Category Archives: Optometry

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2017-2018 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN:  OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2017-2018!  As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application.  The application is available at  and also directly at

MORE INFORMATION:  General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website.  The Applicants and Advisors page is a useful resource for applicants.


SUNY Optometry Information Session

Christian Alberto, MSEd, Associate Director of Admissions of the SUNY State College of Optometry will host an info session at UB NEXT Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in 118 Baldy Hall.  He will speak about the profession and future direction of optometry, answer your questions about the admission process, and address how you can assemble a competitive application.

 Learn more at


Ohio State Optometry – Admissions Visit Day – April 1

Ohio State Optometry Visit Day

We welcome prospective students, advisors, alumni, and friends to our Admissions Visit Day on Saturday, April 1 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The event will navigate students through the admissions process as they participate in workshops focusing in on the OptomCAS Application, Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), Interview Skills, Financing Your Education, and Shadowing an Optometrist. In addition, our faculty and students will lead tours of our clinical facilities and classrooms. You’ll have an opportunity to talk directly with current students, faculty, administrators, and alumni throughout the day.

Reservations are requested for the event. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers

The 11th Annual I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) program will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University from July 10 – 12, 2017.  Applications welcome through the April 1 deadline.  I-DOC is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  Thirty spots are available for the program this summer with financial assistance covering all meals, on-campus housing, activities, and airfare for those travelling to Columbus up to $500.

Application information, eligibility, and more information can be found at  


Unite For Sight Opportunities

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do? Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to 2.2 million patients living in poverty, including more than 95,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Fellows assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have fellows pursuing research studies about medication management, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details are available online at

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Webinar

Are you a college freshman or sophomore seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?  Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer.  The webinar will occur Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 5 PM EST. Register today for the SHPEP webinar to learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will include SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtained, thanks to their educational experience at the SHPEP. The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply.

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.  Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.  Students should visit to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.


Spring 2017 Prehealth Committee Application Now Open


The ONLINE application is available to you from NOW to MARCH 15. 

Please remember to go to for full Committee details.

This announcement is for students applying to the professional health schools of medicine (MD and DO), dental medicine, podiatry, optometry, and chiropractic for fall 2018 intended admission.                                                                                                                                            

Many times, because of application deadlines, our applicants to optometry, podiatry and chiropractic schools are able to use our fall (September 1) Committee cycle if they wish. ***Please note that applicants to US MD and DDS schools are NO LONGER able to use our annual fall cycle with a deadline of September 1.***

If you have any questions or concerns about this Committee policy, please set an appointment with a prehealth advisor *well before* the spring deadline MARCH 15, 2017.

A brief PowerPoint and detailed instruction guide have been added to the prehealth website to assist you.

Please go to and

You will be **unable** to come through the spring Committee process if you do not submit your ONLINE application by this deadline.   

Once you submit your application, you will be unable to make any changes to it.

  • Please go to
  • You will be directed to provide an email address (preferably UB) and hit SUBMIT.
  • You will then receive an email that provides you with the URL of the application. You will see in the email that your username to log-in will be the email address you provided.  Your password will be temporarily assigned to you.  You can then click on the URL to log in to the application.
  • At the log-in screen, you will be asked to change your password.  PASSWORDS WILL BE CASE SENSITIVE.

These instructions are also be available on the website at


Once you initiate your application, please go to the section titled “References.”  If you type in the names of your prospective letter writers, we will place a “Y” for YES next to each when the letter of recommendation is received by our office.

This way, you can easily track the receipt of your letters through your application.

You want to assure that you have at least 4 letters submitted to our office by APRIL 15, 2017.


Information will be forthcoming about the specific dates in the spring of 2017 when you can come by 109 Norton Hall to complete some additional, important paperwork for the Committee as well as pay the Committee fee.


Several information sessions have been scheduled to inform you about the full Committee process and answer your questions.  We strongly encouraged you to attend so that you may sign the “Prehealth Committee Intent Form” so we know to expect you through this upcoming cycle.  The Prehealth Committee Student Meetings are designed to provide you with all you need to know for applying for a Prehealth Committee Letter and detail how the process will work. The application deadline is March 15, 2017, so be sure to attend a session!

Thursday, February 9 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Tuesday, February 14 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Wednesday, February 15 4:00pm-5:30pm 210 Student Union
Wednesday, February 22 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Monday, February 27 2:00pm-3:00pm 210 Student Union
Tuesday, March 7 3:00pm-4:00pm 210 Student Union

Prehealth Assistant

Please note that Jennifer Rosseland, formerly the prehealth assistant in the Office of Prehealth Advising Services in 109 Norton Hall is no longer working in our center.  If you email her, she is *unable* to assist with your inquiries.  You need to contact Carl Lam at 716-645-6012 or via email at for procedural items related to the Prehealth Committee as well as inquiries regarding your letters of recommendation.  For all other prehealth matters, please do reach out to prehealth advisor via email or set either an in person or telephone appt by calling 716-645-6013 or stopping by 109 Norton Hall any time from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.

Re-Applicant Information for 2018 Admission

If you are anticipating *reapplying* in 2017 for fall 2018 admission and have previously come through the Prehealth Committee, please do not open another Committee application but instead set a phone or in-person appointment with a prehealth advisor in the spring of 2017 (before May) to help assess your preparedness to reapply.  The professional health schools expect a “significantly different application” from any previous applications to warrant an acceptance.  Reapplication is time consuming and costly.   For further information for re-applicants who have previously gone through the UB Prehealth Committee, please go to   We will begin to accept re-applicant addendum forms in May of 2017.