The Integrative Track at SUNY State College of Optometry

Leon Nehmad, OD
Julia Appel, OD


Abstract

This paper discusses the theory and implementation of curricular changes at the SUNY State College of Optometry regarding the courses of the Integrative Track. In response to the changing requirements of optometric clinical education, timely integration of basic science and clinical practice are essential in order to achieve the necessary attributes of a graduating Doctor of Optometry. By beginning this process early in the student’s education where expanding clinic experiences are discussed in small group settings, the interns are able to connect to the curriculum in meaningful ways. Improved critical thinking and development of independent learning styles are goals of the courses in the Integrative Track.

Key Words: optometric curriculum, integration, critical thinking

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