First off, what is CPS? It stands for Chicago Public Schools, and for ICO students, it is one of our third year specialty sites. Our CPS rotation is at a school on Princeton Ave, a few blocks south of the White Sox stadium. Each week, we can have walk-in patients, or we have a bus that brings a group of kids from different schools in the area. CPS sees patients up until the age of 18. CPS is definitely different from regular clinic at the Illinois Eye Institute. At the IEI, w
I’m assigned four 45-minute vision therapy sessions with four different patients every Wednesday night. The best part about this shift is that unless a patient wishes to discontinue therapy, I pretty much get to see the same people every week. It’s an opportunity to get to know them, bond with them, encourage them and learn from them. I think the most unique experience I’ve had throughout my entire career at ICO happened with my 23-year-old vision therapy patient who needed s
As a prospective student, I was always curious to know how externship selection worked. All my life, the best everything was awarded to those with the highest grades (or “marks,” for my fellow Canadians) or standardized test score. Personally, I think they deserve it. I expected externships to be no different–students would be ranked by their GPA, clinical skills, perhaps leadership involvement, and then allowed to select accordingly. The top-ranked students would get to choo
I vividly remember sitting through new student orientation around this time five years ago. I remember being nervous. Very nervous. And to be fair, there was a lot to be nervous about: making new friends, living in the city, establishing professional contacts, not to mention all of the work it was going to take to make it through the program. I certainly wasn’t thinking I would end up joining the faculty. But after 10 academic quarters (and 10 finals weeks), lots of patients
Just when I finally got accustomed to telling everyone I’m in my second year at ICO, I am *gasp* now in my third year. Third year… …is when your day begins at 8 a.m.
That’s right. Whereas during first and second years we had exams early in the morning, now we’ve got early-morning classes. You would think that since our lectures are all recorded, we can watch the early lecture later, right? Sorry to break it to you, fellow night owls, but for one class, attendance is mandatory