“As a profession we are more open to the idea of lifelong learning … – Association of Optometrists

Optometrist and AOP chair, Dr Julie-Anne Little, on a shift in mindset and an openness for lifelong learning
Dr Julie-Anne Little BSc (Hons), PhD, MCOptom, FHEA
20 January 2023
My education journey after graduation began with my PhD – today it remains the biggest, but not the only, thing that I have done in regards to post-qualification education. I completed my pre-reg in a hospital optometry environment. My pre-reg supervisor had completed a PhD and it really opened my eyes to the skills that you develop, not just the application of research, but in understanding the evidence base, as well as the organisational and time management skills that come with it. As a PhD researcher you learn a broad range of skills that you can apply to other roles across optometry. It’s a journey.
Dr Julie-Anne Little is an optometrist, chairman of the AOP Board, and a senior lecturer at Ulster University

• As told to Emily McCormick.
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