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Dr. Block followed in her father’s footsteps and in 1981 received her optometry degree from ICO, after which she completed a pediatric residency. She has built her 30-plus-year career at ICO around education, primary eye care for children of all ages and public health. Dr. Block has been a consultant to the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program since 1995 and has been instrumental is developing its vision screening program, the reach of which extends globally. She is a Fellow and has achieved the level of Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Optometry at the AAO, as well as a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Visual Development.
November 2013 CE Documents
Due to the large size of the PDF files, allow for several minutes to print
- Sunday, November 3rd Handouts (pdf, 43MB)
- Sunday, November 3rd Handouts(printer friendly)(pdf, 4MB)
- Monday, November 4th Handouts (pdf 18MB)
- Monday, November 4th Handouts (printer friendly(pdf, 5MB)
Homecoming 2013 CE Documents
The Illinois College of Optometry’s board of trustees has elected Donovan L. Crouch, OD, FAAO, of Storm Lake, Iowa, as chairman. A 1963 graduate of ICO, Dr. Crouch has been a board member for 11 years and succeeds Dr. Richard S. Kattouf, who served in the role for six years. As chairman, Dr. Crouch will serve a one-year term and lead the college’s governing board, which is comprised of 20 members with varied backgrounds in education, healthcare, business and community leadership.
"We have a great board of trustees and a new five-year strategic plan to follow, so I am excited and look forward to the challenge,” said Dr. Crouch. “With everyone's help we will be able to fulfill ICO’s mission."
Dr. Crouch is a 50-year private practice optometrist with a longstanding affinity for the college. He is actively involved with other organizations and boards such as the Iowa Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Foundation, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, North Central States Optometric Council and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Crouch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has been honored with numerous awards, including OD of the Year from the IOA and ICO’s Lifetime Service Award and Presidential Medal of Honor.
Associated Eye Care’s optometric residency program provides advanced training and experience in the treatment of ocular disease through patient care, clinical research, education and scholarship in an integrated eye care model.
PROGRAM SITES: Associated Eye Care, Stillwater, Minn.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Jacob R. Lang, OD; Stephen Lane, MD; Evan Ballard, MD; Mary Bower
RESIDENCY DIRECTOR: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
PROGRAM DATES: The program begins in July of each year and runs for 54 weeks. An orientation is provided in the first week of the program.
This post-graduate residency program is offered by AEC in Minnesota, an affiliate of ICO. The goal of this program is to provide advanced clinical training in the treatment of ocular disease, clinical research and surgical co-management and perioperative care, as well as comprehensive care to patients ranging in age from neonatal to geriatric. AEC’s integrated eye care model allows the resident to work in conjunction with both optometrists and ophthalmologists in a fast-paced private clinic that treats the entire spectrum of ocular pathologies. This organization includes a broad range of sub-specialized eye care providers such as pediatric, glaucoma, retina, dry eye, cornea and anterior segment, therapeutic contact lens, as well as refractive laser and cataract specialists. This structure allows us to care for our patient’s “vision for a lifetime.”
There will be after hours on-call time and two clinical projects, such as case reports, are required over the course of the year. Involvement in clinical research will also be required. Residents are invited to lecture and present case reports at resident seminars held in conjunction with ICO as well as local and national optometric conferences.
About Associated Eye Care
AEC is a comprehensive and tertiary eye care practice with optometric, ophthalmologic and optical services including a state of the art surgery center. There are currently five optometrists and 10 ophthalmologists at AEC, with sub-specialties in pediatrics, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, retina, anterior segment, oculoplastics and refractive surgery.
AEC utilizes cutting-edge technologies including anterior and posterior OCT, HRT, digital photography, automated visual fields, ultrasound biomicroscopy, Nova VEP and specular microscopy. Our dry eye clinic employs advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies such as Lipiview and Lipiflow devices and is an area of focus regarding clinical research. The surgical center is also on the forefront of technology and employs Intralase and excimer refractive lasers, as well as modern cataract technologies including LenSx femtosecond cataract surgery, the ORA system, as well as phakic and multifocal IOLs.
AEC exists to provide high quality, extensive eye care to the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area and to patients of all ages through a multi-specialty, integrated care approach. We treat each patient with respect, dignity, kindness, and compassion and strive to continuously understand their needs and exceed their expectations of quality eye care. We are recognized by patients, primary care physicians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and patients as a leading group of high integrity eye care professionals.
This residency in ocular disease is based in an integrated OD/MD model and is a rigorous 54-week educational experience designed to provide advanced clinical training in the examination, diagnosis and management of a broad scope of ocular conditions and diseases.
- The resident will perform mentored clinical care services to patients with ocular pathologies including, but not limited to, the areas of cornea and anterior segment, vitreous and retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics and pediatrics by utilizing medical management options, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/or post-operative management.
- The resident will also preform comprehensive care of patients including complete eye exams and contact lens fitting.
- The resident will participate in after-hours emergent care.
- The resident will observe surgical techniques including advanced cataract procedures, LASIK and refractive procedures, SLT as well as surgical glaucoma procedures and lid procedures.
- The resident will participate in the clinical research taking place at AEC.
- The resident will be encouraged to present at least one poster or paper.
- The resident will prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.
- The resident will participate in and present at quarterly journal review meetings.
- The resident will participate in local and/or national optometric meetings.
The resident will spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at AEC.
Research and Educational Opportunities
The resident will participate in and attend continuing education events sponsored by AEC as well as attending state and national optometric events. A stipend is provided to help with associated expenses. They will participate in case studies and journal reviews as assigned by AEC staff. Some of the reviews will be in conjunction with the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. The resident will also have access to the ICO the library and communications department.
AEC is a national research center for glaucoma, dry eye, allergy, ocular infection, and ocular inflammation as well as surgical procedures and devices. The residents will participate in these studies throughout the program year and will prepare a research or case project/paper/poster of publishable quality.
Salary and Benefits
- Stipend: $35,000
- Health, dental, basic life & AD&D, supplemental life & AD&D, long-term disability and flex
- Paid leave–PTO/CE: 10 days and compensated professional meeting time is granted.
- Holidays: All standard holidays as recognized by AEC
- CE reimbursement: $1,000 for certain CE events approved by AEC
- License & malpractice insurance: Paid for the duration of the residency
The application deadline is February 1 of the year desired. Applicants must include a letter of intent, transcripts, NBEO scores (typically supplied by ORMS; applicants are encouraged to take Part III boards before January so that results can be included in the application), and two letters of recommendation.
For more information:
Jacob Lang, OD, FAAO
2950 Curve Crest Blvd.
Stillwater, MN 55082
In partnership with the Allergan Foundation, the Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute are hosting an InfantSEE event Friday, Sept. 6 to educate the public on eye and vision health in infants, particularly on the importance of early detection and treatment. Early detection is imperative in treating and preventing vision problems in infants and children, yet fewer than one in five infants receive a first-year eye assessment.
This event features a special appearance by actor, singer, composer, writer and producer Tom Sullivan, who has been blind since infancy. After graduating first in his class at Harvard, Sullivan appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson more than 60 times, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1976 Super Bowl and competed in triathlons. His acting credits include appearances on such TV shows as "Touched by an Angel," "Designing Women," "Fame" and "M*A*S*H."
The itinerary for this event is as follows:
Registration and refreshments in the Lecture Center foyer and Library
Songs, stories and challenges by Tom Sullivan in the Lecture Center. There will also be a raffle featuring a $100 Visa gift card, a Kindle Fire and an iPad (winners must be present).
Reception with food, beer and wine in the Library
The InfantSEE program provides no-cost eye and vision assessments for infants between the ages of six and 12 months, regardless of family income or access to insurance. Managed by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness and to improve children's quality of life.
“We hope the addition of vision and eye care services makes it easier for residents to access the care and treatment needed to maintain good eye health,” said Dr. Eric A. Baas, Chief of the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging at IEI. “The IEI clinic at Stickney is an extension of our community outreach program and is there to provide comprehensive eye care for adults and children of all ages.”
Leaders from the IEI and the Illinois College of Optometry, including ICO president Dr. Arol Augsburger, joined Stickney Township Supervisor and Stickney Public Health District Board President Louis S. Viverito and his team to celebrate the opening of new eye clinic, which began seeing patients in late July. The IEI at Stickney Township Medical Center will be open on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (708) 424-9200.
Why does the college have bond debt?
Well, ICO was founded over 140 years ago, and over the years, the college and its facilities have required some improvements and expansions. The debt was incurred to keep pace with what has been needed to support a very competitive program.
Why is now a good time to refinance?
With interest rates at historical lows, this will allow the institution to maintain a low fixed rate, especially as rates are anticipated to rise in the future.
When people hear the word “debt” it tends to have a negative connotation; can debt be a positive thing for an institution?
It might be surprising, but most institutions carry some level of debt for making improvements to their facilities. The college’s bonds have allowed us to use the operating funds for just that, the operation of the program, while still being able to modernize the facilities.
What does this mean for ICO’s bottom line in the short term and in the long term?
Simply, it means good things for the institution. It ensures the institutions’ financial short term viability and long term stability.
Why should students, faculty, staff, alumni care that ICO has refinanced its debt?
I think all of our stakeholders should know that their institution is a good steward of its resources. Our goal is to make sure the college is financially healthy both in the short term and the long term.