Specialty Contact Lens Externship Sites

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About the Program

The GP Lens Institute (GPLI) is supporting an enhanced student and doctor experience by helping establish new externship sites focused on specialty contact lenses. The GPLI will provide resources such as webinars and digital access to practice advice for efficient and successful integration and mentorship. This can be a rewarding experience for doctors, students, and patients. The goal of this initiative is to create 50 new sites, which would result in approximately 200 fourth-year students obtaining specialty contact lens experience by the end of three years. Each practice will work with an associated College of Optometry to determine specific requirements.

Learn how an externship can influence the optometry student’s journey.

Current Cornea and Contact Lens Residents Drs. Megan Ingalls and David Dinh share their externship experiences through this series of videos.

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Guidance for Externship Site Mentors

This webinar recording explores the benefits of having student interns in your optometric practice, and how to overcome various challenges as well. Four optometrists who currently host interns in their practice discuss the honest reality of mentoring optometry students and how it has enriched their career and practice.

Serving as a Specialty Contact Lens Externship Site

by Drs. Tom Quinn and Chris Smiley | GPLI Radio – October 2023


Thank You to Our Externship Site Program Sponsor

Special thanks go to the Society of Eye Care Specialists for their support of this program, including: Drs. Robert L. Davis, Jeffrey Sonsino, Jordan Kassalow, Amy Nau, Douglas Inns, Aaron McNulty, Moshe Schwartz, Lamar Zigler, S. Barry Eiden, Todd Bowman, Jeff Cooper, Randall Feurst, David Seibel, Selina McGee, and Shalu Pal.