A message from the dean
IUSO provides a premier learning and training environment. Our faculty have developed an innovative curriculum that blends lecture, flipped classroom, problem-based learning, and online approaches that maximize learning efficiency along with interprofessional learning experiences with medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy students.
Our clinics in Bloomington and Indianapolis use state-of-the-art technology and provide diverse experiences that are complemented by the many local, national, and global outreach experiences that care for the underserved.
IU was one of the first optometry schools to use externships in the 1970s. As a result we have a long and very robust set of fourth-year rotation opportunities. IUSO externs are in great demand, which explains why we have a waiting list of extern sites that want to join IUSO.
However, the most important part of a school is the faculty. Basic science courses at IUSO are taught by Professors who are at the cutting edge of research in vision science and are well-funded by Federal and Industry sources and can provide research experiences for the interested optometry student. Our clinical faculty are recognized nationally for their knowledge, teaching, outreach efforts, and clinical research. Inspiring students to provide what is best for the patient is a role that our faculty relish. This is reflected in the large proportion of graduates who go on to do advanced residencies. As a result, IUSO alumni are leaders in their local community, state, and national organizations.
Come for a visit and check out the IUSO vibe, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Joe Bonanno
- Professor and Dean