San Antonio Smorgasbord-Spaghetti Warehouse

SpaghettiMamma Mia! If you find yourself starving after watching Ratatouille, then Spaghetti Warehouse may be the restaurant for you. Their unique dining atmosphere includes a home-style/diner eating area, and if you are lucky, you may be seated in the trolley that is the center piece of the restaurant. Come out and enjoy a heaping pile of spaghetti with meatballs, or any other Italian mainstay.

You will not leave this restaurant without feeling completely full! If you do have a small area of your stomach that is unfilled, then you can top it off with a massive dessert of a brownie a la mode, or maybe some New York style cheesecake!

I got the classic spaghetti with meatballs, it was more than enough to fill me up, with the Caesar salad and bread that comes with every meal. I was even able to bring half of it home to eat for lunch sometime this week! So, if you are already craving some of that spicy Italian good-ness then go on down to Spaghetti Warehouse.
Spaghetti Warehouse

Here is the location:
Address: 1226 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone:(210) 299-1114

Andrew Yoder

I am a 3rd year intern at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. I was home grown in Dyersville, IA. I have a brother and sister, of which I am the youngest. My hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, and anything else my friends want to play, and jamming out on my guitar.

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Finals Week

Alas, the dreaded finals week is upon us! We all know it will happen and some of us choose to ignore the fact that it will occur after every semester of school, regardless of if we want it to or not. Some students look forward to finals because it means the end of the semester, and there is a break very near. Others dread finals for the obvious reasons. Whether or not you like taking finals, they are a fact of life, so we must carry on. books

In optometry school, you will no doubt have 6 or 7 finals after every semester, and maybe a few lab finals as well until your third year, where clinic becomes a vast majority of your school day. To be honest, I still don’t know how I make it through finals week every time. I guess you just put your nose to the grind stone, and get through it. Our finals, here at UIWRSO, are set up so we have 1 per day, and on occasion 2, and they are usually in the morning. So, if you are a night owl, you can pull an all-nighter, take the test, go home and sleep for a few hours, and then do it all again. I am definitely not an “all-nighter.” Some of my friends call me a grandpa because I like to go to bed by 10:30pm, so the next day I may take a short nap after the test and then study all day, and get to bed so I can get at least 7 hours of rest. I’m sure you have all heard somebody talk about a study that has shown that people perform better when getting an adequate amount of sleep. Now, we are all adults, and know our own strategy for taking tests, so to each their own.

Well, on Friday August 2, 2013, I had my first final for this semester in Research Methodology. This class is focused on how to perform research correctly, and how to analyze the data you receive from research. We had normal class in the morning from 7:30am to 10:00am and our final was at 10:00am. It was a short 50 question comprehensive final. It was only a 1.0 credit hour class, so it was not that difficult, but a few of my other tests will be!

The weekend was full of studying. I woke up Saturday morning and studied all day. I was able to take a break Saturday night and get in some good relaxation. After church Sunday morning I was back at it, studying until the sun went down. Even after all of that studying I did not feel completely ready for my test on Monday. I had studied as much as I could, and I just had to do my best. My test on Monday was in Pathology of the Posterior Segment II. In this class you learn about many of the disease processes that can affect the back of the eye. It is difficult, but will help you clinically. The rest of my Monday was, again, filled with studying for most of the day. My test on Tuesday was in Advanced Contact Lens, and was not as difficult as my test on Monday. In Advanced Contact Lens you will learn about all the very different modes and types of contact lens. Also, you will learn to recognize contact lens related diseases and how to treat them.

Tuesday morning arrived, again, I woke up at 6:00am to prepare myself to take another grueling test. Luckily, the material in Advanced Contact Lens was not as difficult as Posterior Segment. The test came and went, just as any other tests would. My Tuesday afternoon consisted of taking a nap to rejuvenate, and then studying for Case Analysis. This class focuses on teaching you to think like a clinician. A majority of the lectures are case presentations where as a class we ask questions and determine diagnoses of many different cases. You may wonder what the final for this class will consist of, well, you will be tested over the different cases presented in class. They will provide specific information about the case and you will make the best diagnosis based on the information.

Wednesday at 6:00am I again reviewed a few lectures and prepared for my test at 7:30am! The test was a blur, like all the rest. The test coming up on Thursday, won’t be a walk in the park though, so after my test Wednesday morning, I had to hit the books hard. Thursday’s test was in Strabismus and Amblyopia, when you get to this class you will understand. This class is tough, but you will leave feeling more confident in your skills. You will learn all about eye turns/deviations and begin to learn how to recognize and how to manage these cases clinically. EyeChart

My Thursday morning was exactly like the rest. I was more nervous about this test though. It was going to be difficult, and I spent every minute that morning reviewing and trying to make sure I was ready for that test. It was a tough test, but as long as you prepare well, you will perform well. By this time there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow morning would be the last final of the summer! It was in our glaucoma course. This class is focused on the clinical aspect of glaucoma diagnosis and management. It is a very useful class. Everything you learn will apply clinically. By the time you finish the final you will have a good idea on how to diagnose and treat glaucoma. My Thursday afternoon was not as intense, I took a few hours to relax and play some racquetball. My studying on Thursday afternoon was sub-par, at best. I was able to get through all the lectures, but it was very difficult to stay focused.

Friday morning came around, and I woke up at 6:30am this morning. The glaucoma test was not easy, but it was our easiest final of the six we took. I looked over a few things Friday morning, but I was not as worried about this test. The final came and went, and I remember walking out of the test room and feeling free! It was time to get some R&R and enjoy not studying for a whole week!

Finals weeks are always the same in optometry school. They are intense, but you always find a way to get through it. You put your nose to the grind, and spend most of your waking hours of that week studying. In the end it is worth it. Receiving good grades is great, but to be honest, sometimes just passing is a relief. In the end, hard work does pay off! If you are reading this and it is your finals week, then keep your chin up, it will be over soon. If you have made it to this point then you are smart enough, just hang in there!

Andrew Yoder

I am a 3rd year intern at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. I was home grown in Dyersville, IA. I have a brother and sister, of which I am the youngest. My hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, and anything else my friends want to play, and jamming out on my guitar.

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3 Classes That Made a BIG Difference In My Patient Care Education

I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, where I was exposed to the “Chicano culture” at an early age. When I was in middle school, I would often visit my friend’s house after school. Her mom would only speak to me in Spanish and that forced me to learn the language really quick! However, I didn’t just learn words, she taught me the culture, and how to be “polite” in the family. To this day, I thank Mrs. Muñoz. She really helped me understand that communication is more than just through words, it’s a culture connected by heritage.

When I’m at a vision screening with Spanish speaking patients, I get really excited! I see it as an opportunity for me to put myself out there and try to make the eye exam as comfortable as possible for the patient. Sometimes when I look around at the non-Spanish speaking volunteers, I sense their discomfort from not knowing the “right” word in Spanish. I can’t help but think that the uncertainty in one’s voice could make the patient feel even more uncomfortable. To me, excellent patient care is through open communication and communication is only half verbal. Body language, posture, eye contact, all play a key part in excellent patient care!

Spanish for optometrists

There are three classes at UIWRSO that really helped me work with the non-English speaking populations.

Dr. James Chapman is faculty at UIWRSO and a man of many hats, but as a first year intern we were introduced to him as our Healthcare System and Communications professor. He asked if anyone in the class of 2016 knew what anthropology was – there wasn’t a big response. I majored in Anthropology in my undergrad. Dr. Chapman’s class Healthcare System/Communications to me was a mini crash course in cultural/social/linguistic anthropology. Students who never took a course may have thought “well isn’t this ‘obvious’ to treat patients a certain way?” Yes and no – there are international students, interns from across the nation and across different socioeconomic classes. This course really taught us to value excellent optometric patient care while respecting different cultural backgrounds.

The Orientation/Optometry/Ethics is a 1 unit course that was unique because we had guest speakers come talk about multiple subjects like compassion, justice, ethics and topics that I feel no other school will touch upon. Mrs. Kristine Benne is our lead instructor for this course and is also part of the Student Affairs team. The accreditation council dubbed UIWRSO’s Student Affairs office one of the best in the nation and I second that! She invited a philosophy professor, a nun, a politician, and leaders to give interactive lectures; although interns may or may not agree with the speakers’ point of view, I always enjoyed trying to understand their perspective and make sure that I treat different opinions with the utmost respect.

UIWRSO also offers an elective course called “Spanish for Optometrists” that is taught by Dr. Amalia Mondriguez and she is probably the sweetest lady I have ever met! Her smiles never end and her lessons were really effective in teaching Spanish. I liked how she always had something new planned to stimulate a different part of the brain and correlated it with the Spanish language. We had multiple icebreakers, played Bingo, performed skits, sang songs, and much more. She was also the Spanish teacher for our pharmacy school, so we learned some extra vocabulary in terms of common drugs and usage. UIWRSO currently only offers Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 in the summer, so the first years who went to break missed this opportunity, but the ones that stayed received an extensive Spanish vocab book and a new-found confidence communicating to Spanish-only speakers.

Dr. Mondriguez

I am glad my school always makes interns go above and beyond and take extra classes that others may think as “unimportant” from the clinical point-of-view.  When I have a patient in my chair I will always remember what these classes taught me!

Vision Screening in the Coliseum!

UNIVISION : 11th Annual Latina Health Conference

Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 8am - 12pm at Freeman Coliseum, SATX

It was my first time to this part of San Antonio; the Freeman Coliseum is next to the AT&T Center, and I saw tour buses piling in for the Warp Tour this weekend! The AT&T Center is a venue for concerts and it’s where the Spurs play! As we parked the school van in the Coliseum lot, the interns rushed out to help Mr. Nathan McCarthy, C.O.A., UIW Eye Institute, unload the van. I am always surprised at how efficient and prepared Nathan is at vision screening and community events. There were only 2 big black bins and 2 instruments: Non-Contact Tonometry (NCT) Machine and Auto-refractor (AR). We rolled our equipment into a golden dome-shaped building.

Once inside, we worked with the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing students to set up the tables, lanes, etc. They also helped with patient check-in and translations. The patients would fill out paperwork and sit in the waiting area until they are called. There were 8 UIWRSO volunteers and two faculties in attendance.

Thien Tran is a 4th year Intern at UIWRSO who was in charge of running the show. Due to the number of volunteers for such a huge event, Thien decided to setup the vision screening slightly differently from previous screenings. Instead of having stations for Visual Acuities/Cover Test (VA/CT), Retinoscopy (RET) and Direct Ophthalmoscopy (DO), there was 6 individual lanes where the patients stay with a volunteer for the entire time until they are ready for consult with Dr. Connor and/or Dr. Majcher.

Some first years that volunteered just came back from their extended summer vacation so they felt unprepared, but once the patients sat on their chair, I noticed that the hours of practice from last year paid off!

UIWRSO Interns
UIWRSO Interns

Thien’s detailed email excerpt: (optometrists sure love their acronyms!)

– Screening tests to perform:

– VA – distance OD, OS, corrected, Near OU

– CT – Best corrected D, D&N on pediatric

– Lang Stereo – only on pediatric

– EOMs

– Retinoscopy – regular Ret or Over-Retinoscopy

– DO – ONH, macula

– IOP will be check using I-Care only on patient >35yoa or with H/O Glc

– Dress code

– Clinic attire with your white coat

– Equipments to bring

– Transilluminator, Ret, DO,

– Near card (with pediatric symbols)

– Skiascopy bar

– Horizontal prism bar

– Occluder


A little about the sponsors:

Univision 41 is a Spanish Television station in San Antonio.

Every year they put on a free event to the public.

LORE: Join us on August 3rd for the 11th Annual Latina Health Conference to receive FREE health screenings such as: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Dental, Vision, and Back to school immunizations. Latina Health Conference presented by Univision will also be offering: Zumba, Yoga, and FUN for the whole family.

 At the end of the screening around noon time, volunteers were fed sandwiches! We took a group picture and packed up all our equipment! I had loads of fun! I really enjoy working with the pediatric patients, and getting more and more comfortable with my Spanish. Speaking of which, I bumped into my favorite Optometry Spanish teacher Amalia Mondríguez.

I will surely blog about how this class helped me a lot in the San Antonio Community! Look forward to it!!!