Interprofessional Education (IPE)

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. . . . . A collaborative practice-ready health worker is someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional team and is competent to do so. Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. . . .” Source: World Health Organizations (WHO), Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice, 2010

Discover how the connections between professions can enhance your patient care at these seven courses selected for their focus on interprofessional education (IPE).


Wednesday, October 11


SE-01: Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice® Plenary Session
The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This year be sure to attend the plenary session, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain,” where leading researchers will present their thinking on the role of the retina in brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. Speakers will include Dr. Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and Dr. Marina Bedny of John Hopkins University. COPE ID: 55041-PS

OP-02: FDA Approved Pharmaceuticals - New Agents and Updates
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Every year the FDA approves numerous pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases in various medical therapeutic areas. This course will review the recently approved pharmaceuticals that are pertinent to optometric patient care. Pharmaceuticals covered will include but not limited to endocrinology, cardiology, vascular disease, infections, neurology, optometry, psychology, and urology. Indication of use, mechanism of action, and/or ocular side effects will be reviewed. This course is given by an optometrist and a Doctor in Pharmacy. Speakers include Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO, Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD. COPE ID: 53676-PH

PH-01: Evidence-Based Communication Strategies that Enhance Clinical Care and Patient Safety
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Effective communication between optometrists and other health care providers is essential to maximize patient safety and minimize medical errors. Evidence-based strategies that optometrists can use in clinical practice will be reviewed. Speakers include Jasmine Yumori, OD, FAAO, Jenny Tjahjono, DMD, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53675-PB

SS-02: Joint Vision in Aging and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIGS: Aging and Nutrition in Modern Eye Care
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nutrition in eye care has become an integral part of modern eye care practice. Eye care practitioners increasingly make nutrition supplement recommendations for their older patients. There are many considerations unique to older adults with general and ocular nutrition needs along with relevant clinical information beyond AREDS. Speakers include John Kaminski, OD, FAAO, Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Emily Chew, MD, Billy Hammond, PhD. COPE ID: 54373-GO


Thursday, October 12


SE-04: Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium: Precision Medicine and the Future of Eye Care
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Named in honor of Dr. Monroe J. Hirsch, each year the Academy's Research Committee creates a program that keeps communication open between scientific discover and clinical patient care. The current approach to disease treatment and prevention is based largely on patterns learned from studying the average response of many patients. How would treatment change if doctors had better, more specific information about an individual patient's risk for disease? A new program of the National Institutes of Health, entitled the Precision Medicine Initiative, will enroll one million volunteers beginning in 2017 and is intended to fundamentally change our approach to patient care. The Hirsch symposium will explore the developments that have led to this initiative and what it may mean for the future treatment and prevention of eye disease. Speakers include Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, Thomas May, PhD, Dara Richardson-Heron, MD. COPE ID: Pending

SD-02: Rapid Fire: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Caring for Patients on the Autism Spectrum
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
With the increasing prevalence of autism, it is critical that optometrists are aware of the characteristics of the condition and how these characteristics may impact the examination. During this lecture, we will discuss autism and its range of presentations and optometric concerns. We will also discuss proactive strategies that will aid the practitioner in providing the highest level of care. Speakers include Todd Peabody, OD, MBA, FAAO, Erin Peabody, MA, CCC-SLP, Don Lyon, OD, MBA, FAAO. COPE ID: 49573-SD

GO-12: Chronic Disease Management through Behavior Modification
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chronic disease management is at the core of most optometric practices. Patient behavior can be helpful or exacerbating in managing these diseases. Modifiable behaviors such as medication adherence, diet, exercise and smoking often do more to determine the course of the disease than anything the doctor can provide. Although we try to educate, cajole, or scare our patients they often inexplicably continue the unhealthy behaviors that continue their decline. In this course we look at strategies to improve outcomes in these patients using evidence-based behavior modification techniques that can be accomplished quickly during your routine exam. Speakers include Kevin Jackson, OD, MPH, FAAO, William Brim, PsyD, MS. COPE ID: 53678-GO

OP-06: Prescribing Oral Antivirals in Eye Care
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This course reviews the usage of oral antivirals for ocular infections. Practical information regarding the identification of adverse allergic reaction, dialysis, pregnancy, and maximum daily doses are discussed, which are prerequisites before prescribing oral pharmaceutical agents. This course is presented by an optometrist and a Doctor of Pharmacy. Speakers include Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO, Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD. COPE ID: 53753-OP

SE-03: American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Symposium: Ocular Surface Disease: What You May Be Missing
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dry eye and ocular surface disease is a field with new concepts on pathogenesis, improved diagnostic technology and a variety of new treatment options. This symposium will update current thought regarding diagnosis, treatment and the role of neuropathy in dry eye. Moderators Drs. Stephen Pflugfelder and Barbara Caffery will be joined by Drs. Victor Perez , Ellen Shorter and Carolyn Begley. COPE ID: 54983-AS

LDR-03: Intermediate Leadership
Teamwork: Optometry's Role in an Integrated Healthcare Environment 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; $75 fee (Students $20) 
In the past, health care delivery has been fragmented; patients used to obtain their health care from a variety of isolated providers, who rarely communicated with each other. During the past several years, however, we have seen considerable efforts to better integrate care. This course will explore the implications of an integrated health care system for optometrists, and will provide insights and guidance for individuals who wish to better prepare themselves to fully participate in an integrated health care system. Speakers include Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, Darin Paulson, OD, FAAO, Dennis W. Siemsen, OD, MHPE, FAAO, Enrollment is limited to 50 people. COPE ID: Pending

SS-05: Joint Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry and Low Vision Sections: Cortical/Cerebral Vision Impairment(CVI): An Overview of the Attributes, Range of Clinical Presentation, Research Findings, and Challenges to Rehabilitate and Educate this Burgeoning Population
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cortical/cerebral vision impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of pediatric vision impairment in the developing world. There is a lack of consensus regarding what CVI is, the necessary findings required for diagnosis, who should make the diagnosis, and who should be involved with the delivery of services to these patients/students. The goal of this symposium is to increase the awareness of this condition to optometry. An overview of the condition and a general approach to clinical decision making will be followed by a riveting talk revealing the latest functional imaging studies pertaining to ocular versus brain based visual impairment on the developing brain. With this neurophysiologic underpinning, the next talk focuses on dorsal stream dysfunction that leads to the final talk about educational considerations for children with CVI. Speakers include Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Barry Kran, OD, FAAO, Corinna Bauer, PhD, Gordon Dutton, MD, Amanda Hall Lueck, PhD. COPE ID: 54860-NO

SS-06: Public Health & Environmental Vision Section: The Politics, Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities of Healthcare Reform
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This symposium brings together the leaders of the Chicago area healthcare policy makers. They will discuss the path to sustainability and good outcomes in the changing strategy of the repeal and replace events of post-election 2016. What are the expectations of healthcare reform as it pertains to private insurance, hospitals, and government programs? What is the role of managed vision care? There will be a focus on the politics, challenges, innovations, and opportunities of Healthcare Reform. Strengthening operations, quality, safety and business development for the health system will be discussed. Speakers include Fred Soto, OD, JD, FAAO, Jana Hirschtick, PhD, MPH, Karen C. Teitelbaum, MBA, Anthony T. LoSasso, PhD, Jeff Smith, OD. COPE ID: 54165-PB

SS-07: Joint Comprehensive Eye Care Section and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIG: Nutritional Influences on Eye Health
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This symposium seeks to explore how nutritional factors influence systemic and ocular health down to the cellular level resulting in disease. Epigenetics, metabolomics, and functional integrative medicine will be discussed. This symposium aims to address how the comprehensive eye care provider can improve patient care to prevent vision loss and blindness. Speakers include Tina Porzukowiak, OD, FAAO, A. Paul Chous, OD, MA, FAAO, Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Kim Allan Williams, MD, Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54211-PB


Friday, October 13


SD-06: Wake Up - Sleep Disorders and Eye Care
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Part 1: Restful and rejuvenating sleep plays a pivotal and under-appreciated role in systemic health as well as a range of eye conditions. The clinical implications and profile of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and its' differential diagnosis are discussed. Besides preventing disease, good sleep (initiation and maintenance) is the foundation of high alertness and attention, good mood, high-quality performance and sharp vision. Poor sleep is implicated in poorer ocular health. Part 2: Data on sleep apnea and Floppy Eyelids, COAG / LTG, NAION, CRVO, DM, CSR and AMD. Speakers include Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, Alexander Golbin, MD, PhD. COPE ID: 54346-SD CEE

SS-12: Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies: Ocular Surface Disease and Irregular Cornea Grand Rounds: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Generously sponsored by Bausch + Lomb
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ocular surface disease with or without corneal irregularity is challenging to treat both optically and physiologically. This expert "all-Chicago" panel will present challenging cases and treatment approaches including medical, surgical, and contact lens management of corneal disease. The multidisciplinary approach to management of these patients will be evident as Academy Diplomates and Fellows present cases shared with internationally recognized corneal surgeons. Speakers include Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO, Timothy McMahon, OD, FAAO, Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dmitri Azar, MD, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, Ann Laurenzi-Jones, OD, FAAO, Marian Macsai, MD. COPE ID: 54982-CL