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See you at SiB2013!

See you at SiB2013!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

Seeing is Believing 2013, the first EVER virtual optometry conference, is taking place tomorrow and Wednesday, January 30 and 31. As an attendee, you get to visit exhibitors and sponsors at their virtual booths, chat with other attendees, and listen to guest speakers all in the comfort of your own home.  And the great thing about it is that registration is free for students!  Apparently, ICO has the most students registered for the event so far, which means that someone from ICO will likely win an iPad.  I also registered to attend, but for a completely different reason (although an iPad would be nice).

The Core Leadership Team for OptometryStudents.com will be present during the conference as guest speakers and as exhibitors. As the site’s director of creative content, I’ll be manning our virtual booth along with other members of the OS team to answer questions on Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. CST.  This will be my very first optometry conference and I’m a little relieved that it’s going to be online. I need to ease myself in, especially when I’ve never attended a conference before (I will be attending at least three more this year, two with the OS team!).

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The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Blogs | 4 comments

Exceptional grades aren’t the only thing I’ve been striving for this past week. I also plan on winning first place in the Amazing Race. “But Scott, that’s a primetime TV show and you have no chance of ever being featured, how could you possibly win it all?!” Unfortunately, I’m well aware that I will never be on TV, unless my infomercial ideas finally find a backer, but that’s a topic for another blog. What I’m talking about now is ICO’s Amazing Race. This is a program put on by the school’s own very own fitness guru and coordinator, Sarah Engle. The premise is that students pair up in teams of two and hit the gym. The exercises done are converted to miles that we then use to travel the world. Different exercises are worth different points–for example, running one mile equals 500 map miles, while one mile on the stationary bike is 150 map miles. As we gain miles, we reach various destinations around the world until we finally reach Chicago again–52,800 miles later. The best part is that you can see your progress on the large map outside the gym; all you have to do is move your game piece the correct number of miles!

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Bowling, anyone?

Bowling, anyone?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

I’ll be the first to admit that it is extremely hard to find the time to do fun stuff with the schedule that we have at ICO. But I also know the importance of taking a break when things feel overwhelming. One of the many things I take advantage of as a healthy time away from books and practicing skills is hanging out with my colleague group. When one arrives at ICO as a first year, s/he is put into a group with a faculty member during the orientation weekend according to the region that they are from. This year, instead of just being a group member, myself and two other second years have had the privilege of leading a group of seven first years from Texas, New York and Wisconsin. Random, I know. Our faculty colleague, Dr. Yi Pang, suspects that it may be due to most of us having multiple places of origin–she’s originally from China and has lived in a variety of places; I’m originally from South Korea and moved to the Dairy State as a teenager. Whatever the reason, we try to get together at least once every quarter and make sure everything is going smoothly for the first years and force ourselves to forget about school for a few hours.

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Cheering for the Bulls

Cheering for the Bulls

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

I attended my first Chicago Bulls game this weekend with a group of friends and colleagues from ICO. Though I’ve lived in Chicago and cheered on the Bulls for years, it wasn’t until Saturday that I actually saw them live at the United Center. The possibility of attending the game came as a perk of living in the ICO’s Residential Complex. Students frequently have the opportunity through the RC to attend fun events together like this Bulls game, Broadway in Chicago theater events like Les Misérables, and comedy shows at the Second City.

About fifty of us received tickets to the game and ventured to the United Center on the CTA Green Line. When we entered the stadium, we trekked all the way up to our seats in section 325. We took our seats and sat down to enjoy a gripping showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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A Very Long Dilation

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

I have my practical in a week from now on performing BIO (binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy), three-mirror gonioscopy, Goldmann tonometry, and 78/90D (biomicroscopic indirect ophthalmoscopy). So like anyone else who has their practical this coming week (half the class), I had to go and sit as a patient, as well as make time to practice on other students. This awesome Monday, I had a pharmacology exam that I had to pull yet another all-nighter to study for (there were about 100 new drugs, and some more old drugs/mechanisms/toxicities/etc. on this exam). I was extremely tired, but I knew I had to practice doing more dilated exams, so my roommate and I decided to go to open lab and just practice on each other before we head home after class. I figured there’s nothing to lose, since it should wear off in a few hours, and I didn’t see my patient until later that evening.

It wasn’t until I was on my way to PCP that I realized my vision was funny. I was dilated for six hours! What was worse, I couldn’t see very well when I was doing my makeup and I ended up looking a little bit awkward (thank goodness my lab partner fixed it for me before too many people noticed). Fortunately, my patient arrived later, and most of my dilation wore off before the patient arrived, and I had my partner there to help me through it.

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