We have now officially held two pre-health crash courses for local college and high school students. These courses include full-day workshops packed with a ton of information. By partnering with Chicago Scholars as well as some of our neighboring schools, we have now taught over 100 students about the optometric profession. Once they complete this course, they are invited to shadow in the IEI where they can continue to deepen their knowledge of optometry.
One of the goals of this course is to raise awareness of the many medical fields beyond an MD. So far, ICO has hosted an optometrist, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a public health professional, a dentist, and an organic chemist! Being able to identify with these professionals is important for many students. For many, it’s easier to imagine yourself in these professions when those presenting look like you.