MCO’s Dr. Hinkley receives grant

BIG RAPIDS – Dr. Sarah Hinkley, a Ferris State University associate professor and chief of Vision Rehabilitation Services in the university’s Michigan College of Optometry, was recently awarded a 2013 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Grant, worth $2,000.

Hinkley applied for the grant to help fund her “Interprofessional Collaboration in Vision Rehabilitation for Student Education and Patient Care” project. The venture focuses on the University Eye Center’s collaboration with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

LOOKING FORWARD: Dr. Sarah Hinkley of FSU's Michigan College of Optometry looks forward to applying the 2013 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Grant toward the maintenance of a partnership between students and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (Courtesy photo)

LOOKING FORWARD: Dr. Sarah Hinkley of FSU’s Michigan College of Optometry looks forward to applying the 2013 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Grant toward the maintenance of a partnership between students and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (Courtesy photo)

The grant will keep the partnership, which has already been in place for a year, financially viable.

Hinkley noted that MCO students benefit from the collaborative relationship. She said that the students learn through hands-on clinical experience. Students better understand the benefits of a collaborative approach for patient care and what it means to be part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

“My students and I learn from ABVI staff and they learn from us during every patient encounter,” Hinkley said, in a press release. “In addition, my students and I go along on home visits so that we can see how the rehabilitation process and devices are actually working for the patient in their own environment which can be much different than in the exam room.”

The Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Grant was provided by the American Optometric Foundation. To learn more, visit aaopt.org.

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