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Medical Optometry of America and the New England College of Optometry Announce Academic Affiliation

The goal is to provide new graduates and residents exposure to medical optometry through an innovative practice model.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOSTON, MA – The New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Medical Optometry of America (MOA), the first national optometric brand in the country focused on medical eye care, announced that they have entered into a unique collaboration with the goal of providing new graduates and residents exposure to medical optometry through an innovative practice model.

“As the optometry field changes and new practice models emerge, we strongly believe that as an educational institution we need to provide students with a diversity of experiences in clinical environments that best prepares them for tomorrow’s optometry,” states Howard Purcell, OD, NECO president and CEO. “Working with MOA, not only do we offer more options for graduates, NECO will also have early insight into emerging practice models.”

“Our profession is undergoing tremendous transformation with significant financial pressures from a growing number of non-traditional competitors. At the same time, the aging population is accelerating demand for medical eye care and yet most patients and their primary physicians don’t know they can access this level of care from Optometric Clinicians. These dynamics represent an opportunity and I believe the collaboration between NECO and MOA offers tremendous upside potential for NECO graduates and the Optometric Profession as a whole,” states Jim Thimons, OD and MOA’s chief medical officer.

For NECO, the affiliation creates opportunities for post-graduate training and practice in medical optometry at MOA’s sites. Together, the organizations will also explore the potential of developing a digital education platform to expand high quality continuing education programs for optometrists throughout the country.

Optometrists entering the field today can opt to work in a variety of different practice models that were rarely seen just a decade ago. Today, optometrists can practice in a multitude of settings, from private practice to national retail companies to startups. The change is not without notice. Representatives from every sector of the eye care industry gathered in November at the New England College of Optometry to share expertise and discuss the evolving nature of eye care and the implications for how optometric education and the optometric profession can benefit from working together in unique partnerships.

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