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Offering advanced competency in Cornea and Contact Lens Management through education, scholarship, and patient care.
PROGRAM SITES: Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute, Professional Eye Care Center & University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois
RESIDENCY DIRECTOR: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
PROGRAM DATES: The residency is a 53-week program beginning the first Monday in July. This time frame ensures overlap with current residents to provide an orientation period.
This fully accredited (ACOE) one-year program focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex corneal, anterior segment and contact lens related conditions. The Resident will gain experience in patient care and teaching. This unique Residency offers clinical experience in three types of settings; private practice, hospital and educational centers. Clinical assignments include direct care and precepting responsibilities in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence, the Center for Advanced Ophthalmic Care and Emergency Services at the Illinois Eye Institute, which is ICO's primary clinical teaching facility. Clinical work in a private practice setting includes primary care and contact lens care. Cornea and anterior segment plus pre and postoperative management are provided in conjunction with the University Of Chicago Department Of Ophthalmology. Throughout the program, particular emphasis is on the diagnosis and management of corneal and anterior segment pathology, and the fitting of specialty contact lenses including keratoconic, bifocal, toric and post-op fittings. Opportunities for research development and individualization of the program exist. This challenging program is designed to enable the resident to develop and cultivate advanced clinical competency in cornea and contact lens management.
Illinois Eye Institute
The Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) is a multi-specialty eye center serving patients form the Chicago metropolitan region. Over 98,000 patient visits are registered annually. IEI is a division of the Illinois College of Optometry and is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Chicago. In addition to primary eye care, comprehensive subspecialty eye care is available in all areas of ophthalmic care. IEI serves as a center for clinical research involving many eye and vision problems, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cornea and contact lenses and pediatric eye disorders.
Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence
At the Illinois Eye Institute, we have a staff of practitioners specializing in cornea and contact lenses, dedicated to providing comprehensive services that yield successful wear. In addition, corneal pathology consultative services are provided. Our status as a teaching institution ensures that we are equipped with the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and an extensive inventory of contact lenses and lens care solutions.
The residency will enhance skills in the diagnosis and management of complex cornea/contact lens patients such as keratoconic, presbyopic, ortho-keratology, astigmatic, post surgical, anterior segment disease, and urgent care patients. The Resident will develop/enhance skills of an advanced diagnostic nature with Corneal topography, Endothelial cell studies, Corneal pachymetry, A-scan and B-scan ultrasonography and Anterior segment photography.
In a typical week, the resident participates in the following activities. The resident is expected to spend at least 44 hours/week doing residency activities. The times listed are approximations and are subject to change:
- Private practice: direct care (9 hours)
- Advanced care: anterior segment (4.5 hours)
- Contact lenses: direct care, precepting (11.5 hours)
- Hospital clinic: observation, interaction (5 hours)
- Educational rounds (4 hours)
- Research development (4 hours)
- Consultation (2 hours)
The resident is required to complete a literature review, research study or case report of publishable quality during the course of the residency. It is recommended that the project be presented at academic meetings, or published in a refereed journal.
The resident attends and participates in regularly scheduled conferences that take place at the Illinois College of Optometry. An on campus educational training session taught by education experts helps the resident develop skills as a clinical educator. In addition, this course aids the resident in the development of skills needed to give effective presentations. The resident is allowed 5 days of educational leave for meetings such as the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association and regional specialization meetings.
Residency Supervision/ Evaluation Process
The resident is supervised by the faculty in each clinic. Increasing autonomy develops as the residency progresses. The resident receives three evaluations in addition to general feedback from their supervisor. The area supervisor develops the resident's schedule on a quarterly basis. Grand rounds presentations given three times a year are evaluated by the entire faculty. A summary report is generated by the Residency Coordinator and is then forwarded and discussed with the resident.
The resident will meet on a regular basis with the Residency Coordinator during the course of the year to provide guidance throughout the program and enhance the clinical experience. The resident is also asked to evaluate their residency experience at the completion of the program.
Salary and Benefits
The resident's salary is $38,100 pro-rated for 53 weeks.
Benefits eligibility to participate in group medical and dental insurance with a prescription card, and professional liability insurance for eye care provided at the Illinois Eye Institute and its affiliated clinics. Group term life and disability insurance is also provided. Additional benefits include: one week of personal vacation, five days academic leave, as well as holiday time when the Illinois Eye Institute is closed.
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Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Providing Advanced Competency Training in Binocular Vision and Pediatric Optometry through Education, Scholarship and Patient Care
PROGRAM SITE: Illinois Eye Institute, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Christine Allison, OD, FAAO, FCOVD (email: email@example.com)
RESIDENCY DIRECTOR: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2
PROGRAM DATES: Accredited, 1 year program (53 weeks): July 1, 2012 – July 7, 2013
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:
This program provides advanced clinical experience in binocular vision and pediatric optometry. The residency offers a special opportunity to develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the following: strabismus and amblyopia; non-strabismic binocular vision, accommodative, and ocular motility disorders; visually-related learning problems; and vision care for infants, children, head trauma patients, and those with special needs. The program is designed to provide the resident with intensive clinical training and experience through participation in both patient care and didactic activities. The resident has an opportunity to provide vision care to a large number of patients from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Other responsibilities include supervising students in clinic, giving grand rounds presentations, attending the weekly Resident Seminar, completing a research project or case report of publishable quality, and clinical rotations in specialty advanced-care clinics and the Emergency Service at the Illinois Eye Institute. The program is flexible and may be adapted to the resident's particular needs and interests.
- Direct patient care in the Binocular Vision & Pediatric Service.
- Supervision of fourth year optometry students.
- Direct patient care in the Emergency Service.
- Co-management of cases with ophthalmology and other health care providers.
- Literature review and clinical research.
- Weekly seminar and case discussions with senior faculty.
- Opportunity to provide some pediatric low vision services.
RESEARCH RESPONSIBILITIES: Required (one or the other)
- A completed research project of publishable quality.
- Literature review or case report of publishable quality.
CRITERIA FOR COMPLETION
- Attendance at all clinical assignments
- Attendance and participation in all scheduled conferences.
- Submission of a paper of publishable quality.
- Successful completion of all learning objectives.
CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS IN HOURS: 40 - 45 hours per week
- Medical and dental insurance; prescription card (monthly fee to participate)
- Professional liability insurance
- 1 week paid vacation
- 5 days for continuing education / meetings
- Group term life insurance
- Disability insurance
For more information:
Christine Allison, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
ICO professor and AOA spokesperson Geoffrey Goodfellow, OD, on computer screens and children's visionTuesday, 07 August 2012 17:21
Filling a Need
The Illinois College of Optometry is proud to announce the founding of the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging, a unique new resource devoted to the vision care needs of the aging population.
The Center within the Illinois Eye Institute honors an ICO icon, Dr. Alfred Rosenbloom, and his wife, Sarah. Dr. Rosenbloom, a 1948 graduate, served as dean of ICO from 1955 to 1972, president from 1972 to 1982, and remains a distinguished professor emeritus. He was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2010, and continues to be a leader in the optometric profession. In addition to his leadership roles at the College, Dr. Rosenbloom has been a pioneer in low-vision rehabilitation. In 1957, he was one of the founders of the first low-vision service at the Chicago Lighthouse. This organization has become one of the most comprehensive social service agencies in the United States. Dr. Rosenbloom was recently honored by being appointed to the prestigious Donald Krumrey Chair in Low Vision at the Chicago Lighthouse.
“The over-8o population is growing four times faster than any other segment of the population,” Dr. Rosenbloom says. “ICO’s reputation in terms of current and future education offers the opportunity to elevate standards and raise awareness for providing professional vision care to this age group. This may lead in time to the development of a Geriatric Care Patient Service Model, including care for many underserved individuals in assisted living facilities and in nursing homes.”
The Rosenbloom Center was announced during the ICO and Illinois Optometric Association Open House on June 29. The phased implementation begins immediately and will ultimately have four essential functions:
• Promote increased knowledge and understanding of the inter-relatedness of aging and vision care for optometry students and practitioners
• Develop programs that reach out to underserved and minority communities, and older adults in and around Chicago, by providing vision care, counseling and support services
• Develop ongoing relationships with selected geriatric care facilities (assisted living and nursing home facilities) in the Chicago area for education and patient care services
• Sponsor vision-related geriatric research
“ICO is unique in having the faculty and the resources to establish what I would consider a model Center on vision and aging,” Dr. Rosenbloom says. “As far as I know, there is no other vision care agency or facility that can establish a Center like this with experienced faculty to administer the important goals of the Center.”
The Center’s reach will stretch far beyond the Chicago area, he says. ICO students will have the opportunity to work with aging patients through the Center, and then take that unique knowledge wherever they establish a practice after graduation.
ICO President Arol Augsburger, OD, says the Center is an exciting addition to ICO.
“To have a prominent ICO alumnus and his wife – and a former president of ICO – make such a significant leadership gift to ICO is transforming for the institution,” he says. “ICO will soon be the only optometric institution with a Center on Vision and Aging. This will emphasize and highlight our leadership position in optometry.”
Read more about the Rosenbloom Center's new service chief, Eric Bass OD, FAAO, by clicking here.
The Illinois College of Optometry congratulates Stephen H. Pugh, a member of the ICO Board of Trustees, on being selected the recipient of the 15th Annual Jefferson Fordham, Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. "Stephen is a worthy recipient of this honor and a valued member of the ICO Board of Trustees," said ICO President Arol Augsburger, OD. "On behalf of the ICO community, we extend our congratulations on this well deserved accomplishment." The Jefferson Fordham Award recognizes excellence within the area of state and local government law over a lifetime of achievement. Pugh will receive the award on August 3 at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.
July 17, 2012 (CHICAGO) — The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric A. Baas, OD, FAAO, to the position of service chief for the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center for Vision and Aging at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Baas will also serve as a full-time faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry. He will begin his new roles on September 17. Until then, he will continue as an assistant clinical instructor at ICO, a position he has held since 2007. Dr. Baas is also the owner of Marketplace Vision, a private practice in Chicago.
“Dr. Baas is well trained in the facets of eye disease as it relates to geriatric populations,” said Dr. Leonard Messner, executive director and vice president for patient care services at the Illinois Eye Institute. “Additionally, he has significant experience within the low vision arena. So he is somewhat of a unique provider in that he bridges the spectrum of primary eye care to the geriatric population with cognizance of the low vision options that are available to partially sighted individuals.”
As service chief for the Rosenbloom Center, Dr. Baas will be responsible for all clinical practice activities at the Center, as well as for all of the College’s service-related educational activities. Other responsibilities of the position include developing the Center’s marketing plan, managing quality assurance and compliance issues, and creating a continuing education geriatric program.
“As a fourth year student, I knew that I ultimately wanted to return to ICO in a role that allowed me to have the greatest and most influential impact on students, fellow faculty, and patients alike,” says Dr. Baas. “This exciting new position represents an ideal combination of clinical practice management and education, all the while paying tribute to, and continuing the legacy of, a true pioneer and role model in our profession.”
The Rosenbloom Center will ultimately have four essential functions: to promote optometry students’ and practitioners’ increased knowledge and understanding of the inter-relatedness of aging and vision care; to provide vision care, counseling and support services for older adults and underserved communities in and around Chicago; to develop ongoing relationships with selected geriatric care facilities in the Chicago area for education and patient care services; and to sponsor vision-related geriatric research.
About the Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute
The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), founded in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin, provides excellence in optometric clinical education and is one of the world's leading optometric institutions. Located in Chicago, ICO has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility in the world dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. The Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) is the clinical division of ICO. With over 95,000 annual visits, the IEI is the largest eye care provider in Chicago. For more information about the Illinois College of Optometry, visit www.ico.edu.