AZCOPT Alumni Newsletter
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Greetings from Midwestern University

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations is excited to reintroduce the Alumni Pulse, Midwestern University's quarterly e-newsletter. The Alumni Pulse offers news from your college that is most relevant to you and updates on the recent happenings of your fellow classmates. By sharing this information, we hope you will feel a continued connection with Midwestern University and your classmates.

One of the highlights of our work in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations is to host events for our alumni on campus, locally, and at national conferences. We always look forward to meeting our alumni and learning about your professional accomplishments. You are the greatest ambassadors and advocates for Midwestern University, and we appreciate all you have done to represent your alma mater proudly in your careers. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Please let us know if you are on campus, as we would love to meet you.

As a reminder, you have access to the Alumni Directory, the Alumni Job Finder and your University email account. Be sure to check the alumni webpage for upcoming events, information on staying involved, and other alumni benefits. You also will continue to have access to the library resources and services listed below:

  • Walk-in library assistance
  • Reference help while librarians are on duty
  • Library access during all library hours to both our Glendale and Downers Grove Campuses
  • Access to computer resources and databases within the library
  • Check out reserves for in library use only
  • Self-service photocopy, scan, and print services

Please note:  Access to library resources, such as Up-To-Date, Access Pharmacy, EBSCO, eBooks, ILLiad, etc., are no longer available to you remotely due to licensing restrictions.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Alumni Pulse and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to tour our new facilities. We always enjoy hearing from you!

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations

At a Glance

Midwestern University President and CEO Named Arizona Business Leader of the Year

Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., has been named Arizona Business Leader of the Year by Arizona Business Leaders magazine.More »

Midwestern University Appoints New Dean of Basic Sciences

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University, announces the promotion of Kyle Ramsey, Ph.D., to Dean of Basic Sciences for both the Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ campuses.More »

Midwestern University Promotes Dr. Joshua Baker to AZCOPT Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern University, is pleased to announce the promotion of Joshua C. Baker, O.D., M.S., to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT).More »

Midwestern University Opens Companion Animal Clinic

Arizona became home to a new state-of-the-art veterinary facility when Midwestern University opened the Companion Animal Clinic on December 16th at its Glendale Campus.More »

The Companion Animal Clinic, a part of the Midwestern University Animal Health Institute, opened in December.

The Companion Animal Clinic, a part of the Midwestern University Animal Health Institute, opened in December.

Student Case Studies

We are pleased to share a few case studies from current AZCOPT students. We hope you find them interesting and feel a sense of pride of the research continued at your alma mater.

CASE STUDY: The Case of Bilateral Red Eyes
Shane Johnston, OS-III
Faculty advisor: Joshua Baker, M.S., O.D., Associate Dean

This case involves a 35-year-old male patient with a complaint of severe red eyes. The redness began in his left eye and then in the right eye after five days, with light sensitivity, dryness, and a feeling of foreign bodies in the eyes. Examination resulted in a working diagnosis of hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, which was updated to epidemic keratoconjunctivitis upon followup. A treatment of topical anesthetic along with Betadine drops was administered, and after 72 hours the patient showed that the therapy was fully effective.

CASE STUDY: Alcohol-Associated Hypovitaminosis A
Catherine Dee, OS-III
Faculty advisor: Tina Porzukowiak, O.D., FAAO, Clinical Associate Professor

A 51-year-old female patient complained of severe blur, night blindness, and glare over a period of three years. In her medical history, she listed asthma, allergic rhinitis, and uncontrolled vitamin D deficiency. Her alcohol consumption was two to three beers per day and she smoked a pack of cigarettes daily. A dilated eye examination led to a recommendation for complete blood work; the results of the blood work led to a diagnosis of alcohol-associated hypovitaminosis A resulting in anemia, abnormal kidney function, Bitot spots, and suspected occult retinopathy. The patient received vitamin A injections and was cautioned to avoid alcohol and tobacco and referred to a primary care physician for further care.


2015 Chippin' in for Students Golf Classic

The 2015 Midwestern University Chippin' in for Students Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, March 23rd at Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale, AZ. Shotgun start is at 12:30 PM.More »

Class Notes

Let us know about your latest advancement, career achievements, awards, articles, engagements/marriages, births or any other news you would like to share. We also welcome photos of all alumni gatherings, recent ceremonies, or other photos pertaining to noteworthy events in your life. Click here to update us!

To view the latest news about your classmates, click here

Get Involved

H.O.M.E. Program in Need of Alumni Volunteers

Established as an extracurricular club at Midwestern University in 1999, the Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.) Program is an entirely student-run organization whose mission is to improve the health of homeless individuals in the greater Phoenix area while educating healthcare students about patient care and examinations. H.O.M.E. is composed of a dedicated team of community healthcare professionals and students from a variety of disciplines-osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dental, physician assistant, podiatry, clinical psychology, with optometry, veterinary and physical and occupational therapy coming soon-who visit homeless shelters to offer basic medical care and health education.

H.O.M.E. continues to rely on volunteer preceptors from the community. Can you help by volunteering your time and experience for three hours on a weeknight? H.O.M.E. volunteer professionals can qualify for CME category 2-B credit. If you are interested please contact the Michelle Mifflin, D.O., Director of H.O.M.E.

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