Presenter Type

Student

Brief Bio Sketch

Dr. Breanne McGhee is in a group OD/MD practice at Chiasson Eye Care clinic outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her collegiate degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and continued onto Pacific University College of Optometry where she obtained her Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Education degrees in 2016. A year later, Dr. McGhee completed a Family Practice Optometry residency at Bond Wroten Eye Clinic in Louisiana affiliated with the Southern College of Optometry. She is a member of the National Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry where is also a Fellow, American Optometric Association, and Optometric Association of Louisiana. She also serves on various committees including the Evidence Based Optometry-Glaucoma section (AOA) and Anterior Segment Section (AAO). She has presented many clinical posters at different conferences and authored publications in professional journals on various topics. Her specialties include ocular disease, pediatrics, and glaucoma. She is currently a PhD in Educational Leadership candidate at Pacific University where her interest is in minority inclusion in higher education. She is married and a mother to four young children, including a set of twins.

Abstract

Optometry, as well as other healthcare professions recognizes a need for greater racial and ethnic diversity in professional schools and the workforce. For decades, the enrollment of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in professional schools has remained low. With the U.S. minority population steadily increasing, optometry is seeking to expand its efforts toward diversifying its schools and profession, respectively. These efforts parallel with the accelerating cultural changes in the U.S and prepares optometry students to practice in diverse pluralistic environments. This poster provides an overview of the cultural diversity enrollment issue in optometry schools and discusses efforts to work toward sustainable solutions.

Location

Hillsboro Campus, HPC2, Atrium

Start Date

25-1-2019 3:45 PM

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Jan 25th, 3:45 PM

Addressing Cultural and Racial Diversity in Professional Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Hillsboro Campus, HPC2, Atrium

Optometry, as well as other healthcare professions recognizes a need for greater racial and ethnic diversity in professional schools and the workforce. For decades, the enrollment of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in professional schools has remained low. With the U.S. minority population steadily increasing, optometry is seeking to expand its efforts toward diversifying its schools and profession, respectively. These efforts parallel with the accelerating cultural changes in the U.S and prepares optometry students to practice in diverse pluralistic environments. This poster provides an overview of the cultural diversity enrollment issue in optometry schools and discusses efforts to work toward sustainable solutions.