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Upon completing his bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Baas received his optometric and residency training at ICO, where he has been a part-time faculty member since 2007. In 2009 Dr. Baas founded Marketplace Vision, a private practice, where he continues to see patients and manage the office. He is active with the IEI Sports Vision Service conducting vision screenings and providing care for collegiate and professional athletes in the Chicago area. Dr. Baas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has lectured on numerous topics in practice management.
Ever since I was a student at ICO I knew that I wanted to return as a full-time faculty member. The clinical education is unrivaled and the faculty, staff and administration work as a cohesive unit to ensure that every single student is provided the tools they need to become a successful optometrist. My current position allows me to utilize both my clinical and administrative skills in an academic setting and I am excited to be a part of the ICO/IEI team.
Illinois College of Optometry Faculty First to be Elected President of Illinois Optometric AssociationThursday, 27 September 2012 17:10
September 27, 2012 (CHICAGO) — Illinois College of Optometry faculty member Geoffrey Goodfellow, OD, will be installed as the president of the Illinois Optometric Association at its annual convention in Springfield. Dr. Goodfellow will take the reins of the state association from Oak Lawn native Sandra Bury, OD, on Saturday. He follows the path of many ICO alumni but is the first full-time faculty member chosen to lead the association.
“Illinois is a strong optometric state, and I’m looking forward to playing a continued role in its successes,” says Dr. Goodfellow, who previously held the positions of vice president and president of the IOA’s local society at ICO, and served as the IOA’s education trustee for six years. “ICO has had lots of alumni throughout the state serve as IOA president, but we’ve never had a faculty member that has been in this position, so it’s exciting for the college.”
During his tenure as IOA president, one of Dr. Goodfellow’s primary goals is to breathe new life into the organization’s committees, thereby getting more members involved.
“There are still some committees that are pretty active, but others, for one reason or another, fell into disuse,” he says. “I’ve worked hard with the other trustees and with the IOA office to try to resurrect the committee structure again. We particularly want to involve the local society presidents from around the state and have them each serve on a committee and move action items forward. With any organization, the more you can get people involved, the better the organization is.”
For more information about Dr. Goodfellow, view his biography.
Dear Dr. Tulenko,
I am writing as President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), the academic leadership organization representing the twenty-one accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Our member institutions educate and train the nation’s Doctors of Optometry. This letter is to take issue with several comments pertaining to optometry and health professions education made in your September 13, 2012, New York Times Op-Ed, “America’s Health Worker Mismatch.”
You refer to Doctors of Optometry as “therapists” and the profession as guilty of “credential creep.” The educational requirements for the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree involve the completion of an accredited four-year post-baccalaureate professional doctoral program and have for more than 50 years. Indeed, doctors of optometry provide roughly two thirds of all eye care delivered in the United States. The construct of “credential creep” was inappropriately applied.
Erroneous facts notwithstanding, the effort to stimulate discussion of the challenge of meeting the country’s health care needs and developing a strong and properly deployed workforce is laudable. The Op-Ed’s emphasis upon caring for underserved populations both here and abroad is equally so. However, I believe that you confuse symptoms (credential creep) with solutions and mistakenly focus blame upon schools of the health professions.
While the central theme of the Op-Ed is the negative impact of migration by health professionals out of developing countries, you appear to sweep many non-MD providers in the United States along with your logic. You seem to infer that it is undesirable for non-MD providers (credential creep) to acquire the skills to render higher level care and that the solution is simply to expand enrollment in US Medical Schools. Doctors of Optometry, as well as other doctoral health care professionals including dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, and others, have been rendering care for many years and yes, in many cases help to compensate for a shortage of primary care physicians. The quality of patient care outcomes by these providers has historically been high and I would suggest that rather than being a symptom of the problem, they are a part of the solution for meeting an increasing demand for health care in this country. The same may be said for the enhanced use and expanded privileging of ancillary personnel.
The effort to place the blame on health professions education programs for not simply expanding enrollment disregards a decades-long trend of decreasing public support for higher education in general and health care provider education in particular. Indeed, the reduction in public support has shifted escalating costs in health care and education onto the backs of students in the form of tuition. The high cost and high debt frequently dissuades well-qualified candidates from applying. It is often not a question of whether programs want to expand, but rather whether they can afford to. Notably, in spite of reduced public support, there has in fact been an expansion in the number of health professions programs in the United States over the past decade.
Finally, I would also share that Doctors of Optometry must be licensed by the state board of the state in which they wish to practice. All states either accept or require passage of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination or a combination of the national exam and a state-administered examination for licensure. Only graduates of the 21 schools and colleges of optometry in the U.S. and the two in Canada meet the accreditation criteria to be licensed in the United States. By lumping together health professions schools from a multitude of disciplines together and stating that “The same licensing system actually favors foreign-trained workers, who for various reasons, do not meet these degree requirements”, is untrue and misleading to your readers.
ASCO appreciates the opportunity to set the record straight regarding the applicability of the conclusions reached in your Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.
David. A. Heath, O.D., ED.M.
cc: Thomas Feyer, Letters Editor
New York Times
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Charles Kinnaird, OD
RESIDENCY DIRECTOR: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
NUMBER OF POSTIONS: 3
PROGRAM DATES: July 1-June 30
Our program offers extensive exposure to the management of ocular disease ranging from medical / surgical through and including low vision rehabilitation. JBVAMC is affiliated with the Illinois College of Optometry and the University of Illinois Medical School.
The ocular disease program at Jesse Brown is located in a joint optometry/ophthalmology eye clinic with shared facilities and equipment. The clinic has twelve general examining rooms, two visual field rooms with threshold and kinetic instruments, a minor suite for surgery, laser (argon & krypton, YAG, SLT) rooms, photogra¬phy room, electrodiagnosis / ultrasonography & retinal topography suite, eye library, offices, and a conference room. Full scope optometric and ophthalmologic ser¬vices are provided by seven O.D.’s, three VA opto¬metry residents, four optometry students, seven attending ophthalmologists, two ophthalmology fellows, three ophthalmology residents, and consulting ophthalmology professors from the University of Illinois, Dept. of Ophthalmology. Residents provide routine eye examinations, visual field interpretation, ultrasonography, complete digital imaging (including OCT, digital fluorescein angiography and fundus photography), experience with ocular prostheses, and ultrasonography (both posterior segment as well as UBM). Residents gain contact lenses experience with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, aphakia, corneal trauma, s/p PKP, s/p PRK or LASIK and anisometropia , and have access to a variety of gas permeable, hybrid and soft lens diagnostic fitting sets including: Synergeyes KC, A and Clearkone, Dynaintralimbal standard and post-graft, Rose K and Rose K 2, Soper, Cooper Prosthetic and Aphakic lenses, and standard RGP, bitoric and reverse geo lens kits with extensive parameters and power availability.
The low vision part of the program at Hines Hospital is located in the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center. There the optometry residents func¬tion to direct the clinical low vision services that are offered to veterans. It is based on a multidisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation, where veterans are provided train¬ing with the intent of allowing adjustment to disability and reentry into community life. In addition to the inpatient services an Outpatient Clinic provides low vision rehabilitation services for both partially sighted and legally blind veterans located in the Chicago area.
Clinical conferences, seminars, and rounds take place at JBVAMC, University of Illinois Dept. of Ophthalmology, and the Illinois Eye Institute at the Illinois College of Optometry. The resident is expected to attend weekly optometric conferences at JBVAMC, and participates in bi-monthly glaucoma & neuro-ophthalmology rounds, monthly retinal rounds and weekly Grand Rounds at UIC Dept. of Ophthalmology.
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A Lifetime Service Award will be presented to Robert L. Fait, OD, ‘68. He has founded a private practice and several companies, including Genix Pharmaceuticals, Pentech Pharmaceuticals and Eye Care Wisconsin, which contracts vision care to HMO's and IPA's. Since 1982, Dr. Fait has been supporting independent practitioners through Wisconsin Vision Associates, a fully authorized contact lens distributor and buying group that he founded to provide tools to help lower the cost of optical supplies. Dr. Fait is a member of ICO's Board of Trustees and has served in many other leadership positions throughout his career, including nine years on ICO's Alumni Council.
Mark K. Colip, OD, '92, vice president for student, alumni and college development at ICO, will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Colip’s leadership and 20 year commitment to the college has resulted in significant improvements including a highly selective admissions process, superior retention rates, expanded student life amenities and scholarships, and the establishment of ICO's Communications and Media Center. Most recently he has been instrumental in the achievement of increasingly successful fundraising outcomes which will benefit the program for years to come.
The Young Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, ‘04. He is the president and owner of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, in Tampa, Florida, as well as a leading voice in optometry on topics including social media and practice management. Dr. Bonilla-Warford is also a member of the social media committee of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and is chair of the Florida Optometric Association's Children's Vision Committee.
The Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Leonard V. Messner, OD, FAAO, a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Messner is the vice president for patient care services at ICO and executive director of the Illinois Eye Institute. As a professor at ICO, Dr. Messner has been awarded Teacher of the Year by students each year for the last 18 years. He is considered an expert in the areas of retina-vitreous and neuro-ophthalmic disorders and, as such, has authored numerous professional pieces and lectured across the world.
Millicent L. Knight, OD ’87 will receive the Professional Achievement Award. She is the owner of North Shore Eye Center and Integrative Eye & Wellness Centers, both located in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Knight was selected as the Key Legislative Person of the Year award in 2006 and the Optometrist of the Year award in 2011 by the Illinois Optometric Association. She has served on the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institutes, on the Illinois Licensing and Disciplinary Committee of the Illinois State Board, and served 12 years on ICO's Board of Trustees. Dr. Knight was recently recognized as one of Vision Monday's "2012 Most Influential Women in Optical" for her mentoring work with students and practitioners.
Casey L. Hogan, OD, FAAO, ‘97 will receive the Humanitarian Award for her service and leadership to enrich the lives of those in her community. Dr. Hogan has served on the board of Special Olympics Chicago for the past six years. She is actively involved in the development and organization of fundraising activities for both Special Olympics and the Chicago Police Memorial Fund. Dr. Hogan also founded the South Michigan Avenue Merchant’s Association and served as its president from 2005-2009.
Alcon will receive the Distinguished Friend Award in recognition of its partnership with ICO, which has helped to support and enhance educational programming and patient care services at the college. As a strategic partner of the college, Alcon has demonstrated outstanding support of continuing education programs and ICO’s Practice Opportunities Symposium, which provides professional resources and networking opportunities for students, faculty and alumni.
Focus on Your Future
July 15-19, 2013
Focus on Your Future is a weeklong program aimed at introducing ICO and the profession of optometry to underrepresented minority undergraduates. Participants will be meet ICO staff, faculty, students and alumni, and get to know the wonderful city of Chicago. The program includes:
- Sample lectures of optometry courses
- Overview of the admissions process
- Career and leadership development
- Clinical exposure
- Student and OD panels
Participants are housed at no charge in ICO's Residential Complex, located across the street from the college. At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
To review last year's program, click here.
Open to underrepresented minorities who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program either in their first, second or third year. We will also accept applications for students who are enrolled in a community college, post-baccalaureate or graduate program. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are only responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation to and from ICO.
We've extendend our application deadline. If you're submitting online, all materials must be in by Monday, April 8. If you're submitting by mail, your application must by postmarked by this date.
Students interested in the program must submit the following:
- Online Application
- Completed application & Pre-Optometry Coursework Sheet
- One page personal statement describing your interest in participating in the program and your motivation to pursue optometry
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- One academic letter from a faculty member or advisor
- Optional: 2x2 photo
Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than Friday, May 3.
For questions about the Focus on Your Future, please contact:
Teisha Johnson, MS
Director of Admissions/Marketing
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616