IUSO Conversations

Episode 1: Women in Optometry

Header image showing two IUSO faculty meeting with optometry students and an optometry student working with a young child patient

Our first episode, joined Associate Dean of Students Dr. Kim Kohne, along with IU Alumna Dr. Natalie Katt, optometrist at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates and 3rd year optometry student Mattie Monroe. They explore the paths that brought these accomplished women into optometry, their thoughts on the growing field and discuss what changes they see on the horizon due to the fact the field is becoming more female driven.

Webinar from April 21, 2020

Episode 2: Outreach and Service by IU School of Optometry

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Volunteering around the world, establishing clinics and services in Africa and Jamaica, the IUSO community is dedicated to providing vision care to the underserved while strengthening the clinical skills of our students. 

Join the IU School of Optometry in an online Zoom conversation with Director of Residencies, Dr. Don Lyon, and Chief of Pediatric and Binocular Vision Service, Dr. Katie Connolly, along with 3rd year optometry student Natalie Kurth. We will learn of the motivation that drives these faculty to establish programs and provide much needed eye care in other parts of the world. Also, we’ll learn how the joys of service and lessons learned outside the classroom have bolstered Natalie’s IUSO student experience.

Webinar from May 12, 2020

Episode 3: Diversity in Optometry

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Optometry is one of the fastest growing health professions and that trend is expected to continue. Increasing racial diversity in optometry is an important step in servicing our communities and ensuring that everyone has access to excellent eye care. Minority graduates of IUSO have helped lead the profession in innovation, legislation, & patient care for decades, and will continue to do so in the future.

Join the IU School of Optometry for this important online Zoom conversation with former IU Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multi-Cultural Affairs, Dr. Edwin Marshall, Private Practitioner and retired California State Senator, Dr. Ed Hernandez, and 4th year optometry student Claudia Hernandez, (no relation).

These leaders will share insight from their experience on why minority representation in the profession is important and how it can be cultivated. We will explore how diversity in the field lends to cultural competence and how it leads to better patient care. Many students from under-represented minority groups have called IU School of Optometry home over the years and led accomplished careers once they graduated. Learn about their journeys by attending our 3rd IU School of Optometry Conversation webinar.

Webinar from June 2, 2020

Episode 4: Business of Optometry

Optometry is a healthcare field, but the practice of optometry is becoming a big business! As a profession, Optometry continues to see growth and expansion of practice opportunities, and a new culture of practice management is emerging. Learning to manage a practice, market to new populations, and balance financial challenges are critical for an O.D.’s future success. To prepare our students for these changes, the IUSO has partnered with the Kelley School of Business to offer a Business Management Certificate Program which provides a framework for students to pursue an MBA with Emphasis in the Business of Eye Care.

Listen in as the IUSO Conversations Series discusses the business acumen of an O.D., practice management, the Executive Certificate in the Business of EyeCare. Joining us for the conversation are:

Dr. Todd Peabody, OD, MBA
• IUSO alumnus Dr. Jacob Michael, the first student to earn the Business of EyeCare Certificate and current MBA student
• 3rd year IUSO student Noa Robson, completing the certificate this summer

Webinar from June 16, 2020

Episode 5: IUSO Family: The Power of our Alumni Network

The IU School of Optometry is proud of its over 4200 alumni world-wide. These Visionary Leaders are changing the way the world sees and setting the pace in pushing the profession and practice of eye care forward. Listen in on the next IUSO Conversations Webinar as we reconnect with four young alumni who are already making a difference in their careers. Learn how the IUSO alumni network will set you up for success and support you in your practice!

Alumni joining us for the conversation are:

Webinar from July 21, 2020

Episode 6: Research & the OD/MS Full-Tuition Scholarship

The research at IUSO helps advance the profession forward. Our passionate faculty innovate in the fields of pediatrics, vision therapy, sports vision science, disease and many more. Learn about the exciting work happening in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and how you can get involved.

IUSO is looking for additional students who are excited to pursue studies as both optometrists AND researchers. Along with discussing research at IUSO we'll also examine our new OD/MS Full-Tuition Scholarship, that will be awarded to two students yearly.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Time: 7–8 p.m., Eastern

Register Today

Contact the Office of Student Administration

For Doctor of Optometry program admission questions or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Office of Student Administration
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Second Floor
Bloomington, IN 47405

Please note: The Office of Student Administration will be closed for the Thanksgiving break beginning on Monday, November 23 and will reopen on Monday, November 30. Have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

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