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NSU Optometric Student Association and College of Optometry to host 5-State Area Symposium

(Tahlequah, Okla.)--Northeastern State University’s Optometric Student Association and College of Optometrywill be hosting the annual 5-State Area Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm in the University Center, Tahlequah campus.

The event is held each year, catering primarily to area optometrists in the five-state region; however, the symposium also serves as a stage for eight optometry students to share their knowledge in an optometry competition known as Grand Rounds. All proceeds of the event go to the Optometric Student Association. 

Dr. Leland Carr, who will be leading the Grand Rounds portion of the symposium, explained that each optometry student is required to create a presentation as part of their coursework, and the top eight presentations, which are deemed most useful educationally, are selected to present during the symposium. A panel of three judges will be on hand during the event to judge the presentations, and all eight presenters will receive a scholarship in various amounts based on judging. 

This year’s event will feature five presentations by NSU-affiliated speakers accompanying the Grand Rounds: 

  • Dr. Kelly Boucher: “No Eye-No Problem” Clinical treatment and management for patients with prosthetic eyes

  • Dr. Emily Bruce: “Safety in Eyecare” OSHA regulations for the optometric practice

  • Dr. Jason Ellen: “Pearls of Knowledge Gleaned from 15 Years of ‘Teaching’ Optometry Residents” Interesting cases and bits of wisdom on what NOT to do, or what to do better next time

  • Dr. Monte Harrel: “Ocular Surface Disease: New Paradigms in Diagnosis and Treatment” and “Cases That Taught Me Lessons: Neuro to Binocular Vision”

  • Dr. David Lewerenz: “An Overview of Inherited Retinal Conditions”

This event sees 200-250 optometry professionals in attendance each year and offers a unique and useful opportunity for those in the profession.

“Attending this symposium allows for those in the profession to earn their required annual hours of continuing education in February, when all hours must be met by the end of June in the state of Oklahoma,” Dr. Leland Carr, professor of Optometry at NSUOCO said. “Most other providers don’t emphasize early spring time opportunities to get these hours, so we’re providing an opportunity for members in the professional community to get their hours completed early in the year.”

Registration for the event is open through the day of the event, and registration forms can be found online at Current registration is $205 per person; however, a price break is available for recent NSUOCO students. Registration forms can be emailed to Callie McAtee at

For more information, contact the College of Optometry at 918-444-4000 or

Published: 2/11/2015 12:28:17 PM

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