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Friday, November 14, 2014

AOA Call for Posters for Optometry's Meeting 2015

AOA Call for Posters for Optometry's Meeting 2015

Deadline: February 6, 2015

The American Optometric Association is pleased to invite your participation in the Clinical and Scientific Poster Session at the 2015 Optometry’s Meeting®

The poster session will have a preview session on Friday, June 26, 2015 (10:00am-6:00pm) and an interactive session on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11:00am-2:00pm, where presenters must be present.

The AOA Poster Session will offer CE credit on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Attendees wishing to spend an uninterrupted one- or two-hours viewing the interactive poster session (11:00am-2:00pm) will be able to receive the appropriate one or two hour CE credit. Please note that CE credit will be offered only during the Saturday interactive session (11:00am-2:00pm) and authors must be present.
Abstracts based on unique clinical cases and all aspects of optometric research are currently being accepted. All case reports and research must be complete and unpublished at the time of submission. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via online submission by February 6, 2015.

New this year! The top 5 posters will be selected to participate in an interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting on Saturday, June 27 from 8am - 10am. Each presenter will be paid an additional honorarium to participate in this rapid-fire session featuring 15-20 minutes of presentation per author. The top 5 posters will also be featured in AOA Focus.

Authors will be notified by e-mail of the acceptance of their poster by mid-March. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
  1. All abstracts must meet the following requirements:
    1. Primary authors must be a member of the AOA in order to be an Optometry’s Meeting® Poster Presenter.
    2. The complete abstract must be submitted online by February 7, 2014.
    3. A primary author may only submit 3 posters total, any posters exceeding this amount will not be considered.
    4. The abstract must follow the format example explicitly, (see links below) or disqualification will occur.
    5. The abstract submission form must be filled out completely; otherwise the entry will be disqualified.
    6. The abstract must be no more than 350 words (not including title and authors), all abstracts over this word count will be disqualified.
    7. The information conveyed must be of sufficient general interest to the optometric community.
    8. The abstract must be clear, concise, and well-written in anticipation of publication.
    9. The abstract must contain sufficient detail for evaluation.
  2. Scientific abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The abstract must be based on original and previously unpublished research.
    2. The abstract must describe a scientific investigation of the idea or product being studied.
    3. The abstract must demonstrate a clear and soundly tested hypothesis.
    4. The conclusions in the abstract must appear to be justified by the results presented.
    5. The abstract must contain evidence of a significant, new result and the significance must be clear from the abstract.
    6. The abstract must contain more than just preliminary results.
  3. Case report abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The case report must highlight timely or essential information, not just a review of information already in the literature.
    2. The case report must be unique-if two similar case reports are submitted, a choice may be made between the two to maximize diversity in the poster program.
    3. The case report must demonstrate complete follow-through of patient care.
    4. The clinical significance of the case report must be clear from the abstract.
  4. Informational abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The topic must be deemed appropriate for presentation at Optometry’s Meeting®. Topics appropriate for informational posters include, but are not limited to, information about AOA programs or sections.
    2. Informational posters may not contain product or service advertisements.


The primary author of posters that are selected for the 2015 Optometry’s Meeting® is entitled to the following benefits:
  1. $100 total travel grant (this excludes informational posters)
  2. Abstract will be included in an AOA digital supplement to be promoted on and in AOA Focus.
  3. New this year! The top 5 posters will be selected to participate in an interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting on Saturday, June 27 from 8am - 10am.  The poster author must be willing to give an oral presentation with powerpoint regarding their poster. Each presenter will be paid an additional $150 honorarium to participate in this rapid-fire session featuring 15-20 minutes of presentation per author. The top 5 posters will also be featured in AOA Focus.

Please note that authors of selected posters will be responsible for hotel & transportation costs, fees for participation in Continuing Education courses, and all other fees associated with attendance at Optometry’s Meeting®. Posters are peer-reviewed and only those that meet the acceptance criteria will be selected for presentation.

Accepted posters will be published in an AOA digital supplement that will be promoted to AOA members and the profession. The supplement will be featured on and also be included in an article in AOA Focus magazine following Optometry's Meeting.

Authors must arrive at Optometry’s Meeting® in time to set up their posters on Friday, June 26, 2015 between 7:00am and 10:00am, and must present their poster at the interactive session on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

The AOA will be using a 48” high X 96” wide Velcro pushpin-receptive display. All text on the poster should be in type no smaller than 18 pt. and must be legible from a distance of about 4-5 feet. Each illustration should contain a caption.

Submission deadline
February 6, 2015
Notification of acceptance
Mid March 2015
2015 Optometry’s Meeting®
June 24- June 28, 2015
Poster Set-up
June 26, 2015 7:00am-10:00am
Poster Session Preview
June 26, 2015 10:00am-6:00pm
Rapid-Fire CE Course Featuring Top 5 Poster Presenters
June 28, 2014 8:00am-10:00am
Interactive Poster Session offering CE Credit
June 28, 2014 11:00am-2:00pm


American Optometric Association
Attn: Stacy Harris
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
(800) 365-2219 ext. 4254
(314) 991-4101

Dominick M. Maino OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A; Poster Abstract Committee, Chair

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shokran: Authentic Moroccan Cuisine

Restaurant Review

I drive by this easy to miss restaurant almost daily. It is located just east of the Blue Line "L" stop/Kennedy Expressway on/off ramp and Irving Park Rd (Chicago). After finding a parking spot on the street [and yes, you do have to drop silver into those thieving parking meter devices that Mayor Daily ("The Little") and Mayor Rahm Emanuel ("Little Dancer" AKA Click Here for Nicknames) have given us as a legacy of their mismanagement of the city's resources].  However, in this instance, paying this tribute is worth the price as you will note later in this review.

When we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted fairly quickly by a smiling young man who said "hello" in a pleasant voice and then asked if we made a reservation. When we told him no that we hadn't, after asking us to waiting for a moment, he went to the back to check if he could accommodate us this evening. About 5 minutes later, he returned to tell us he did have seating available if we didn't mind sitting towards the front of the restaurant. We said no problem and were immediately seated by the front window. When I checked their website, they did not say anything about making a reservation as a good idea, however after this experience I would recommend you do so.

The menu has an extensively selection of  entree awesomeness with the highest priced item being $18 for their mixed grill (which I chose). Appetizers are $5-$8, while sides run about $5 with desserts being $6.

We started with marinated black olives on pita and a bowl of  Harira soup (tomato soup with lentils, chickpeas, rice parsley cilantro and various spices). The soup was a very pleasing color with lots of evident "goodies" swimming within. The spices were not overwhelming and added just the zing necessary to make it dance upon the tongue. (of course if you are one of those individuals with a genetic predisposition towards not liking cilantro, you might want to order a different appetizer). The marinated black olives on pita (there was also a spicy hot sauce served separately which had some heat but was not overpowering) was very flavorful and a most welcome beginning to this meal.

When the entrees arrived, my wife and I were ready. She ordered the Lamb Marrakesh (lamb in a stew of peas and artichoke with various  Moroccan seasonings) while I had the Mixed Grill (chicken and lamb kebabs; kefa (a beef meatball/burger) and merguez (a sausage of ground beef, lamb). This was also served with rice pilaf and grilled veggies.

 Lamb Marrakech
The Lamb Marrakech practically fell off of the bone with the stew being a very strong supporting medium. There was a perfect balance between the natural flavor of the lamb and the wonderful spices and vegetables in the mix. No one flavor or taste dominated, but all got along with and supported each other nicely.

The Mixed Grill allowed me to try many of the items offered on this diverse menu all at the same time. The lamb keba was done perfectly with a sightly red center. The chicken kebab soaked up the spices nicely so it was also most enjoyable with the chicken adding a nice balance to the meal. I didn't quite know what to expect of the Kefa (a ground beef, lamb burger).

Mixed Grill
What I experienced was a juicy  patty that also supported the other items on this diverse plate. Finally, although not my favorite item on the plate, the ground beef/lamb sausage (Merguez), which is made in-house, was an appropriate addition to this menu selection.

During the meal, we drank Moroccan Mint Green Tea, that was served very hot in a silver teapot poured into a small glass with a twig of mint as well as orange blossoms and honey. I usually do not like sweetness in my tea, but this was SO good that as soon as
Green Mint Tea
we finished off the first teapot, I ordered another to go with dessert.

There were several choices for dessert, but Sylvia and I decided to share the Poached Pear in Hazelnut Cake. Within just a few minutes absolutely nothing was left of the dessert but a fine memory of a satisfying ending to the meal

Poached Pear Hazelnut Cake
Things you MUST know

This is a BYOB restaurant.

They DO NOT accept credit cards (an ATM is available to withdraw cash).

Although not stated on their website, I would recommend that you make a reservation.

The outside appearance gives you the impression it is much smaller than it actually is. They have additional seating areas in the back. This is perfect for small groups and parties who wish to celebrate a special occasion.

Maino's "M" Ratings

Ambiance: 4/5 M's (The decor is exactly what you would expect of a Moroccan restaurant. The seating is comfortable and not too closely spaced. Although you could easily hear your neighbors conversations, the room never became so loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation of your own.  We were greeted quickly when we came in and thanked as we left.)

Service: 4/5 M's (Service was appropriately attentive. You never felt rushed. I would strongly suggest that you be ready to truly enjoy your meal and those companions with you. They offer a slower pace of dining that is often in conflict with our McDonalds Fast Food World Mentality. Take a moment to savor and enjoy. I put enough money into the meter for 90 minutes of dining, the experience took closer to 2 hours. This was a good thing (and I did not get a parking ticket!!)

Food: 5/5 M's  (As you could easily tell from my descriptions above, I liked all that we consumed. Next time, I will order the Chicken Bastilla appetizer (it looked and smelled incredible), the Sweet Lamb Couscous, another dessert (they had one that was chocolate that sounded wonderful) and of course, lots of Moroccan Mint Green Tea.)  Since the number of incredibly good restaurants in my neighborhood (Portage Park/Six Corners) is growing exponentially, it's relatively easy to miss visiting various gustatory establishments just a mile or so away. Do not miss out on this one!

Overall Rating: 4+/5 M's  (Make a reservation, go eat, enjoy!)

Shokran Authentic Moroccan Cuisine Restaurant
4027 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, Il 60641

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Optometry: Perfect balance of high pay and low stress?

Optometry: Perfect balance of high pay and low stress?

",,,,, Two Business Insider articles, one from 2013 and another from 2014, both placed optometry on a list of high-paying, low-stress jobs—and it seems the placement might be right. Both Business Insider articles consulted Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., a career information expert. He used a stress tolerance scale (from zero to 100) wherein a lower rating means less stress. The scale, which was created from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network (O*Net), measures how frequently workers have to accept criticism and deal with high stress levels, according to American Optometric Association....."