Guerrilla Eye Service



The Guerrilla Eye Service of the UPMC Eye Center is dedicated to eliminating barriers to eye care for patients in the Western Pennsylvania area. The GES is staffed by students, residents and faculty who are dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care to the residents of our area who would otherwise go without.

 

GES Events

Date
Title
Conference Series
Faculty
Location
04/09/2011 - 9:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA
Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA

Please note updated times. We'll be done by 1 pm.

Our mission on Saturday, April 9th will be to Cornerstone Care in Waynesburg, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Waynesburg is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Waynesburg mission will be preceded by a mission to Greensboro the day before. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


04/08/2011 - 10:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA
Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA

Our mission on Friday, April 8th will be to Cornerstone Care in Greensboro, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Greensboro is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Greensboro mission will be followed the next day by a mission to neighboring Waynesburg. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


03/21/2011 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, March 21 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


03/16/2011 - 5:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 3
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman and the GES team
Eye & Ear Institute 7th floor

Cataracts and Glaucoma

At this session of GES Boot Camp we're going to cover cataracts and glaucoma.

Please read the attached “Essentials” handouts and use this information and whatever you can get from the web to answer the questions in the “Case Conference” handouts. When we meet we'll go over the answers to the questions.

Please keep track of the web resources you use so I can share the best sites with the group.

After the case conference discussions we'll head into the clinic rooms again to practice techniques relevant to glaucoma. We'll practice tonometry, automated perimetry and ophthalmoscopy. We'll spend some time looking at stereoscopic pictures of optic nerves as well.


03/15/2011 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday March 15 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants.  We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


03/02/2011 - 5:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 2
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman and the GES team
EEI Building 7th floor

Refractive Error

At this session we will cover refractive error

We'll start by reviewing refractive error definitions and principles and move on to a review of the literature regarding the burden of refractive error globally, in the US, and in particular vulnerable populations. 

We'll follow with a introduction to the practice of refraction. 

During the hands on session we'll move into the exam rooms on the 7th floor of the EEI building and practice using the lensometers, autorefractors, retinoscopes and phoropters.

Attached below are reprints of articles regarding the burden of refractive error. There's a lot of material there. You don't need to read these in depth.

To get a head start on the practical aspects of refraction please review the material at the following websites.

OphthoBook Optics - this is an introduction with definitions and great illustrations. It's definitely worth reviewing in its entirety 

MedRounds Refraction Tutorial - this is an incredible resource. It's as close as you can get to hands on refraction training without having a patient in front of you. This will be very helpful for students who want to help with refraction during GES missions.


02/21/2011 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, February 21 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


02/16/2011 - 5:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 1
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman and the GES team
Eye & Ear 7th floor

Introductions
During the first session of GES Boot Camp we will
1) review the structure and function of the eye
2) review the structure of the eye exam
3) briefly review the major causes of visual impairment and blindness in the US & abroad.

Afferent Testing
During the hands on session we'll move to the exam rooms in the 7th floor of the EEI building learn and practice the proper exam techniques necessary for students who want to hit the ground running at a GES mission. At this session we will cover afferent testing, including learn how to assess vision, check pupils, color vision and confrontation fields.

The attached slide shows are designed to give you a preview of what we'll be covering. Please review them prior to the session.
The attached PDFs are reviews related to the incidence and causes of visual impairment and blindness in the US and worldwide.  

 

 

 

 


01/30/2011 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, January 30 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


01/24/2011 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, January 24 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


01/18/2011 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday January 18 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants.  We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


12/14/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday December 14 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants.  We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


11/22/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, November 22 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


11/06/2010 - 8:30am
GES Mission at the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo
Dr Alex Anetakis
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Our mission on Saturday, November 6, 2010 will be to the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This will be a screening mission and will focus on assessing risk as well as taking photos using the nonmydriatic camera.

The EXPO is a free event and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention.   Dr Alex Anetakis will be giving a brief patient oriented lecture and will lead the mission.

We'll need experienced GES team members to assist Dr Anetakis on his first outing.


11/02/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday November 2 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants.  We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


10/25/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, October 25 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


10/23/2010 - 8:30am
Cancelled - GES Mission at the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport
McKeesport 9th Street Clinic

Please note that this mission has been cancelled. We will reschedule at the next opportunity.

Our mission on Saturday October 23 will be to the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport in partnership with the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.  The 9th street clinic serves a community of uninsured adults many of whom require primary and eye care to help them stay productive in the community.  You can read more about the 9th street clinic here. Click here for Google directions


09/27/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, September 27 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


09/25/2010 - 9:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA
Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA

Please note, the new site in Waynesburg is about 2 blocks away from the old site. The Google map link below has been updated.

Our mission on Saturday, September 25th will be to Cornerstone Care in Waynesburg, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Waynesburg is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Waynesburg mission will be preceded by a mission to Greensboro the day before. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


09/24/2010 - 10:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA
Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA

Our mission on Friday, September 24th will be to Cornerstone Care in Greensboro, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Greensboro is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Greensboro mission will be followed the next day by a mission to neighboring Waynesburg. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


09/07/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday September 7th will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants.  We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


08/30/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, August 30 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


08/08/2010 - 12:30pm
GES Mission - Black Family Reunion
Schenley Park

The GES will have a screening table at this year's Black Family Reunion at the Schenley Oval on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8. On August 7 we'll do screenings from 12 noon until 2 pm. On August 8 we'll do screenings from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy have a  disproportionately high prevalence in the African American community. This will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of these conditions and to help people assess their risk for these preventable causes of blindness.


08/07/2010 - 11:30am
GES Mission - Black Family Reunion
Schenley Park

The GES will have a screening table at this year's Black Family Reunion at the Schenley Oval on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8.  On August 7 we'll do screenings from 12 noon until 2 pm.  On August 8 we'll do screenings from 1 pm to 3 pm. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy have a  disproportionately high prevalence in the African American community. This will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of these conditions and to help people assess their risk for these preventable causes of blindness.


07/26/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, July 26 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


07/20/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday July 20th will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SHHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SHHC. Click here for Google directions.


06/18/2010 - 10:00am
Verland Residential Treatment Center
Verland Residential Treatment Center

Our mission on Friday June 18th will be to the Verland Residential Treatment Center in the Sewickley.   Verland is a non-profit family of person-centered, community homes and services supporting over 200 individuals with intellectual disabilities, many of whom have multiple physical challenges.Directions to the Verland facility can be found at this link.


06/07/2010 - 6:00pm
GES at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, June 7 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic.


06/01/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday June 1st will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.


05/22/2010 (All day)
GES Mission at Jubilee Soup Kitchen
Jubilee Soup Kitchen

Our mission on Saturday May 22 will be our first to the Jubilee Kitchen in the Uptown neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The Jubilee Kitchen serves residents of our city challenged by poverty, illness, joblessness, or homelessness. They provide an array of services including

  • a Health Clinic
  • a Job Center
  • Prison and Prisoner Reentry Programs
  • a Food Bank
  • a Child Care Center

Click here for directions to the Jubillee Kitchen


05/17/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, May 17 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


05/11/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday May 11th will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.


04/10/2010 - 8:00am
GES Mission at the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport
McKeesport 9th Street Clinic

Our mission on Saturday April 10 will be to the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport in partnership with the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.  The 9th street clinic serves a community of uninsured adults many of whom require primary and eye care to help them stay productive in the community.  You can read more about the 9th street clinic here. Click here for Google directions


04/05/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, April 5 will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


03/24/2010 - 6:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 4
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman and Ravi Patel
7th floor EEI building, Waiting Room

Please note updated location

Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration

At this session of GES Boot Camp we're going to cover diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.
Please read the attached “Essentials” handouts and use this information and whatever you can get from the web to answer the questions in the “Case Conference” handouts.
When we meet we'll go over the answers to the questions.
Please keep track of the web resources you use so I can share the best sites with the group.

After the case conference discussions we'll head into the clinic rooms again to practice techniques relevant to diabetes and macular degeneration. We'll use the Amsler Grid, the direct ophthalmoscope, the indirect ophthalmoscope and the retinal camera . We'll spend some time looking at retina photos and optical coherence tomography images.


 


03/16/2010 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday March 16th will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.


03/09/2010 - 5:30pm
Catholic Charities Mission at UPMC Eye Center Mercy
UPMC Eye Center Mercy

Our mission on Tuesday March 9th will be for the patients of the Catholic Charities clinic. Catholic Charities provides primary, specialty and dental care primarily to the residents of downtown, uptown and the Hill districts.

We'll be hosting the mission at UPMC Eye Center Mercy so we have the rare pleasure of working with all the equipment we need. In addition we don't have to pack and unpack the van! Click here for directions. We'll be in suite 3103, 3rd floor of the D building.

Please use the signup links below to volunteer.


03/06/2010 - 9:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA
Cornerstone Care - Waynesburg, PA

Our mission on Saturday, March 6th will be to Cornerstone Care in Waynesburg, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Waynesburg is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Waynesburg mission will be preceded by a mission to Greensboro the day before. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


03/05/2010 - 10:00am
GES Mission at Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA
Cornerstone Care - Greensboro, PA

Our mission on Friday, March 5th will be to Cornerstone Care in Greensboro, PA. Cornerstone Care serves a largely rural community of patients in an area that is known for coal mining and glassmaking. Our focus at Greensboro is detection of diabetic retinopathy. Our Greensboro mission will be followed the next day by a mission to neighboring Waynesburg. GES members who want to stay overnight will be fed and lodged courtesy of Southwest PA AHEC.

Click here for Google directions


03/03/2010 - 6:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 3
Jake Waxman
Eye & Ear Institute 7th floor

Cataracts and Glaucoma

At this session of GES Boot Camp we're going to cover cataracts and glaucoma.
Please read the attached “Essentials” handouts and use this information and whatever you can get from

the web to answer the questions in the “Case Conference” handouts.
When we meet we'll go over the answers to the questions.
Please keep track of the web resources you use so I can share the best sites with the group.

After the case conference discussions we'll head into the clinic rooms again to practice techniques relevant to glaucoma. We'll practice tonometry, automated perimetry and ophthalmoscopy. We'll spend some time looking at stereoscopic pictures of optic nerves as well.


02/22/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, February 22nd will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


02/17/2010 - 6:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 2
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman, Eric Wu, Kari Eisley
EEI Building 7th floor

Refractive Error

At this session we will cover refractive error

We'll start by reviewing refractive error definitions and principles and move on to a review of the literature regarding the burden of refractive error globally, in the US, and in particular vulnerable populations. 

We'll follow with a introduction to the practice of refraction. 

During the hands on session we'll move into the exam rooms on the 7th floor of the EEI building and practice using the lensometers, autorefractors, retinoscopes and phoropters.

Attached below are reprints of articles regarding the burden of refractive error. There's a lot of material there. You don't need to read these in depth.

To get a head start on the practical aspects of refraction please review the material at the following websites.

OphthoBook Optics - this is an introduction with definitions and great illustrations. It's definitely worth reviewing in its entirety 

MedRounds Refraction Tutorial - this is an incredible resource. It's as close as you can get to hands on refraction training without having a patient in front of you. This will be very helpful for students who want to help with refraction during GES missions.


02/10/2010 - 6:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 2
Postponed

This event has been postponed due to weather.

The Burden of Eye Disease in the US and Abroad
Special Guest Speaker from Unite for Sight: Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder of Unite for Sight will
lead an interactive discussion on the burden of eye disease in the US and abroad and what we can do to
be the change.

Refractive Error
The lecture will be followed by a hands-on activity where students will learn more about the principles of refraction. Students will learn how to use the lensometer and autorefractor and learn the principles and indications for use of the retinoscope and phoropter.


01/25/2010 - 5:30pm
GES Mission at Birmingham Clinic
Birmingham Clinic

Our mission on Monday, January 25th will be to the Birmingham Clinic in the South Side neighborhood in partnership with the UPMC Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. Birmingham Clinic serves a diverse community of adults and children including immigrants. We often need Spanish translators at Birmingham Clinic. Click here for Google directions


01/19/2010 - 6:30pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Update Jan 18: Please note, there's still time to sign up for this mission.

Our mission on January 19th will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.

 


01/06/2010 - 6:00pm
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp - Session 1
Guerrilla Eye Service Boot Camp
Jake Waxman and the GES team
Scaife 422A & B

Please note new attachments

Introductions
During the first session of GES Boot Camp we will
1) review the structure and function of the eye
2) review the structure of the eye exam
3) briefly review the major causes of visual impairment and blindness in the US & abroad.

Afferent Testing
During the hands on session we will learn and practice the proper exam techniques necessary for students who want to hit the ground running at a GES mission. At this session we will cover afferent testing, including learn how to assess vision, check pupils, color vision and confrontation fields.

The attached slide shows are designed to give you a preview of what we'll be covering. Please review them prior to the session.
The attached PDFs are relatively recent reviews related to the incidence and causes of visual impairment and blindness in the US and worldwide. We'll spend some time reviewing the major diagnoses in preparation for Ms Staple-Clark's presentation on Feb 10


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