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Ophthalmology Update

Johnson receives prestigious award

Professor of ophthalmology and visual fields expert Chris Johnson, PhD, received the American Academy of Optometry’s highest honor. The Charles F. Prentice Medal Award was awarded to Johnson at the Academy’s 2018 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Johnson is recognized as a world leader in the design of psychophysical testing for clinicians. His research has been instrumental in the development of methods to monitor progression of visual field loss and automated visual field testing.

The Prentice award recognizes a distinguished scientist or clinician-scientist for a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science. It is considered to be the most prestigious of the Academy’s awards for achievement in research. 

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Abramoff speaks as expert panelist at Federal Trade Commission hearing

This past Tuesday, Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, participated as an expert panelist at a Federal Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C., on ethical and consumer protection issues of implementing AI in the real world and medicine.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/2Pxm0op 

Watch now (1:01:20):

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Miller-Meeks elected as Iowa state senator

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, alumna (91R) and former faculty member (94-97) has been elected for the Iowa State Senate. Miller-Meeks was the first female faculty member in our department and the first female president of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). 

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Family-friendly weekend activities

Holiday Market

Saturday, November 17 and December 8
8 AM to 1 PM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
220 S. Gilbert St.

Mark your calendars for the annual Iowa City Holiday Market! The Holiday Market gives patrons an opportunity to buy homegrown, homemade, and handcrafted holiday gifts and foods.


The BARN Holiday Market in the City

Saturday, November 17
9 AM to 4 PM

2525 N. Dodge St

Tickets: https://squ.re/2qRRwyY 


Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 17 & 18
10 AM to 5 PM

Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center
4400 6th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

More info: http://bit.ly/2Kbv4JR 


Picture Show: Free Birds

Saturday, November 17
10 AM to 12 PM

118 E. College St, Ste 101
Iowa City, IA

Free for kids, $5 for adults!

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2OLRty1 

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Iowa Lions Eye Bank | Update

Submitted by Ashley Dockendorf-

Mark your calendars for Breakfast with Santa and help support the Iowa City Noon Lions Club on December 1!

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 7 to 11:30 AM

Johnson County Fairgrounds Building "C"


UI Optical Fall Sale

UI Optical is expanding the usual one-day sale to the whole month of November! Update your prescriptions and take advantage of this opportunity to save 20% on frames and lenses throughout the month.

Have questions? Contact 319-384-9922.

All current prescriptions are accepted at our two convenient locations -

Pomerantz Family Pavilion 
Level 2, Elevator L 

UI Health Care - Iowa River Landing
Level 2 


UI Optical November Promotion

Flu Vaccine - Extended


Employee Flu Campaign extended to Nov. 21

Haven’t had time to get your flu shot yet? The 2018 UI Health Care Employee and Volunteer Flu Campaign has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 21.

ALL UI Health Care employees and volunteers, regardless of percentage of time worked, must participate in the campaign, and are heartily encouraged to get a free flu vaccine.  

More info: http://bit.ly/2FbHHpq 

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It's that time of year again — the Flu Vaccine has arrived!

We will be offering the flu shot for employees at the nurses station through November 9th or while supplies last. We will offer the vaccine 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM each morning, but you can stop by during clinic hours and if a nurse is available, we will provide the vaccine. As with last year, you will need to complete the Flu survey in ReadySet. Below is the link for ReadySet. You can use your HawkID to sign in.


New this year: To log in to ReadySet, visit bit.ly/MyReadySet or find it on the “External Links” tab of Employee Self Service. If you’ve previously signed into ReadySet, you can now use your HawkID and password to sign in. If you’re new to ReadySet, find more information on The Point. Don’t forget to take the flu survey beforehand. It will save you time in the clinic. Click to complete pending surveys or questionnaires.

We need to have a 100% response rate. If you receive a vaccine at another location or are declining the vaccine, you need to go into ReadySet and complete the survey. 

There are many locations to receive the vaccine. Below is a list of times and locations for all university locations.

Flu shots


Save the Date | Department Holiday Party - Dec. 14

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Department of Ophthalmology Holiday Party

Friday, December 14 @ 5:30 PM

Celebration Farm
4696 Robin Woods Ln NE, Iowa City, IA 52240


Bread Garden, Dueling Pianos, caricaturist, and our 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater contest

We hope to see you there!

We want to hear from you!

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As we have some new faces around the department that may not be familiar with the weekly update, we want to remind you to share your news with the update team! Whether it be personal or professional, the update is a newsletter for the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences employees to communicate news and events that are important to you, or may be of interest to others. A few examples of submission topics: employee awards, recognitions, and life events (weddings, birth announcements, accomplishments - personal and professional, new employees, retirements, and more…)

Feel free to send by email or stop by the C.S. O’Brien Library if you have something you would like to share (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lectures and Conferences

updated 11/15/2018

schedule subject to change


November 19

8:00 AM

Resident Interviews: Caroline Wilson, MD


November 20

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Austin Fox, MD


November 21

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Christopher Fortenbach, MD, PhD


November 22

Thanksgiving (NO ROUNDS)


November 23

Thanksgiving (NO ROUNDS)

schedule subject to change


November 26

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Jennifer Gipp, OD, MBA, Optometry Faculty Candidate - Managing the Ocular Complications of Acquired Brain Injury


November 27

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - On-call Rounds


November 28

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***


November 29

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Suzanne Mitts, Billing and Coding


November 30

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Resident Interviews: Tyler Quist, MD

schedule subject to change


December 3

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Brad Barnett, MD, PhD, Cornea Faculty Candidate


December 4

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***


December 5

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***


December 6

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Guest Lecture: Dr. Anat Galor, MD - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Miami VA


December 7

7:00 AM

BCSC Cornea - Resident reading, no lecture

schedule subject to change

CME ACCREDITATION: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME CREDIT DESIGNATION: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

SPONSORED BY: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

CONTENT: Determination of educational content for this educational activity and the selection of speakers and facilitators are responsibilities of the activity director. Any commercial firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

DISCLOSURE POLICY: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

TARGET AUDIENCE: Faculty, residents, fellows.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES: Upon participating in this educational series, the participant should be able to discuss interesting and challenging clinical cases in a didactic and interactive format.

Upcoming Event

  • Feb 21 - Krista Johnson, MD, MME - Educating the Educators: Self-directed Learning
  • Mar 8 - Clinical Conference: Retina
  • Apr 5 - Clinical Conference: Cataract/Comprehensive
  • May 20 - Scott Lecture Series - Dr. Annick Fournier

About The Update

The Ophthalmology Update is a newsletter for employees of the Department of Ophthalmology. Editor & staff writer: Kelsey Hunold (7-8001) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; staff writers: Trish Duffel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Joe Schmidt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; copy editor: Peg Harris; Department Head: Keith D. Carter, MD.