Sandbox Story - Interview of Dr. Kelly Nichols
Dr. Kelly Nichols is an academic’s academic… she has an OD, MPH, and PhD, and she is Dean of the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In this Sandbox Story, hear her stories of family, cooking, and photography, in addition to her commitment to optometric education and research.
As the President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, she shares insight on the critical nature of drawing qualified future ODs into the educational path, including a conversation about their “Optometry Gives Me Life” initiative. And as a Dean of a leading school of optometry, learn her perspective on the evolution of optometric education as it works to match the scope of practice seen in even the most advanced states.
Dr. Nichols also shared a wide-ranging summary of the arc of treatment of dry eye disease, which delivered great insights including advice on how an OD can become more engaged in management of DED.
The Stories within the Story include:
1:00 The Nature Photography Story
3:37 The Cooking Story
4:32 The Optometry Spouse Story
5:24 The Interest in Eyecare Story
6:19 The Degrees Story
7:18 The Education Perspective Story
9:58 The Recruiting ODs Story
12:57 The OD Demand Story
14:58 The Dry Eye Disease Story
26:43 The AAO Story
27:55 The Life’s Joy Story
Find her daily nature photo on Instagram: #dailynaturephotokkn
Find Ocular Surface News, specifically the Oct 21 2021 Edition: https://www.optometricmanagement.com/newsletters/ocular-surface-news/october-21,-2021
Runtime: 28 min
Check it out:
YouTube video podcast: https://youtu.be/eNEZT5uDgyk
Audio Podcast Apps: search for "Sandbox Stories" on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon, Pandora and more!
Downloadable Podcast (mp3): https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ywtny8/Sandbox_Interview_-_Nichols_AUDIO7x4ld.mp3