It can be difficult to juggle all our responsibilities while in school, but it is never too early to get involved in activities at the local (MOSA) or state level (MOA). Your time in school will be very rewarding, but remember that optometry is not just books; extra curricular activities are important at every stage of your life.
Political Awareness Protects Optometry:
By keeping in touch with MOA board members, the MOSA officers try to stay current with the legislators and legislation that help shape our profession. Any important news that comes our way is passed on to you. Staying informed is an important step in contributing to the future of our profession.
Here are a few more ideas of how you can help:
- Find out who the optometry-friendly candidates or legislators are.
- Attend candidate / legislator fundraiser events.
- Write legislators about legislation that concerns you.
- Attend campaign work sessions or meetings.
- Volunteer to help with telephone banking or prepare mailings.
- Most important - become an educated voter and educate others.
- Remember financial contributions aren’t necessary -- your time and interest are always appreciated.
MOSA Member Benefits:
- Michigan optometrist mentor program.
- Funding for Michigan conventions and educationals.
- Networking opportunities with Michigan optometrists.
- Various speakers and educationals.
- Open communications with the MOA board -- the board is very receptive to student questions and concerns communicated to them by the MOSA president or during the student forum in November.
- Important highlights of activities concerning optometrists in the State of Michigan.
- Recognition in the MOA journal during fourth year.
- Membership is granted to any optometry student who is in good moral and academic standing and whose dues are paid annually.
- To obtain membership, the application must be completed and returned with $5 for dues.
- To maintain membership, dues must be paid at the beginning of each school year to the MOSA treasurer.
If you have any questions, email a current officer or contact us at
Michigan College of Optometry
1124 S. State St.
Big Rapids MI, 49307