Last month, VSP was given the opportunity to participate in Sac State’s Academic Talent Search program with a week of optometry focused instruction. The class, titled “The Human Eye: Surgeries, Sight, and Spectacles,” allowed 6th-9th grade students with special interest in optometry to experience a hands-on introduction to the industry.
Dr. Jim Winnick developed and taught the class, with assistance from Rhonda Wilson of the Industry Outreach team. The instruction was designed to give students an inside look into the eyes and show how medicine, vision, engineering, and eyewear are connected.
“Teaching is the ultimate form of knowledge sharing. I’ve always enjoyed helping people better understand the visual system and the eye care profession,” said Dr. Winnick. “Teaching these young students was a bonus, as they seemed very engaged and interested in what they learned. My hope is that we left a positive impression with them as they continue their schooling and plan out their career paths.” Over the five-day class, Dr. Winnick and Rhonda welcomed several guest speakers from VSP Global, VSP Optics Group, The Shop, and VSP Mobile Eyes who provided an overview of the program and gave tours on board the mobile clinic.
Students who successfully completed the course requirements – participated in class, turned in homework assignments, passed the final exam and earned an “A” or “B” grade – received one unit of high school credit. What a great way to expose students to the optometry profession!