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We wanted to start the new year off right with some new year's good vibes. Kylie Donohue and boyfriend Hugh Burke recently co-wrote a children’s book called “The Way We Play.” All proceeds will go to a nonprofit called Open Hearts Big Dreams which works to increase the child literacy rate in Ethiopia.
If you weren't able to tune into our live webinar, we wanted to let you know that it's still available on our YouTube channel! Watch this informational webinar featuring a Q&A session with four ICO students from Years 1 - 3. We'll cover everything from living in the Residential Complex to working on unique cases in the clinic.
We wanted to end this week on a positive note. Today we continue to celebrate our long-standing partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health by welcoming 12 CPS students to our pediatrics unit. These students had full eye exams and picked out glasses. It was great to see both their excitement for their new glasses and for the IEI equipment.
Thanks to our students and staff for helping out, and thanks to the CPS students for stopping by! You're welcome anytime.
As the oldest optometry school in the nation, we have the largest alumni base of any optometry school. Our alumni understand just how different ICO's clinical education is and how that education makes you a better doctor.
We try to get students and alumni to connect as often as possible, starting even before you arrive on campus. Our next webinar (Feb 15) will be all about alumni and their experience at ICO.
In case you missed it, this month ICO had the privilege of collaborating with our very own NOSA and BSU to celebrate and promote local black-owned businesses by hosting our first-ever Black History Month Expo!
At ICO, we pride ourselves on providing students with the opportunity to not only study optometry, but to actively gain valuable experience in the field, through our world-class clinical facilities and extensive clinical program.
In this webinar (recorded 03/15/23) Dr. Erik Mothersbaugh, Dr. Jaymeni Patel, and Dr. Anne Rozwat sat down to answer questions and have an in-depth discussion about ICO's clinical program, what applicants can expect, and how ICO provides students a unique advantage.
Today's an important one at ICO, as our third-year students are entering their first NBEO exam. We've seen how hard you've all been studying and know you'll make us and yourselves proud. Good luck, everyone—you've got this!
At ICO, we take pride in our field. We don't just believe that eye care is a human right; we believe in providing care that supports our community.
So we found it only appropriate that we take a moment to highlight: what we do, how we do it, and why we believe more people should get involved in one of the world's fastest-growing healthcare professions.
The best thing about studying in Chicago? The whole city is your campus! Chicago has so much diversity—of people, culture and... seasons! Spring is a great time to get out and about, and if you want to see something seasonally exclusive, you should go check out the cherry blossoms in Jackson Park. You can also stop by the iconic Museum of Science and Industry (one of the few remaining buildings from the World's Columbian Exhibition) while you're there!
We're pleased to announce that, starting Wednesday through Friday, ICO Class of 2023's Kashifa Ansari will be taking over our Instagram. She'll be giving us a glimpse into her life as a practicing Muslim and optometry student while she prepares for Eid al-Fir and the end of Ramadan.
We'd like to thank @futuredr.k.ansari for taking time out of her busy schedule to personally share her experiences and for helping us to highlight this culturally significant week.
Time flies when you're learning about eyes. We can't believe it's already been a week since Dr. Eric Harris invited students from the Chicago Scholars program to ICO for his second 'Pre-health Professions Crash Course' event! Alongside guest speakers, Dr. Harris hosted a series of lectures, Q&As and clinical workshops to offer attendees a chance to explore optometry and various other health professions while considering their future.
In case you missed it: last night saw us host the official opening of ICO's very own student hangout—The Blindspot! We had a fantastic turnout, with over 90 students stopping by to grab some food and drinks while checking out the newly renovated space!
We want to give a huge thanks to ICO’s Queer Eye Club (who not only hosted the event, but were instrumental in pushing for this change), the Jens family for their amazingly generous donation and to a group of Class of '86 grads for donating a Sonos sound system that is sure to set the mood for many gatherings to come!
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day! ICO gratefully recognizes the lasting contributions and tireless efforts of all our faculty and residents. Show your appreciation or say thanks to a teacher that has impacted your life in the comments below. #teacherappreciationday