A Recipe For Success For Graduating Optometry Students (And For The Rest Of Us)

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO June 13, 2014

Well, it is that time of year...time to congratulate a brand-new graduating class of freshly minted doctors and to welcome them to our profession. Well done!! What a great time to be starting your careers in optometry!!

You are certainly the best trained, the most prepared, and the most dynamic additions to our profession in history.

You have achieved in a very demanding education program, equal to that of any other health care discipline. You have gained valuable clinical experience through your many patient care opportunities. And you enter a profession with greatly expanding privilege and scope of practice.

Optometry is the primary eye care profession and has earned the respect of all other health care disciplines through the hard work and excellent outcomes produced by your colleagues.

I truly believe that opportunity has never been greater, and yet, success is not guaranteed. Success will come to those who find their niche, roll up their sleeves, aspire to continuous improvement, and to those who follow the recipe:

Recipe for Success

  • Start with two parts inertia.

  • Add a dash of urgency.

  • Sprinkle in a game plan.

  • Simmer on low heat with common sense and practicality.

  • Grease the pan with humbleness.

  • Pour slowly over ice-cold determination.

  • You can’t add too much enthusiasm.

  • Sprinkle in a tincture of pickle juice (no one likes it too sweet), but always consider the varied tastes of your patients.

  • A sense of humor will keep it from being too sour.

  • Serve in small bite-size servings, but be sure you always have plenty for leftovers.

  • Some people may not try it or like it the first time around, but keep stirring.

  • Always cleanse the palate with a sense of accomplishment.

  • And finally, never forget the breath mint for the group hug.

As I See It, you have been granted the awesome privilege and responsibility of caring for the visual welfare of your patients. You have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. You are graduating with all the key ingredients for a rewarding career in optometry.

Just remember to stay true to your recipe and professional success will take care of itself.

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