Her Own Medical Journey Led Her to a Career in Medicine

By Pamela Martineau Alicia Austerman, School of PA Studies, ’18, knows firsthand the critical role PAs play in patient care. It was a PA who made Austerman’s journey through cancer less clinical and more humane. […]

Meeting Each Challenge with Positivity and Gratitude

By Pamela Martineau Michael Goering, SCCO, ’19, learned the importance of embracing grit early in life. The second to the youngest child in a family of 13 kids, Goering’s mother was diagnosed with leukemia when […]

Setbacks Prompt Reflection – and Inner Fortitude

By Pamela Martineau Steven Nguyen, College of Pharmacy, ’20, found direction and inner strength from the unlikeliest of places – academic disqualification as an undergraduate. The experience forced him to dig deep, and learn some […]

Maneuvering Through Life’s Challenges to Chart His Destiny

By Pamela Martineau Steven Bayer, School of PA Studies, ’17, knows precisely what it takes to work through challenges – intense resolve and lots of positivity. He hopes to share that message with his patients. […]

Transitioning From Television Reporter to Optometrist: Persistence Pays Off

By Pamela Martineau Diana Nguyen, SCCO, ’19, worked for three years as a television reporter after graduating from San Jose State University. She covered some exciting stories, but also depressing ones. “Whatever bleeds leads,” Nguyen […]

Working to Help Patients Bridge the Language Barrier

By Pamela Martineau Sandy Rios, College of Pharmacy, ’20, grew up in the East San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles where she says there are many socio-economic barriers to higher education. Rios’s parents immigrated from […]

Gaining Compassion and Understanding From Life’s Challenges

By Pamela Martineau Growing up in Minnesota, Alexander Paradis, SCCO, ’19, is grateful that his best friend was his older brother. It’s not just that liking your brother enough to call him your best friend […]

Bringing Life’s Experience to a New Level of Compassionate Care

By Pamela Martineau Angie Kim, School of PA Studies, ’17, was drawn to the medical profession because it offers her the opportunity to practice compassionate care. And when she encounters a patient who has experienced […]

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President’s Perspective

By Kevin L. Alexander, OD, PhD Fall represents a time of change and transformation. At Ketchum University, the 2017 fall quarter is particularly exciting as we open our new Health Professions Building, bringing together all […]

Throwback: 1904

In 1904, Dr. Marshall Bidwell Ketchum began a school in Los Angeles with the humble mission of teaching students how to refract and fit glasses to help people see better. He founded the third-oldest optometry […]

Dean’s Corner

Southern California College of Optometry As the Class of 2021 begins their education at the Southern California College of Optometry, we are all excited to have students from the optometry, PA and pharmacy programs on […]