Keeping a Close Eye on Halloween Safety

When talking about Halloween safety, we tend to think about the importance of flashlights, staying with a group and wearing bright colors, but do you ever think about eye safety? You should, according to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schaal recently took to Facebook to enlighten our followers about the dangers novelty contacts, masks and sprays can pose to one’s eyes as we transform ourselves into ghouls and goblins! Watch her Facebook Live video to learn the best ways to keep your eyes protected this Halloween!

Dr. Schaal Profiled in WBJ for ‘Fresh Eyes on Ophthalmology’

Dr. Schaal

“In just two years’ time as the department chair of ophthalmology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Shlomit Schaal, MD, Phd, has done about as much as a medical chair might hope to accomplish during a career,” wrote Worcester Business Journal reporter, Grant Welker, following a recent one-to-one interview with Dr. Schaal. Read the article. Learn why Dr. Schaal chose to accept the position at our Medical Center; how she and her team were able to bring the department’s booking times down from five months to same-day visits at some locations; and what other exciting changes are afoot for this innovative department.

Area’s First Pediatric Eye Unit Now Open at Our Medical Center

Dr. Johnston (photo courtesy of the Worcester Business Journal)

Parents used to have to drive all the way to Boston for their child’s eye surgery, but not anymore! Our Medical Center recently opened the first pediatric eye surgery unit in Worcester on our Hahnemann Campus. Suzanne Johnston, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, joined the eye team last month and performs surgeries at the Eye Center twice a month. “Convenient, closer to home access to expert eye care will make a huge difference in the lives of families and their children in this area,” said Shlomit Schaal, MD, chair of ophthalmology. Read the Worcester Business Journal story.

Physicians: It’s Time to Apply for the PACE Award!

Pictured, from left, are previous PACE Award winners Drs. Fisher and Muehlschlegel with award chairs Drs. Schaal and Rosen.

All Medical Group physicians are invited to apply for the Prize for Academic Collaboration and Excellence (PACE) Award. Now in its second cycle, the award supports cutting-edge research between departments and showcases our commitment to academic research with a $200,000 prize awarded over the course of two years. Winners will be chosen based on merit, collaboration and growth opportunity. New this year: Runners-up from year one can resubmit; one of the principle investigators must be an assistant or associate professor; and remember to align to True North. The deadline for submission is July 31. Learn more about the award and how to apply. Email Max Rosen, MD, or Shlomit Schaal, MD, with questions. Read Telegram & Gazette story.

Dr. Schaal Named Fellow for Women in Medicine Program

Dr. Schaal

The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia has named Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology, a fellow in the class of 2017-2018. This intensive year-long program for women in medicine develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment, with a special focus on the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. “As a new chair, I face many challenges,” said Dr. Schaal. She added, “I anticipate that by participating in ELAM, I will develop my leadership and my communications skills, and acquire management skills and administrative knowledge that will allow me to better serve.”