciting career. For residents receiving their certificate of advanced clinical competency, or for students receiving their MS or PhD degrees, it represents a commitment to pursuing a deeper knowledge and understanding of clinical practices and vision science. For faculty and administrators commencement is an opportunity to witness the fruits of their labor and see new clinicians and scientists take their first steps toward becoming the health care and vision science leaders of the future.
The ability of the College to help cultivate and nurture leadership is important for us. As I have noted before, this is a unique moment to be entering into the health care professions in the United States. The Affordable Care Act has enacted the most sweeping changes to our health care delivery system in nearly fifty years. But it is also a period of exciting growth and opportunity for clinicians, researchers and educators. In fact now, perhaps more than ever, we need leaders who can help to usher in these changes and guide our health care system to new heights.
With this goal of leadership in mind, I am proud to share with you, the SUNY College of Optometry’s recently adopted, 2013-2018 five-year strategic plan, "Creating a Legacy of Leadership" a few days before it is officially adopted on July 1. You can read the electronic version here
We’re very proud of the students and residents who pass through our doors, as well as the faculty and staff members who help them learn and succeed while they’re here. But as our new strategic plan indicates, the goals of our institution go far beyond simply producing quality optometrists and vision scientists. We want nothing less than to create future health care leaders.
will be taking its usual hiatus over the next couple of months. Enjoy the summer and we'll see you again in September.
David A. Heath, OD, EdM