Matt Valdes, OD, FAAO
Associate Professor
University of the Incarnate Word
Matt Valdes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2007, his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2011 from the University of Houston, College of Optometry and completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at the same institution, the following year. He joined the University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry, faculty in 2012. As an associate professor, he has assisted in the development of various didactic courses and is also a clinical preceptor for 3rd and 4th year interns.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Background To be prepared for the ever-changing healthcare environment, provide safe practice in interprofessional teams, and solve unique and complex problems, healthcare providers need to be adaptive learners prepared for future learning, and develop adaptive expertise.1,2 Adaptive expertise is the ability to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems with flexibility, innovation, and creativity.2,3,4 Health professions educators must be prepared to develop master adaptive learners. Student run pro bono clinics (SRPBC) are an important component of the US healthcare system, providing care for…