Page 14 of Eyelidoc Travel Blog Posts


North America » United States » Texas February 11th 2015

Feb 11, 2015 (somewhere over Texas) We are about half way to ATL cruising smoothly at 37,000 feet in a packed Delta 737. Online with GoGo internet access catching up on final "to dos" before losing bandwidth on the other side of the Atlantic.... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego February 11th 2015

February 11, 2015 (San Diego, CA) Well its that daunting time again...heading to the airport for the marathon trip from the west coast of the US to the East coast of Africa. At dinner last night a friend asked me if we fly east or west, and we figured out it probably was about the same. I'm leaving from SAN to ATL (non-stop flight) and then meeting up with two colleagues from OU in ATL. From there we take the 15 1/2 hour non-stop to Johannesburg, South Africa, then on to Swaziland. Looking forward to a new experience - this time spending some time working with a team doing outreach to remote areas, developing their vision screening program.... read more


June 16, 2014 (Oklahoma City) After a smooth international flight, our itinerary from Chicago home fell apart. On arrival, I used my Global Entry pass to get through immigration and bypass the very long lines and promptly was rejected by the system. No reason given. This led me quickly to an immigration officer who reviewed my documents and called another officer over and said go with her. I asked him why my global entry pass hadn't worked. No answer. Well thats when it gets interesting. First thing that happens is all your documents are taken away and you are seated in a large room (I call it immigration jail...do not pass go). Nobody attending it, but an officer walks through every once in a while. No phones/cameras allowed. A bit intimidating and again no explanation of ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 15th 2014

June 15, 2014 (Chicago) having traversed the international date line, our 14 hour flight only took us a couple of hours. We landed in Chicago a few inputs ago. Nice smooth trip! One more leg and we 're home!!... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 14th 2014

June 15, 2014 (Chengdu) Up early this morning to pack and head off to the airport by 6 am. We had a full, busy day yesterday - finishing up the Ophthalmology meeting, then meeting with administration the remainder of the day to model out the International Eye Care Wing and begin preparing the implementation plan. We finished off the day with the inevitable "hot pot" dinner - at a new venue in a cool part of town near the hotel. Its always such a special time with all our friends from SPPH - many of them we've seen here on an annual basis for over a decade. We also have had the pleasure of our "alumni" residents coming back for our visit from their placements in rural Sichuan and join us for the dinner. Moving forward ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 13th 2014

June 14, 2014 (Chengdu) Just some random photos from the trip...... read more
Teaching Rounds
Tyler at the Whiteboard
Kevin at the Whiteboard

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 13th 2014

June 13, 2014 (Chengdu) A few of us are still waking up at 4 or 5 am local time, but today we actually had something to do...watch the opening match of the FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia (Brazil 3-1!). After an early breakfast, we headed to the conference center - a different location than we've been before - for the International Sichuan Ophthalmology Symposium. Several hundred attendees and a large number of ophthalmic industry exhibitors filled the space. It was an impressive venue, and watching Kenny Lai's video of optic nerve sheath decompression on a screen made up of 24 large screen TVs (6 X 4 65" flat screens) was pretty cool. In addition to our team's presentations, there were quite a few more faculty from prominent institutes in Eastern China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou) ... read more
Opening Speeches
Dr. Farris Presenting

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 12th 2014

June 12, 2014 (Chengdu) China doesn't cease to amaze me. As we have been having discussions with SPPH about a new wing in one of their hospitals for an International Eye Care Wing, the objective all along has been to develop a sister eye institute in Chengdu, patterned after the concept behind the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Last year they showed us a new campus where they had 260 acres set aside for several new hospitals. Given the recent developments with UESTC, they were offered a location in Chengdu's Medical City. This is a high tech research park where the government built a hospital facility to attract a group to house a hospital. Recently the outside has been completed, but the inside is still unfinished...but it has remained empty. Built with state dollar, this several hundred ... read more
Chengdu Medical City Hospital

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 12th 2014

June 12, 2014 (Chengdu) We spent the misty drizzly afternoon meeting with the administration of the UESTC. Late last year, a partnership was developed between UESTC and SPPH to advance the University's life sciences program and develop a new medical school. Dr. Richard Yang, vice-president of SPPH, has worked hard to get the collaboration going. UESTC is a premiere, top tier, Chinese "Ivy League" university - but its focus has been on information technology. It does have a robust life sciences curriculum already, but the desire was to develop a medical school program. They saw the ophthalmology center we are developing with SPPH as a great trial balloon on the approach of integrating international specialists, academic institutions and large hospital systems to develop a unique, world-class medical school. The student body at UESTC is among the ... read more
Recent Graduates Celebrating in the Mist
UESTC Main Campus Building
Strolling through UESTC Campus with Dr. Yang

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 12th 2014

June 12, 2014 (Chengdu) The morning was spent at SPPH where we spent time with Dr. Wu (Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology) preparing the business plan for the international eye wing in the hospital. We had done most of the work last year, but somehow there wasn't the political willpower to get it implemented, so there was a renewed optimism to do it this year. We put a powerpoint presentation together and will send that to the VP of the Hospital to share with his staff. The afternoon was spent at the University that the SPPH hospital was just recently affiliated with, and where they will house the new Medical School just recently announced by Dr. Yang. The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China is one of the country's top IT schools, with ... read more




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