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Kentucky College of Optometry announces clinical faculty

December 04, 2015 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Ian W. McWherter, O.D., a consultative optometrist at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers in Louisville, joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an assistant clinical professor and director of research.

McWherter graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pa., with highest honors in 2012. McWherter completed rotations at veterans’ hospitals in Charleston, S.C., and Muskogee, Okla., as well as private practices in Fairfax, Va., and Savannah, Ga. In 2012, he was accepted to the Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers Optometric Residency program. Upon completion of his residency, McWherter practiced optometry in the Kentuckiana area.

Among his academic honors and achievements during his schooling, McWherter was named “Best in Class 2012” by “Vision Monday,” an optometric journal, for being a top student at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Additionally, he was actively involved in many volunteer and charitable organizations, such as the Lions Club, and served as the student member to the board of trustees at Salus University. In 2011, he won first place in the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl in Salt Lake City, Utah, – an academic challenge against students from other optometry schools across the country.

Upon acceptance into the Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers optometric residency program, McWherter received the Optometric Residency Matching Service’s Scholarship for obtaining one of the top four scores on the national optometry boards in his residency class. He has also received several other awards, including the Alumni Association Award, membership in the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, the Clinical Excellence Citation and the Beta Sigma Kappa Award.

McWherter is a member of the Greater Louisville Optometric Society, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and is vice president of the Louisville Glaucoma Society.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction has begun on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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