Life as a New Optometrist – Ryan Corte O.D.

Ryan Corte attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry and graduated in 2012. He completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. He currently splits time between Modern Eye Care and Premier Family Eye Care in metropolitan Charlotte, NC. Ryan is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association. He also serves on the Student and New Graduate Committee of the American Optometric Association.

ryan corte with monkey OD

The Bucket List Before Your First Day of Practice

There’s no doubt in my mind I would have backpacked Europe – either through studying abroad during undergrad or after residency. Instead, I took a trip to Hong Kong and Thailand – which was still amazing! Once you start practicing, days off are hard to come by. There is still a large part of me that wishes I visited Europe before jumping into the “real world”!

Your biggest challenge after graduation

Getting respect as a resident from ODs/industry representatives outside of my residency program. Many ODs/industry representatives inadvertently treat residents like students. My former co-residents and I were quick to clarify the fact that residents are optometrists that dedicate an additional year of their lives to further their clinical expertise for the experience and intangible benefits that come with it.

Your biggest challenge in first year of practice

Adapting to practicing by myself. I’m a people person. Getting to know my patients has been great, however, I really miss running ideas or cases across other optometrists like I did during school and residency.

The hardest part about acclimating to experienced / senior ODs

Gaining their respect. Senior ODs have clinical knowledge and experience that far surpasses any new graduate. It may take a while for some to warm up to the idea of new graduates managing difficult cases.

The most challenging thing about building a patient base

Working at more than one location. I work for 2 separate private practices that have a total of 3 office locations. If I was consistently at one location, I feel it would be easier to build a reputation/name within the community.

The hardest part of your day

When there is a complex scheduling issue that leads to a bottleneck in my exam flow. If this occurs, it’s frustrating to see a crowd in the reception area that you know is waiting be seen and you can’t do anything about it.

About Ryan Corte O.D.

Ryan Corte O.D.

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