IUSO Conversations

Episode one: So, you want to be an OD?

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Our first episode for the 2021–2022 season. Maybe you’ve read that a career as an optometrist is one of the fastest growing health professions and rated high for quality of life. Perhaps the moment you received your first pair of glasses inspired you to be like your own doctor. There are many reasons to become an O.D., but are you aware of the many ways to use your degree? After graduating from IUSO, you could help your community as a nonprofit, serve veterans at a VA hospital, run a joint practice with an MD, or even educate future OD’s as a professor!

Join us for the first IUSO Summer Conversation where we will talk with four IUSO alumni, learn their paths to optometry school, and explore the four distinctive ways in which they practice.

Date: Tuesday, May 25

Time: 7 p.m. Eastern

Episode two: The Hoosier Life

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What is the culture like on campus? This is a huge determining factor for many prospective students.

You may already know that optometry school will be a tough four years as you learn the core science and patient care skills to take care of a community when you graduate. It is also an exciting four years where you will make friends, adventure around your new community, and build a social network to support your future career.

Join us for a conversation with four current students: a rising 2nd year, a 3rd year, and a 4th year, plus a recent Doctor of Optometry graduate who can reflect on all four years at IUSO (including those pre-pandemic times.) You’ll hear about opportunities to accompany our world-renowned faculty on mission trips, participate in athletic screenings, and learn from their decades of experience in the classroom.

Sign up today to listen, learn, and join the conversation on the Hoosier Life!

Date: Tuesday, June 15

Time: 7 p.m. Eastern

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Episode three: Women in Optometry

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IU Optometry continues a legacy of strong women, with almost 70% of the 2021 incoming class reporting as female. IUSO women excel in the classroom, lead clubs and organizations, and serve the community in our clinic with upmost care. After graduation, they become award-winning clinicians, accomplished leaders in business, and innovative educators of the next generation as professors and researchers for optometry schools around the country.

In this IUSO Conversation, we will explore the paths that brought several accomplished women to optometry. These students, professors, and alumni will share 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.

Date: Tuesday, July 13

Time: 7 p.m. Eastern

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Episode four: You Look Like Me. Why Diversity in Optometry is Needed.

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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 online Zoom conversation with IUSO current students and graduates. 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 underrepresented minority groups have called IU School of Optometry home over the years and led accomplished careers once they graduated.

Learn about their journeys by registering today!

Date: Tuesday, August 3

Time: 7 p.m. Eastern

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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

*Until further notice, the Office of Student Administration will be working remotely.

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