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April 2021: Emily Shtull

The Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS) is pleased to announce the Student Doctor of the Month for April 2021, Emily Shtull!

Emily Shtull is in her 4th year at State University of New York, College of Optometry, in New York City. Emily is originally from Montreal and earned a B.Sc. majoring in Biology and minoring in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences in 2017, at McGill University. Her impressive academic performance was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award in Biosciences.

Emily has a longstanding interest in vision health care and was part of both optometric and ophthalmic practices throughout her undergraduate career. However, she also dedicated her time to one-on-one mentoring for youth with learning or physical disabilities during her time at McGill. Emily’s compassion did not diminish during her professional school career. She continued to involve herself with student volunteering as a vision screener and as a Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) member for 3 years at SUNY. Even during the recent pandemic, Emily invested 6 months into her broader New York community as a phone bank volunteer with New York Cares, performing wellness checks for the city’s vulnerable residents. Emily’s leadership and academic performance at SUNY has also been exemplary. Emily was the recipient of the VSP/AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarship in 2020. She is also part of the AOA+ Leadership Society and was previously the President of the CAOS - SUNY Chapter for 2 years, as well as the president of the Student Optometric Association for Private Practice (SOAPP) at SUNY. She is currently the co-president of SOLutioN Optometry, which plans and coordinates inter-institutional student conferences.

Outside of the clinic, Emily enjoys cooking, hockey, snowboarding, and is eager to travel the world again when it is safe to do so. Emily is bilingual in English and French and now has a basic proficiency in Spanish. She looks forward to continuing her professional optometric journey with a residency in Ocular Disease or Primary Care.


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