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2017 September - 1st TOA FOLD Program Class



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1.   What is the TOA "F.O.L.D." Program?

2.   Why did you choose to participate in the FOLD program?

3.   Why is involvement in the TOA important to you?

4.   What do you hope to gain from the FOLD program ?


 

1.   What is the TOA "F.O.L.D." Program?

The Texas Optometric Association's Future Optometric Leader Development program (F.O.L.D.).  This is a state wide program designed to select, challenge, develop and educate those Texas doctors of optometry who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude in local and statewide issues that affect our profession.  As a secondary goal of this program, TOA F.O.L.D. is designed to improve attendees' leadership skills within the profession, within your own practice, within your social circles, and within your own family.

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2.   Why did you choose to participate in the FOLD program?

I chose to participate in the FOLD program to understand the legislative process that the TOA goes through when making decisions to protect our profession. Iam hoping that the FOLD program will help me expand my knowledge about the legislative needs for our profession and to strengthen my leadership skills so I can become more involved in advancing our profession to a fuller scope of practice.

- Anny Nguyen, OD. Murphy, TX

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3.   Why is involvement in the TOA important to you ?

The TOA is in a constant battle to preserve our Texas rights as optometrists, while also expanding our scope of practice capabilities. I feel compelled and moved to sacrifice as much time and effort as I possibly can to the effort, because the TOA is an association that can only go as far as its members take it.  It is imperative that all Texas Optometrists, especially new graduate doctors, that everyone contribute to the cause of the TOA, as our future depends on it .

- Blake Williams, OD, Longview, TX

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4.   What do you hope to gain from the FOLD program?

I chose the path to train in becoming a respected leader and hopefully, help fellow colleagues achieve the next level of modern optometric medicine. Decades of hard work has been poured into this profession to help push it forward to meet the new century's high demanding limits. I hope to look back one day and know we, together, made a difference with the hard work we put in today.

- Kumar Patel, OD, Euless, TX

 

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