The Illinois Optometric Association's 2019 convention was held in Itasca, IL. ICO students, faculty, and staff attended in abundance to represent our institution. This event is becoming increasingly popular with students. Over 100 aspiring ODs from multiple schools were treated to a separate educational track of programming. Topics for students included patient communication, practice management, and leadership.
Regarding the upcoming year, IOA Executive Director Leann Vanausdoll noted that telemedicine is a key area of attention for the profession in 2019 and beyond. Attendees enjoyed two nights of live music performances, including an all-optometrist rock band.
Additional ICO highlights:
Matt Jones, OD ’08, became IOA President-Elect. He will succeed Dr. Tina Funk.
Mark Burke, OD ’10, was honored as Young Optometrist of the Year.
Al Hein, OD ’87, was named the Tom Lawless Keyperson of the Year.
D. R. Gordon, OD ’71, received the President’s Award.
Thank you to all members of the ICO family who attend events like these. Your participation keeps the optometry advancing forward and assures that ICO it at the forefront of the profession!