The New England College of Optometry (NECO) Clinical Network includes over 40 external clinical affiliations with community health centers, academic medical centers, and VA medical centers. Our patient care model is based on an assessment of community needs, working closely with these communities to provide the best services to meet those needs.
These collaborative relationships help to train optometry students at the New England College of Optometry and provide outreach and care in the community. Through serving clinical rotations at various locations within the New England College of Optometry Clinical Network and beyond, students are able to experience a wide variety of patient care needs through their training while being mentored by experienced clinical faculty from the College. While a majority of these are located in the Greater Boston area, NECO students also perform clinical rotations at clinical affiliates around the nation, as well as several other countries.
Community Health Centers
Through a series of collaborations that began in the 1970s, the New England College of Optometry Clinical Network has become the national leader in health center-based vision programs. Today our doctors and students provide service and best practice support in over 14 community health centers in the Greater Boston area.
Current health centers include:
- Charles River Community Health
- Codman Square Health Center
- The Dimock Center
- DOT House Health
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
- Fenway Community Health Center
- Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center
- Holyoke Health Center
- Lynn Community Health Center
- Martha Eliot Health Center
- North End Waterfront Health
- South Boston Community Health Center
- South End Community Health Center
- Upham's Comer Health Center
Academic Medical Centers
NECO Clinical Network doctors and NECO students provide care and staffing support at local prestigious teaching hospitals in departments such as pediatrics and ophthalmology.
Current hospital-based programs include:
- Department of Ophthalmology, Boston Medical Center
- Tufts Medical Center – Floating Hospital for Children
VA Medical Centers
NECO Clinical Network doctors and NECO students provide care and services at VA hospitals in the Boston area as well as throughout the country. New England College of Optometry has formed a strong collaborative relationship with VA hospitals over the past 30 years through as strong residency and clinical program within the VA setting. Nearly a decade after community health centers began sprouting up around the country, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) established the VA Optometry Service and transferred optometrist from the civil services to the physician-dentist personnel system. Today, optometry students train with NECO Clinical Network doctors and provide care to patients with a wide range of eye and vision problems such as multiple complex ocular and systemic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and neurological and cardiac disease.