ASCO Cultural Competency Case Study Competition for Optometry Residents (2020)

2020 Competition Information and Entry Guidelines Document

The Cultural Competency Case Study Subcommittee of the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee (DCCC) announces the 2020 Cultural Competency Case Study Competition for Residents. The contest is open to individuals who are currently participating in an optometric residency as of July 1, 2020, through any of ASCO’s 23 accredited schools and colleges. The subcommittee will choose a winning case study and several additional case studies for inclusion in an expanded version of the ASCO Case Studies in Cultural Competency compilation, to be published late summer/early fall 2021. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a $750 travel voucher award to Academy 2021 and several runners-up will receive a complimentary resident registration to Academy 2021.

The submission window is open August 1, 2020 through 5pm ET on November 1, 2020. All case-study submissions become the property of ASCO for use in the compilation, other publications, and for educational uses such as workshops. To submit your entry, please follow the criteria and requirements (outlined in steps one through ten) of this document.

For the 2020 competition, entrants will be asked to describe a single patient-based encounter in detail, in any aspect of clinical education, and how cultural competency played a role. Submitted case studies should offer details regarding patient-centered attitudes exhibited; knowledge, skills and sensitivity demonstrated; the cultural background of the participants; and the cultural awareness/competency issue being highlighted. Case studies should describe how the situation was handled, what was done correctly and what possibly could have been done differently or better, and, most importantly, what can be learned from the experience. The winning submission and several other highly-rated entries will be compiled into an updated, expanded compilation (see link above) and made available to faculty and students at ASCO schools and colleges.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Ms. Carol Brubaker at