Aaron Shukla

Professor

651-690-7862

avshukla@stkate.edu

Ph.D., Geology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Master of Arts, Geology
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Associate of Applied Science, Ophthalmic Medical Technology
Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Certifications:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), 2000–Present
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), 1997

Interviewed by Star Tribune, Dec. 2, 2016, for explaining eye injury to NFL. (2016). Vikings coach, Mike Zimmer http://www.startribune.com/the-evolution-from-an-e...

Service Award. (2016). St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.

Portland Community College Diamond Alumni Award (2012).

STAR recognition. (2009). St. Catherine University.

First-place winner. (2003). ATPO Tech Bowl, Anaheim, CA.

Outstanding Faculty Award. (2001). UAMS (OMT).

Graduated summa cum laude. (1996). Ophthalmic Medical Technology, PCC.

President’s List. (1995). Ophthalmic Medical Technology, PCC.

Excellence in Poster Presentation award (Geology). (1988).

Gold Medal for M.Sc. (Geology). (1974).

Graduated summa cum laude (Geology). (1973).

Employment History

Program Director & Associate Professor, Ophthalmic Technician Program, St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN

Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, Eye Care Associates, P.A., Minneapolis, MN

Director Programs and Services, JCAHPO, St. Paul, MN

Chairman and Asst. Prof., Jones Eye Inst. and College of Health Related Professions, Dept. of Ophthalmic Technologies, Univ. Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Cert. Clinical & Surgical Assistant (COT), Eye Care Specialists and Laser & Surgery Center, Clarkston, WA

Senior Geologist, Texaco Research Lab (now, Chevron), Bellaire, TX

Professional Activities

Editorial Board, ATPO Viewpoints, 2016

Service Award, St. Catherine University, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, 2016

Editorial Board, ATPO Viewpoints, 2015

Editorial Board, ATPO Viewpoints, 2014

Editorial Board, ATPO Viewpoints, 2013

Fellow, ATPO, 2013

Bylaws Committee, ATPO, 2013

Elected to UCAP, St. Catherine University, 2012

Appointed to HSSH-SCAC, St. Catherine University, 2012

Editorial Board member, 2011 ATPO Viewpoints, 2012

Committee member, 2011 ATPO Viewpoints, 2012

Panel Member, Research in Healthcare, HS School of Health St. Catherine University, 2012

Board member, Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP), 2012

Editorial Board member, 2011 ATPO Viewpoints, 2011

Committee member, 2011 ATPO Viewpoints, 2011

Board member, Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP), 2011

President, Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP), 2011

Committee member, 2010 ATPO Scientific Session, Orlando, FL, 2011

Committee member, 2010 ATPO Scientific Session, Chicago, IL, 2010

Vice President, Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP), 2010

Board member, Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP), 2010

Immediate Past President, ATPO, 2010

Committee member, 2009 ATPO Scientific Session, Chicago, IL, 2009

President, ATPO, 2009

Board member, Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP), 2009

Committee member, 2008 ATPO Scientific Session, San Francisco, CA, 2008

Northern U.S. Representative, Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP), 2008

Vice President, ATPO, 2007

Committee member, 2007 ATPO Scientific Session, New Orleans, LA, 2007

Member, Minnesota Contact Lens Society, 2007–Present

Member Ethics Committee, ATPO, 2006

Member, Education Committee, ATPO, 2006

Course instructor, Minnesota Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, 2006

Consultant (Ophthalmology) for The College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, MN, 2006

Committee member, 2006 ATPO Scientific Session, Las Vegas, NV, 2006

Nominated for Vice-President Elect ATPO, 2006

Editorial board member for the Journal of Ophthalmic Medical Technology (www.JOMTonline.com), 2005

JCAHPO COMT board examination evaluator, 2004

Vice-President Elect ATPO, 2004

Nominated for JCAHPO Task Force (ad hoc), 2004

Co-chair, ATPO Task Force for developing a COMT Practical Review course, 2003

Member, Joint Comm. on Allied Health Professions in Ophthalmology, 1996–Present

Instructor, Joint Comm. on Allied Health Professions in Ophthalmology, 1996–Present

Member, Association Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, 1996–Present

“Retinoscopy and Refractometry” in Principles and Practice in Ophthalmic Assisting: A Comprehensive, Essential Text for Study and Application, Slack Inc., 2017 (expected; currently being reviewed).

Clinical Optics Primer for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel: A Guide to Laws, Formulae, Calculations, and Clinical Applications, SLACK Inc., 2009.

Sterile Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery, Allergan E-Learning, BSM Consulting, 2007

Protocol for Pupil Examination, Journal of Ophthalmic Medical Technology, v. 2, no. 3, September 2006 (http://www.jomtonline.com/.)

Critical thinking protocols for ophthalmic medical personnel: Refractometry, in, J. Ophthalmic Nursing & Technology, Feb. 1999.

Improving the role of the ophthalmic assistant, in, Ophthalmic Medical Technology Newsletter, Portland, OR, Nov. 1998.

Sterile techniques in ophthalmic surgery, in, Proceedings, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 1998.

Refractometry refining and balance, in, Proceedings, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 1998.

Sterile techniques in ophthalmic surgery, in, Proceedings, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Annual Meeting, WA, 1997.

Principles of retinoscopy and refractometry, in, Proceedings, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 1997.

I Can’t See…Wait, Are there Two of You? ATPO Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL, October 2016.

WEBINAR – Introduction to Corneal Topography, JCAHPO Webinar series, July 2014.

Light and Optics, JCAHPO Lecture, Annual CE Program, Chicago, IL, October, 2012; New Orleans, LA, November 2013; New Orleans, LA, November 2013; Chicago, IL, October 2014; Las Vegas, NV, November 2015; Chicago, IL, October 2016 (moved to online).

WEBINAR – Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting, JCAHPO Webinar series, February 2012.

WEBINAR – Optics II: Physiologic Optics: Light and the Human Eye, JCAHPO Webinar series, September 2011.

WEBINAR – Optics I: Light, Lenses, Prisms, and Mirrors, JCAHPO Webinar series, February 2011.

Refractive Changes in the Eye, ATPO Annual Scientific Session & Grand Rounds, Atlanta, GA, November 2008.

Ocular Motility – Binocular Fusion, JCAHPO Workshop, JCAHPO Annual CE Program, Atlanta, GA, November 2008; San Francisco, CA, October 2009; Chicago, IL, October 2010; Orlando, FL, October 2011 Chicago, IL, November 2012 New Orleans, LA, November 2013; Chicago, IL, October 2014; Las Vegas, NV, November 2015;Chicago, IL, October 2016.

Introduction to Corneal Topography, JCAHPO Lecture, Annual CE Program, Atlanta, GA, November 2008; San Francisco, CA, October 2009; Chicago, IL, October 2010; Orlando, FL, October 2011; Chicago, IL, November 2012 New Orleans, LA, November 2013; Chicago, IL, October 2014; Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.

Testing Pupil Function – RAPD and More, ATPO, Minnesota Regional Educational Meeting, January 2008.

Unstable Refractions, Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO), Scientific Session, November 2006, Las Vegas, NV.

Review of Optics; Pharmacology; and Visual Fields: Minnesota Society of Ophthalmic Administrators COT Review course, 2006, Minneapolis, MN.

Optics: Minnesota Society of Ophthalmic Administrators COT Review course, 2006, Minneapolis, MN.

Ocular Motility: Minnesota Society of Ophthalmic Administrators COT Review course, 2006, Minneapolis, MN.

Ocular Motility (Intermediate) workshop: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology(JCAHPO), Annual Continuing Education Program, October 2005, Chicago, IL; November 2006, Las Vegas, NV; Atlanta, GA, November 2008; San Francisco, CA, October 2009; Chicago, IL, October 2010; Orlando, FL, October 2011; Chicago, IL, November 2012; New Orleans, LA, November 2013; Chicago, IL, October 2014; Las Vegas, NV, November 2015; Chicago, IL, October 2016.

Ocular Motility (Basic) workshop: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Annual Continuing Education Program, October 2005, Chicago, IL; November 2006, Las Vegas, NV; Atlanta, GA, November 2008; San Francisco, CA, October 2009; Chicago, IL, October 2010; Orlando, FL, October 2011; Chicago, IL, November 2012; New Orleans, LA, November 2013; Chicago, IL, October 2014; Las Vegas, NV, November 2015; Chicago, IL, October 2016.

Learning Systems demonstration (Keratometry; Lensometry; Ocular Motility; Retinoscopy & Refinement; and Visual Fields): Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Regional Continuing Education Meeting, September 2005, Asheville, NC.

Conducted COT Roundtable Discussion: Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO), Scientific Session, November 2003, Los Angeles, CA.

Retinoscopy workshop: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Annual Continuing Education Program, October 2002, Orlando, FL; November 2003, Anaheim, CA; November 2004, New Orleans, LA; Washington, D.C., 2005; October 2005, Chicago, IL.

Optics & vergence – the making of images: Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO), Scientific Session, October 2002, Orlando, FL.

Retinoscopy workshop: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Annual Continuing Education Program, November 2001, New Orleans, LA.

Ophthalmology review course for JCAHPO COA and COT Candidates: Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, Scientific Session, November 2001, New Orleans, LA.

Multiple etiologies of blurry vision: Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO), Scientific Session, November 2001, New Orleans, LA.