ASCO Represents the Profession of Optometry in the Recently Released Evidence-Based Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment Tool

The importance of interprofessional education (IPE) has taken a more prominent place in the ever growing healthcare climate with the recent publication of an article entitled, “The Intersection of Professionalism and Interprofessional Care: Development and Initial Testing of the Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment.”

The article is co-authored by Dr. John Nishimoto, the ASCO liaison to the Interprofessionalism Professionalism Collaborative (IPC) and Senior Associate Dean for Professional Affairs and Clinical Education at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. The article can be viewed at: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/gmjh4Y4qEU95HUTg8jPQ/full.

The article also describes an assessment tool that measures student performance of interprofessional professionalism between various providers. 

“Representing optometry in IPE and during the creation of this article reinforces how important eye and vision health is when assessing the health of a patient,” says Dr. Nishimoto. “The hope is that IPE becomes the norm in all healthcare settings and that the patient continues to benefit from it.”

“IPE is a prominent part of the education each optometry student receives in our 23 institutions,” says Dr. David Damari, ASCO President and Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at
Ferris State University. “ASCO is proud to be part of the IPC and looks forward to many more collaborative efforts in the future.”

The collaborators of the IPC are: American Association of Colleges of Nursing; American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; American Dental Education Association; American Occupational Therapy Association; American Physical Therapy Association; American Psychological Association;
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Association of American Medical Colleges;
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry; and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Additional information regarding Interprofessional Professionalism including at Toolkit can be found at http://www.interprofessionalprofessionalism.org/