A CUMBERNAULD student is gaining international recognition for his work in optometry – before he has even received his postgraduate qualification.
High flyer Marcello Leucci (28) from Greenfaulds has been studying at Aston University in Birmingham – which has good reason to be proud of this dynamic young specialist.
For the former St Maurice’s High School pupil has been recognised by the World Council of Optometry for the work he has done in providing online educational resources to practioners in the Third World.
He recently received an award from the council during their recent congress in Ethiopia as a means of acknowledging his endeavours to promote eye care.
Marcello spent his undergraduate degree years building websites to increase the profile of optometry in the UK but expanded this to include Continuous Educational Traninig for optometrists in Tanazania
Due to its further development it is now used by members from countries all over the globe including Sudan, Kenya and Australia.
The website, www.toatraining.com, continues to be developed by Marcello and attracts members from an increasing number of countries across the world.
Marcello said: “The site caters for the Continuing Professional Development requirements for 25 countries and that number is growing all the time.
“It’s very rewarding. To be honest it started as something to make my CV stand out, but it’s actually helping a lot of people – something that needed to be done,” he added.
His desire to help his fellow students and professionals isn’t exclusively for overseas practitioners, with another of his websites, www.opsocuk.com, seeking to improve communication between students from universities across the UK.
The resource features networking tools for current students, clinical articles and study skills advice, as well as advice for prospective students on how to apply for courses.
It has a forum and chat facility where students across the country can share advice and tips.
“It was set up because it was something that just wasn’t available.
“The idea is that you can share knowledge and look at other optical societies and find out what they do,” said Marcello.
Now there is a fresh accolade for Marcello who was shortlisted to the final three in the Optometry Student of the Year, after Aston University selected him as their candidate For more see www.optometry.co.uk/awards