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Evolution Of Optometric Practice Expectations: A Survey Of Practitioners.

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dc.contributor.author Wade, Brian
dc.contributor.author Miller, Shawn
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-19T13:39:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-19T13:39:42Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/5185
dc.description This paper is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Optometry. 24 pages. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: This research seeks to assess the relationship between optometric career expectations and current career state in regards to mode of practice, income, location, and other specific optometric practice characteristics. It aims to look specifically at how the current career of optometrists compares to what they expected and desired when selecting optometry as their profession. Methods: The research for this study was conducted via an online survey questionnaire consisting of twenty-one free-response questions about optometrists’ expectations and current level of satisfaction in regards to characteristics such as income, mode of practice, geographic location in which they practice, practice ownership (if applicable), daily work schedule, and flexibility to practice as they would like. The survey was distributed to current members of the Michigan Optometric Association via email and 111 responses were collected. Data was compiled and analysis looked for general trends in responses. Results: A considerable majority, 83% and 84% of optometrists, respectively, report they are satisfied with their current mode of practice and geographic location. Overall, 72% of optometrists report their income has either met or exceeded their expectations. Of optometrists that have at least partial ownership of a practice, the largest percentage, 38%, obtained ownership of a practice within 1-3 years after graduation. The majority of working optometrists received full time work (greater than 30 hours per week) straight out of school at a single practice location. Conclusions: Overall, a considerable majority of optometrists are pleased with their current mode of optometric practice, with the largest percentage practicing in the private practice setting. Optometrists as a whole are also satisfied with their income and geographic location. It is perhaps more difficult than one would think to obtain full-time employment at one practice after graduating from optometry school but full time employment appears to be quite possible for those willing to practice at multiple locations. Business concepts, insurance billing and coding, and aspects of purchasing an optometric practice are consistently cited as elements of optometric education which could be improved. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries UA 29;
dc.subject Job satisfaction. en_US
dc.subject Jenerou, Alison. O.D. Faculty advisor. en_US
dc.subject Optometric practice. en_US
dc.title Evolution Of Optometric Practice Expectations: A Survey Of Practitioners. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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