Classes were canceled on the afternoon of Friday, April 8 for the 19th Annual Practice Opportunities Symposium. Students used the afternoon to learn from experienced alumni and other notable ODs. The event saw full programming rooms and a bustling exhibitor hall.
Student-driven panels explored different facets of optometry. Private practice panelists Ramona Baumfalk, OD ’06, Jeffrey Manternach, OD ’07, Samantha Rice, OD ’15, and Carrie Roitstein, OD ’00, shared fascinating “day in the life” stories. Externship preceptors, including Phillip Elston, OD ’05, and Susie M. Hemann, OD ’15, discussed whether Veterans’ services could be a good fit for ICO graduates. The practice management panel with Richard S. Kattouf, OD ’72, DOS, Stephanie Lyons, OD ’09, and Jeffrey W. Smith, OD ’83, touched on aspects of running a business, such as insurance matters and relationship building. ICO alumni sparkled across 4 additional panels, as well.
Thanks to expert participation, the Practice Opportunities Symposium was a success. Laine S. Higa, OD ‘14, summed it up best, “ICO definitely prepares you for full-scope optometry. It’s a great place to be.”
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:
All About Eyes
Allergan Eye Care
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Crown Vision Center/Mark D. Wade, O.D.
EyeCare Service Partners
Illinois Optometric Association
Midwest Vision Centers Inc.
Miller Eye Center
National Vision, Inc.
North Star Resource Group
Ocular Instruments, Inc.
Visionworks of America, Inc.