Administration Station

Blodi Conference Rooms will be in use Friday, June 10 through Tuesday, June 14 for the Iowa Eye Annual Meeting and the 5-Year Review visit. Please avoid use outside of these purposes during this time.

Joint Commission Survey

We will be including resources each week to prepare for the Joint Commission visit. Supervisors, please be sure to review and discuss with your teams. To see the full list of resources on The Point, visit:

Joint Commission Staff Preparedness:

  • Review RACE, PASS, and hospital emergency numbers (195, 199)
  • Know the location of your nearest fire extinguisher
  • Secure oxygen cylinders
  • Don't block egress corridors, fire exit doors, electrical panels or med gas valves

Need a new headshot?

New employees or department members that are looking to update their current headshot can stop by Blodi Conference Rooms 2 and 3 next Thursday, June 2 from 10 AM to 12 PM to have their photo taken. No appointment needed. For questions, contact Kelsey Hunold,

Faculty that would like new photos for their academic and clinical profiles are encouraged to have them taken at the UI Health Care Portrait Studio for consistency and branding purposes. For more information and to schedule a 15-minute appointment:

GME Leadership Symposium

Congratulations to Drs. Jaclyn Haugsdal and Tom Oetting on receiving awards at last Friday's GME Leadership Symposium!

Dr. Haugsdal received the GME Excellence in Clinical Coaching Award. The residency and fellowship programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics provide top-quality clinical education because of the dedication of individual faculty members. This institutional award provides an opportunity for program directors to recognize the contribution of faculty members whose passion and outstanding performance in clinical coaching guides the next generation of physicians. 

"When she joined the faculty, she spent countless hours of her own time structuring a unique wet lab curriculum that is now one of the leading curricula of its kind in the country. Beyond the standard wet lab, she devotes even more time and resources to creating subject-specific wet labs for residents to gain further skills. This is far beyond the expectation of her role, but she does it because her greatest desire is to help us become the surgeons we long to be." 

See other recipients of this award:

Dr. Oetting received the GME Leadership Impact Award. While leading continuous improvement and innovation within their residency or fellowship programs, Program Directors and Associate Program Directors often extend their impact through contributions beyond Iowa. This award provides the opportunity for us to recognize the important impact of those who have made significant contributions that advance graduate medical education.

"Tom is a world-class educator, innovator, scholar, and leader who always works together with his trainees."

"He developed a structured curriculum around cataract surgery and published an online tutorial not only for but also the complications of cataract surgery. He uses multimedia technology for education and linking into social media."

"Tom was an early adopter of simulation, creating a SimLab at the VA to teach early surgical skills for cataract surgery. His largest contribution was co-founding and editing, our educational website that is used nationally and internationally for ophthalmology education." – Keith Carter, MD, FACS, DEO & Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

"If you were to ask any Residency Director across the country who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of ophthalmic educators, Tom's name would be on everyone's list."

"During my fellowship, I phone Tom to ask him for some advice and mentorship on a career path to becoming a Program Director. His career advice was priceless."

"His balance of humor, pragmatic advice, and no-nonsense approach has broken down barriers, ranging from a national integrated internship model to surgical wet lab training curricula." – Jeff Petty, MD, MBA, Ed Vice-Chair & Program Director, University of Utah

"Dr. Oetting is arguably the national leader in ophthalmic residency education; among residents and educators he is a celebrity."

"Dr. Oetting looked ahead at the adult learners graduating from medical school and recognized that their learning could be optimized using non-traditional platforms. EyeRounds houses an ever-growing and incredibly rich collection of cases, images, tutorials and videos for learners and for teachers. There is no doubt that Dr. Oetting has pioneered a new generation of educational tools."

"His contributions are distinctive because of their sheer novelty and fiercely practical impact. Dr. Oetting's curricula and learning tools are always practical, applicable, and can be adapted to suit virtually any ophthalmology learning environment."

"Dr. Oetting is energetic, creative, and combines academic rigor with humor. His magnetic personality makes him an approachable, natural mentor." – Nandini Gandhi, MD, Residency Program Director, UC-Davis

Sindt Featured in Medicine Iowa Magazine

Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO and Marcus Noyes, OD, FAAO, FSLS, were recently featured in the Spring 2022 issue of Medicine Iowa.

Read: "Seeing keratoconus through a different lens"

An ophthalmology team at Iowa has created a revolutionary, customizable contact lens for patients with keratoconus and other eye diseases.

Research Day Recap | P.J. Leinfelder Award Recipients

Congratulations again to all the trainees for their outstanding work and excellent presentations at the Resident and Fellow Research Day last Friday!

P.J. Leinfelder Award Winners

  • Resident Winner: Aaron Dotson, MD – Prototype Corneal Cufflink Plug for Emergent Management of Non-Traumatic Corneal Perforations

  • Fellow Winner: Edward Linton, MD – A New Diagnostic Sign of Carotid-Cavernous Fistula Using Laser Speckle Flowgraphy

The winners have the honor of leading off the Iowa Eye Meeting by presenting their research projects.

View past recipients:

**Full photo album will be ready Friday, June 3**

Iowa Lions Eye Bank | Update

The Iowa Lions Eye Bank Celebration of Hope & Renewal took place on Saturday, May 21 in the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden.

"The Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden honors and celebrates the gifts given by Iowa families and the work of all who facilitate and support the donation and transplantation process. The theme of the memorial is Hope, Renewal, and Transformation, and commemorates those who have transformed lives through their generosity and courage, as well as Iowa Lions and others who have supported the work of donation."

At the event we heard from multiple speakers, including Esther Baker, MA, MBA, executive director of ILEB; Mark Greiner, MD, Cornea and External Diseases, Robert and Joell Brightfelt Professor of Cornea Research, Medical Director of Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and Associate Professor of UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Gift of Sight recipient, Henry Wellnitz; and Jeanine Flies, mother of Amanda Wilkin, Gift of Life and Sight Donor.

2022 Department Group Photo

The department recently got together to take the annual group photo! Click here to view and download a high-resolution version of the photo.

UI Optical Summer Sale

In honor of National Sunglasses Day (June 27), take 25% off all sunglasses at UI Optical during the month of June!

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Family Graduates

It's that time again! If you have a family member (child, grandchild, spouse, etc.) graduating from school this year, please send their information and a photo to We want to include everyone!

Information needed:

  • Graduate's name, and relationship to you
  • What school they are graduating from
  • Graduation honors (if you want that included)
  • Plans after graduation (i.e. college, graduate school, job)
  • A photo (snapshot or senior picture)

For a refresher, here are links to previous years - 2019:;  2020:; 2021:;

Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | 5 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 6 | Iowa Eye Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

The deadline to register is Monday, June 6 for the 2022 Iowa Eye Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion taking place Thursday and Friday, June 10-11, 2022.


Meeting Information

The meeting features lectures, case presentations, and discussions covering numerous topics of interest to the practicing ophthalmologist. Plus, timely updates from University of Iowa faculty and researchers. Continuing education credit provided.

Social events include an Alumni Reception and Banquet on Friday evening and outdoor golf or family-friendly activities following the conference on Saturday afternoon!

Banquet Entertainment

Iowa alumnus, Will Flanary, MD, (aka Dr. Glaucomflecken), will be our featured entertainer during the Iowa Eye Banquet on Friday evening!

For questions, contact Adam McLaughlin at 319-384-8529

Tips from the Library

Submitted by Caroline Allen-

booksThe JAMA Network is making all of its Covid-19 articles open access. Here is a link to this week's publications:

Contact Caroline at if you would like to do further research on this topic.

UIHC COVID-19 Updates and Resources

MyChart self-checker now available for employee COVID-19 testing

Employees can now use the MyChart self-checker to schedule a COVID-19 test. This is similar to how UI Health Care patients schedule a test, but employees will follow a separate set of questions to find testing options and locations.

Do I have to schedule a COVID-19 test through MyChart?
No, employees can still call the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) at 319-356-3631, option 3. The MyChart self-checker provides another way for employees to schedule a test and helps alleviate the call volume to the UEHC.
What else can the MyChart symptom checker be used for?
Employees can also use the MyChart self-checker if they:

  • Have concerns or questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Need general advice related to COVID-19

Learn more:

Below are some resources shared by the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Hardin Library for Health Sciences in regard to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19):

Wellness Corner

Submitted by Tonya Looker-

Registration is now open for the Burst Your Thirst Challenge!

The challenge runs from June 6-July 15. Burst Your Thirst is an initiative through Live Healthy Iowa with the Iowa Sports Foundation for participants to create teams, track their amount of water intake, and take part in physical activities each day. UI Health Care receives 100 free entries and water bottles for participants, so be sure to sign up quickly before the spots fill up.

Follow these steps to participate:

  1. Identify a team captain
  2. Identify 2-10 team members to be on the team
  3. Come up with a fun team name
  4. Team captain will register team members to participate and use the information below for free entry:

To register a team: 

  1. Go to the Live Healthy Iowa Burst Your Thirst Challenge website
  2. Click on REGISTER NOW
  3. Click on the 2022 Burst Your Thirst Challenge picture
  4. Click on Register
  5. Enter in group ID, team name, and number of members

Subsidy Code: 22BYT-IOWAHC

  • If you've participated in the past, please use the same email to link to your existing account.
  • Any new participants will receive an email to create an account.
  • Once your account is created, update your profile with your information and add a photo if you'd like.

Registration closes June 1 and is free to UI Health Care employees.


Sleep is a basic necessity, as important as air, food, and water. We spend as much as one third of our lives sleeping, and yet sleep is often lost or taken for granted when trying to meet a deadline or care for ill family members.

More than half of us don't get enough sleep. Not only does this leave us tired and not at our best, but poor sleep can affect our ability to concentrate and retain new information and alter our judgment and mood. Insufficient sleep may also lead to poor health. Studies reveal that people who sleep poorly are at greater risk for health concerns from obesity to high blood pressure.

This site provides information to assist you in learning more about improving your sleep:

To discuss a sleep concern or to access any of the above resources, please contact us.

Tree Tours: Nature Walk & Talks

Join the Pentacrest Museums for guided strolls on campus featuring the ecological diversity, symbolism, history, and lore of our trees. We'll use the lunch hour once a month on these nature walk & talks for discovery, restoration, mindfulness & movement in this program—designed for you—with resilience and curiosity in mind.

  • Meet outside near the main entrance to Macbride Hall, at the bottom of the stairs on the east side of the building.
  • Rain or shine. 
  • All are welcome (students, staff/faculty, community).
  • Staff and faculty: our campus has encouraged programming of this nature for employee wellness. Make sure to let your supervisor know you'd like to attend if you need a little extra travel time before and after the walk.

Friday, June 17, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm | Show All Dates
Macbride Hall - Outside, near main entrance staircase, eastside of building
15-37 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Contact: Carolina Kaufman

Department Job Postings | Current Available Positions

Submitted by Melissa Monhollon-

Positions Available in the Department:

Administrative Services Coordinator | Req #22003215

This position is being advertised as a or – only one position will be hired:

On-Call Temporary Recovery Techs – Coralville & Des Moines Areas

Contact Adam Stockman

Geek Speak

Geek Speak

Migrating to Microsoft 365

UI Health Care is in the process of migrating every employee to Microsoft 365—formerly known as Office 365—by Saturday, Oct. 22, in order to ensure that email remains functional.

Additionally, the new suite of tools included in the Microsoft 365 migration allow for the consolidation of email/calendaring platforms across campus; use of OneDrive (1 TB) for file sharing anywhere, anytime; and much more. Find resources and more information on this migration on The Loop.

New Ophthalmology All-Staff Distribution List

Due to no longer having the ability to manage the Ophthalmology All Staff email distribution list, HCIS has created a new mailing list for us called: Ophthalmology Staff ( that will continue to be managed internally.

Please use this new email moving forward to ensure the most up to date employee list is reached.

NEW – Please use:
OLD – Do not use:

Thinking of buying a computer?
Make sure to check out the Employee Discount Program to save on computer hardware, software, and accessories. The discounts are available to all employees and are not limited to computer equipment.

Contact Ophthalmology IT
Please use these contact methods helps us prioritize your request:
Phone:  78107
ESC Portal: (New to ESC? Learn how to submit a help desk ticket)

Lectures and Conferences

Schedule Subject to Change
Tue May 31 7:00 AM BCSC: Oculoplastics - Dr. Keith Carter - Orbital anatomy, neoplasms, and surgery
Wed June 1 8:00 AM Abby Wicks, OD, FAAO - Optometry Faculty Candidate - with concentration in Neuro Op
Thu June 2 8:00 AM Pathology Lecture Series - Dr. Nasreen Syed
Fri June 3

8:00 AM

Dr. James Folk: "Lessons I am still learning at 68"

Schedule Subject to Change
Mon June 6 8:00 AM David Ramirez, MD, PGY4 - M&M
Tue June 7 7:00 AM BCSC: Oculoplastics - Dr. Erin Shriver - Journal Club
Wed June 8 8:00 AM On-call rounds
Thu June 9 8:00 AM Tina Hendricks, MD, PGY2
Fri June 10


Iowa Eye Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

  • 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.

    CME CREDIT AND ATTENDANCE: Captured by self-texting a 5-digit activity code to 319-519-0048. The code is provided each day during Rounds. Before texting your attendance for the first time, you will need to text your email address to 319-519-0038. For questions, contact

Iowa River Landing

If viewing rounds and unable to connect through Zoom, please contact: Zachary Mortensen, MD -

Ophthalmology Morning Rounds is held from 8:00 am - 8:45 am in the Braley Auditorium (01136), Pomerantz Family Pavilion / Zoom.

Upcoming events

June 10-11 - Iowa Eye Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion
June 29 - Resident & Fellow Graduation