The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce that there was a 3.7% increase in applicants compared to the previous application cycle, as well as an 18% increase and a 7% increase in Black and Latino/Hispanic applicants respectively.

The 2020 application cycle ran from July 27, 2019 through June 15, 2020.

There were 2,563 applicants who submitted a total of 11,873 applications. For applications, OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) experienced a 1.1% increase in applications submitted compared to last year.

Optometry Gives Me Life, which was launched in March 2019, was developed due to a downward decline in recent years of qualified applicants to the first-year classes, and the lack of diversity amongst the applicants, of the 23 schools and colleges of optometry.

“These results are promising. For the first time in three years, we are seeing an increase in applicants,” says Dr. John Flanagan, ASCO President. “The data from the first year of the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign has dramatically increased awareness of the profession to potential students who may not be aware of optometry. The campaign also targets qualified students from underrepresented groups. We know there is much work left to be done but we renew our commitment to reach and to bring the best and brightest to the field of optometry.”

ASCO wishes to thank its sponsors VSP Global, Alcon, Luxottica, Hoya, National Vision, Allergan, CooperVision, and the California Optometric Association as well as the 23 schools and colleges of optometry for their support to the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign.

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ROCKVILLE, MD, August 5, 2020 – ASCO is extremely pleased to announce its public awareness campaign, Optometry Gives Me Life, is named a 2020 Power of A Gold Award Winner by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

The Power of A Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation, and making a better world, including educating outside audiences about the true value of associations and the resources they bring to bear on our nation’s most pressing problems.

“Congratulations to this year’s Summit Award winners, whose range of activities speak to the incredible influence associations have on society,” said Barry Pilson, CAE, Vice President, Membership and Marketing, National Business Officers Association and this year’s chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “We look forward to celebrating exceptional work in the association community every year, but with the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially gratifying in ASAE’s Centennial year to recognize and salute association excellence. Associations make a notable difference in the world and that’s one thing this current crisis has only magnified.”

“ASCO’s Optometry Gives Me Life was born from a troubling decline in applicants to our 23 optometry schools and colleges,” says ASCO President, Dr. John Flanagan. “Through this campaign, launched in March 2019, we are already seeing an increase in the number of qualified applicants, including underrepresented groups, and have dramatically increased the exposure of the profession of optometry to college students nationwide.”

“We thank ASAE for this honor and appreciate this recognition,” says Dr. Lewis Reich, Chair of ASCO’s Applicant Pool Development Task Force. “This campaign is in its infancy and we hope to continue it for at least three more years. The support of all our institutions, ASCO staff, members of the task force, and especially the campaign sponsors, have allowed us to fund this campaign and reach the best and the brightest college students entering a health profession. Your support has been invaluable and we couldn’t have done this without you.”

ASCO thanks the Optometry Gives Me Life sponsors: All 23 schools and colleges of optometry; VSPGlobal, Alcon, Essilor, Luxottica; Hoya; National Vision, Allergan, CooperVision, and the California Optometric Association.

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) advances optometric education and research to enhance the health and well-being of the public. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry. Its membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate and associate members.


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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and CooperVision understand that COVID-19 has greatly impacted student financial resources, loss of income, and financial aid opportunities. As a result, CooperVision donated $25,000 to start a 2020-2021 ASCO Student Relief Program, which will provide emergency funding to support students attending an ASCO member school or college of optometry.

ASCO’s President Dr. John Flanagan, Dean at the University of California – Berkeley School of Optometry, noted, “ASCO has been increasingly concerned about the added stress and financial burdens placed on our optometry students as a result of COVID-19. Our partnership with CooperVision will allow ASCO the opportunity to provide much-needed relief to ease this additional stress. CooperVision’s mission is united in its strong desire to help others, which is demonstrated through their support of ASCO and our students.”

“COVID-19 has impacted nearly every area of our lives in some shape or form. At CooperVision, we are continuously evaluating ways to support current and future eye care professionals through these challenges,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America, CooperVision. “Through the ASCO Student Relief Program, we can help students dedicated to building careers in optometry by ensuring they can keep progressing in their education, and ultimately, the achievement of their goals.”

Each of ASCO’s schools and colleges of optometry will select either one (1) student to receive a $1,000 grant or two (2) students to each receive a $500 grant. ASCO and CooperVision will not be involved in selecting the grant recipients.  Each institution will develop its criteria. While this is a need-based grant, not based on an academic achievement, the student must demonstrate academic progress. Institutions are encouraged to prioritize awarding students with the greatest financial need. This is a one year program to provide financial assistance as a result of students impacted by COVID-19.

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announces its support of a nationwide pause on advertising on Facebook and Instagram social media channels at least through the month of July. Called “Stop Hate for Profit,” the purpose of the boycott is to encourage Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) to change its monitoring policies and procedures to stop postings that incite hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence.

“We believe it would be irresponsible to continue advertising at a time when so many voices have spoken up for positive change,” said ASCO President John Flanagan. ASCO’s Optometry Gives Me Life awareness campaign has been using both the Facebook and Instagram platforms to reach undergraduates with a message about the benefits of pursuing a career in optometry.

Dr. Lewis Reich, Chair of ASCO’s Applicant Pool Development Task Force which oversees the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign, agrees. “We have multiple ways to reach our target audience, so the Stop Hate for Profit protest won’t be stopping our outreach.”


The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) advances optometric education and research to enhance the health and well-being of the public. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry. Its membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate and associate members.

For more information on the Stop Hate for Profit movement, visit Information about ASCO’s Optometry Gives Me Life campaign can be found at https://www.futureeyedoc/. Visit for information about ASCO.

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announces the recipients of the 2020 Special Recognition Awards.

ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Janice Scharre is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner and ASCO’s first female recipient. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who, over an extended period of time, provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education; made outstanding contributions to the optometric community; and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.

Dr. Janice Scharre began her optometric career as a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1976. Shortly after graduation, she joined the faculty at ICO, where she served in a variety of capacities. Among the awards she received at ICO was the Inaugural Dr. Joseph L. Henry Achievement Award in June 2007.

Dr. Scharre with her colleague, Dr. David Heath, developed and implemented the Association of Schools and Colleges Faculty Development Institute – a program designed to enhance faculty teaching and professional development skills.

In 2014, Dr. Scharre joined Salus University as the Provost. At Salus, she had the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary educational setting with Pennsylvania College of Optometry as the founding college of the University. Dr. Scharre was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Salus University. She retired from Salus in 2018.

“I am honored to be the 2020 recipient of ASCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Dr. Scharre. “I have had the opportunity to work with gifted faculty and dedicated administrators on behalf of students and patients throughout my career. I have been blessed with supportive mentors and colleagues in my work. My accomplishments are a reflection of those who have supported and guided me throughout my career. It is humbling to me to be recognized from my peers in this way.

“The work that ASCO does for the enhancement of optometric education and the profession is outstanding. Over the years I have witnessed this group take on difficult issues and develop and implement strategies for the good of students, the profession, and the public,” she continues. “We currently are in the most significant time of disruption to optometric training that I have ever seen in my lifetime. I am confident that, as a collective body, you will continue to maintain a high quality of optometric education for our students and patients.”

ASCO Rising Star Award
Sponsored by Oculus, the ASCO Rising Star Award is given to an outstanding faculty member or administrator with less than seven years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to fulfilling the mission, strategic objections, or programs of ASCO. This year’s Rising Star awardee is Erik Mothersbaugh, OD, MPH.

Dr. Erik Mothersbaugh serves as the Dean of Student Affairs at Illinois College of Optometry, where he is primarily focused on the areas of Recruiting, Admissions, and Student Services. He is an alum of ICO, who after completing his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012 stayed to complete a Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease. He then served full-time on ICO’s faculty before joining the President’s Administrative Cabinet in 2018. During his time as a faculty member he taught courses in Visual Optics and Ethics in addition to patient care responsibilities in the Primary Care and Urgent Care services of the Illinois Eye Institute.

“It is an honor to be recognized by ASCO for this award,” says Dr. Mothersbaugh. “Among this group I have no shortage of mentorship. I am incredibly grateful to be part of an organization so dedicated to high quality education and the future of the profession of Optometry. Thank you!”

ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics
This annual national award, sponsored by Alcon, is available to optometry students during any point of their professional program at an ASCO-affiliated school or college of optometry in the United States and Canada. The application consists of an essay of up to 1,500 words describing any one of the following scenarios:

  1. A patient based case-study that the student encountered as part of their clinical learning experience.
  2. A research based case scenario that the student has encountered during their clinical or didactic learning experience.
  3. A professional ethics based scenario that the student has encountered during their clinical or didactic learning.


ASCO and the Ethics Educators SIG are pleased to announce Ryan Yuan as the winner of the 2020 Student Award in Clinical Ethics. This annual national award provides the winner with a $1,000 award check and an acrylic engraved plaque.

Dr. Yuan is a recent 2020 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. His winning essay, “Ethics of Ocular Pain Management,” will also be featured in ASCO’s Journal, Optometric Education.

Dr. Yuan was sent his award and was virtually acknowledged during his graduation ceremony.

Drs Scharre and Mothersbaugh will be acknowledged during ASCO’s virtual Annual Business Meeting on June 24, 2020. ASCO’s Annual Meeting is open to all who wish to attend. Register for the meeting at Registrants will receive a link to attend the meeting soon after.

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We are living in difficult times.  The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) champions our core values of Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion and Integrity. We embrace diversity of opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds. As health care professionals and educators, we abhor bigotry of any kind, and we are appalled by the blatant racism in our society and violence in our communities. We experience the grief of loss, through the COVID-19 pandemic and through the violence of recent events, and witness that our loss is disproportionately affecting minorities and our colleagues, friends, and family of color.

We need to carry the banner for fundamental change in our society so that people of all backgrounds and experiences, especially persons of color, know in their hearts that we value their contributions, respect their dignity, and ensure that they can count on equal treatment under the law. We believe it is important to witness and confront current events, to speak the names of the victims. In our various communities, we must act to ensure that the senseless killing of George Floyd and many others before him, will be a catalyst to a just and equitable society.

ASCO, in partnership with the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the National Optometric Association, organized an attendance-breaking workshop on diversity in optometric education in concert with the 2020 AAO At Home Conference. Our national public education campaign Optometry Gives Me Life showcases diverse, exceptional professionals as exemplars to prospective students about how a life in optometry can be fulfilling for everyone. We need to do more. We will do more. But today we mourn our loss of communal dignity and commit to a better, more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.


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COVID-19 Statement for Current and Prospective Applicants

posted 6/24/2020

All of our schools and colleges of optometry continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Each institution continues to follow their state’s recommendations and individual protocols regarding this threat.

Current Updates

OAT Exam

The OAT exam is considered an essential testing program by Prometric. Candidates should be prepared for longer-than-normal wait times for testing appointments. However, it should also be noted that Prometric continues to release new, open seats. For the week of June 16, 2020, for example, Prometric has enabled thousands of additional appointments in markets in the US. New appointment hours are opening daily. Please continue to check frequently if you are looking to schedule a testing appointment; all appointments will book on a first come, first serve basis.

Important information is listed below:

General Prometric Information:
Open Prometric Sites:

To schedule or reschedule the OAT exam:

For the most up-to-date information on the OAT:


Application Cycle 2020-2021 – OPENS JUNE 30, 2020
Launch Date:  The 2020-2021 OptomCAS application cycle will launch as planned on June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Related Questions:  The following COVID-19 related questions will be part of the OptomCAS application.

  • Did your institution move to offering only an online curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis? If yes, what classes/labs were affected? Please include what semesters.
  • Did you have an opportunity to receive a letter grade for any of your courses taken during the COVID-19 crisis?  If yes, please include courses.
  • How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your pathway to optometry school through your academic, professional and personal life? How have you responded to these changes?

COVID-19 Admissions Updates from the Schools and Colleges of Optometry
(virtual interviews, OAT and other standardized exams, online courses and pass/fail grades)

Our schools and colleges of optometry are currently working on their admissions processes to accommodate applicants who have been impacted by COVID-19. For up-to-date admissions information for each of our schools and colleges of optometry, please click here. If you have other questions, please contact the institutions directly.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

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In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many optometric academic institutions were challenged to use novel approaches in order to provide clinical educational experience to students. ASCO compiled the list (see below) of online resources that we hope our institutions found helpful.

Note: Some resources may be unavailable without login credentials

For best viewing, please download each session after clicking on the dropbox link.

Additional resources that are mental health or public health in scope can be found at the bottom of this page.

Student Online Clinical Case Education Program (SOCCEP)
Most current videos listed first

Friday, May 1, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Dark Adaptation & AMD
Amanda Legge, OD, FAAO

Myelinated Nerve Fiber Layer in a Pediatric Patient
Amy Waters, OD, FAAO

Glaucoma False Alerts Avoided by Checking OCT Carefully
Alex Hynes, OD, FAAO

Past, Present, and Future of HMD Systems for Low Vision
Ashley Deemer, OD, FAAO

Pediatric Prescribing
Christina Esposito, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

The Art of Optometry: Talking with Patients
Jeff Gerson, OD, FAAO


Thursday, April 30, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Sondra Black, OD, FAAO
Role of the OD in Refractive Cataract Surgery 2

David Lampariello, OD, FAAO
Ocular Biometry and IOL Power Calculation

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO and Dr. David Murakami, OD, MPH, FAA
Meibography Review

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO
OSD Case Review

Hong Fu, PhD
Laser Application in Corneal Refractive Surgery

Sanjeev Kasthurirangan, BS (Optom), PhD
Clinical Evaluation of Refractive Surgery

Benjamin Straker, OD
Astigmatism – Definitions and Clinical Distributions/Clinical Method


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Tom Finley, OD, FAAO
Myopia Management ABCs

Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
Hindsight is 20/20

Richard Mangan, OD, FAAO
Anisocoria – Now What?

Emily Humphreys, OD, MS, FAAO
Anemic Retinopathy

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
I’m Here for a 5th Opinion…

Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO
LV Billing and Coding

Joshua L. Robinson, OD, FAAO
RP Potpourri

Doshi Rutvi, OD, FAAO
Neurotrophic Keratitis


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Suzanne Sherman, OD, FAAO
Columbia University Grand Rounds Case Presentations

Anna Bedwell, OD, FAAO
Managing the Vitreomacular Interface

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO
Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Herpes Simplex
Emily Carell, OD, FAAO

Tom Arnold, OD, FSLS
Scleral Lenses – Fitting Keratoconus and Other Ectasias

Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO
When That 20/20 Is Just Not Clear Enough


Monday, April 27, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Pratik Patel, OD, FAAO
Therapeutic Contact Lenses

Kelsey Carriere, OD, FAAO
Outside of the Box Uses of Contact Lenses in Pediatrics: Amblyopia vs. Irregular Astigmatism

Sarah MacIver, OD, FAAO
Uveitic Glaucoma

Fuensanta Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO
Updates on Myopia Control – Part I & II

Kelly Voltz, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Improving Treatment Outcomes for Ortho-K Patients

Maria Walker, OD, FAAO
Managing Progressive Myopia in Children

Amy Waters, OD, FAAO
Pediatric Nystagmus Case Report


Friday, April 24, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO
Psychological and Social Considerations in Low Vision Rehabilitation

Courtney Rafferty, OD, FAAO
No Sight for Sore Eyes

Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO
Low Vision and Diabetic Retinopathy

Bobby Saenz, OD, MS, FAAO
Grow your Optometric Practice with Refractive Surgery

Nicole Riese, OD, FAAO
Differential Diagnoses and Treatment of Anterior Scleritis

Christina Esposito
Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Unilateral Spatial Inattention

Richard Baird, OD, FAAO
Seeing Spot(s)!


Thursday, April 23, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Sondra Black, OD, FAAO
Role of the OD in the Era of Refractive Cataract Surgery

David Murakami, OD, MPH, FAAO
MGD and Dry Eye & Identify MGD & Treat It

David Lampariello, OD, FAAO, Chris Freeman, OD, FAAO, & Brian Schwam, MD
Refractive Surgery Case Discussions – Part I & II

Tawnya Pastuck, OD, FAAO
Health Economics and Market Access: Evidence-based Value for Cataract Treatment

Xu Cheng, OD, PhD, FAAO
Clinical Study Designs for Contact Lens Research & Development

Ross Franklin, OD, FAAO
Tips For Contact Lens Practice


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Erin Kenny, OD, FAAO
Central Vision Loss and Driving: Options and Considerations for Our Visually Impaired Patients

Kelsey Moody Mileski, OD, FAAO
Spontaneous CRAO

Hashim Ali Khan, OD, FAAO
Optometrist & Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome

Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO
Low Vision: What to Prescribe When

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
I’m a young diabetic, I see fine, so my eyes are healthy, right?

Timothy Hug, OD, FAAO
Concurrent Amblyopia

Phillip Yuhas, OD, PhD, FAAO
Preceptal Cellutitis: What To Do When Treatment Fails


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Ken Wan, OD, FAAO
Dealing with Orbital Trauma without Batting an Eye

Mark Wilkinson, OD, FAAO
Your Role in Rating Visual Impairments/Disabilities

Derek Cunningham, OD, FAAO
Prepping the Cornea for Refractive Surgery

Anita Gulmiri, OD, FAAO
Case Series: Prosthetic Contact Lenses

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, FAAO
Sympathetic Ophthalmia

Paul M Karpecki, OD, FAAO
An Advance in Redness Relief: Low-dose Brimonidine Tartrate 0.025%

Shivani Sharma, OD, FAAO
Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency: Case Reports and a Review of the Literature


Monday, April 20, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Andrew Meagher, OD, FAAO
A Crash Course in MIGS

Sulman Hans, OD, FAAO
Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma

Donna Wicker, OD, FAAO
Coping with Aniridia for a Lifetime: How Ups and Downs of Vision Loss Impact Independence

Bryce St. Clair, OD
Spot the Difference: Differentiating Nevi, CHRPE, Melanomas & Melanocytomas

Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Exam: Testing Procedures

Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO
Expand the Trabecular Meshwork with the power of Nitric Oxide

Josh Richard Davidson, OD, FAAO
Refractive Cataract Surgery Success post PKP


Friday, April 17, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and Topics:

Brigitte Keener, OD, FAAO
Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (FALK)

Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Treatment Options for Common Inflammatory Eye Conditions

Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Antibiotic Resistance in Ocular Surface Infections

Christina Twardowski, OD, FAAO
Pediatric Keratoconus

Jeff Gerson, OD, FAAO
Making Sense of Ocular Nutrition

Arthur Epstein, OD, FAAO
Crossroads in the Clinical Care of Red Eyes

Milton Hom, OD, FAAO
Is Allergic Conjunctivitis the Whole Story?


Thursday, April 16, 2020 videos for download:

Speakers and Topics:

Vidhya Vilupuru, OD, PhD
Fundamentals of Clinical Research and Role of Optometrists- Part I & II

Elizabeth Dow, OD, FAAO
CL Related Adverse Events: Diagnosis and Treatment. Bandage Lens Case Studies.

Meredith Bishop, OD, MS, FAAO
Contact Lens Care and Contamination

Chris Freeman, OD, FAAO, David Lampariello, OD, FAAO & Brian Schwam, MD
Refractive Surgery Case Discussions – Part I & II

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO
Cool Things That You May or May Not Know About the Ocular Surface

Kurt Moody, OD, FAAO
OSD in Clinical Practice: Case Reviews


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Alex Hynes, OD, FAAO
Managing Corneal Neuropathic Pain 2′ to LASIK/PRK From a Patient Perspective

John Gialousakis, OD, FAAO
Presbyopia: When Contact Lenses Work and Don’t Work

Matthew Lee, OD & Mari Fujimoto, OD
When Scleral Lenses Aren’t the Answer

Micaela Gobeille, OD, MS, FAAO
Low Vision Management Using Prism for a Patient with Homonymous Visual Field Loss

Mark Wilkinson, OD, FAAO
Vision Rehabilitation for Individuals with Inherited Eye Diseases

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
Traction, Membranes, and Holes, OH MY!

Raman Deol, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Management of Person with Ring Scotoma

Chelsea Bradley, OD
Tinted Contact Lenses As Therapeutic Devices – Not Just for Cosmesis


Tuesday, April 14, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Mashael Namaeh, OD, PhD, FAAO
Gerontology & Low Vision

Nivedita Chandrasekharan, OD, FAAO
Choroidal Melanoma

Stephanie Pisano, OD, FAAO
Ocular Graft-vs-Host Disease & Scleral Lenses

Crystal Lewandowski, OD, FAAO
Common Complaints with an Uncommon Diagnosis; A Review of MEWDS

Alissa Coyne, OD, FAAO
MRSA and the Eye

Mashael Namaeh, OD, PhD, FAAO
Preparations Used with Contact Lenses

Sandra Harpster, OD
Unusual Vessels of the Optic Nerve

Henrietta Wang, BOptom (Hons), BSc, FAAO
Assessing the Optic Nerve: Does Retinal Vasculature Matter?


Monday, April 13, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Andrew Meagher, OD, FAAO
Getting the Most Out of Your Optic Nerve OCT

Jeffrey Sterling, OD, FAAO
It’s a Red Eye

Kelsey Jordan, OD, MS, FAAO
Managing the Irregular Cornea

Sharon Park Keh, OD, FAAO
A Family of Corectopia, KeratoConus, MicroCornea Managed with Contacts

Joseph Kane, OD, FAAO
Let’s Do The Twist: Retinal Vascular Abnormalities

Emily Carell, OD, FAAO
What We Know This Far…COVID19 and the Eye

Rachelle Lin, OD, MS, FAAO
Genetic Testing & Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Dystrophies

Amy Waters, OD, FAAO
Pediatric Optic Nerve Hypoplasia


Friday, April 10, 2020 videos for download–_FYtPDT8Njyu1bAv931a?dl=0

Speakers and topics:

Jocelyn Ou, OD, FAAO
Medical Management of Corneal Transplants

Kevin Chan, OD, MS, FAAO
Proactive Myopia Management: Orthokeratology Lens Fitting for Astigamatic Patients

Pierce Kenworthy, OD, FAAO
Grand Round: Epidemic Fidgets

Mark Risher /Justin Rienzo
Helping Patients Get Access to the Medicine Prescribed


Thursday, April 9, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Patricia Piers, PhD
Intraocular Lens Optics and Design

Reena Joseph. MPH, OD
Astigmatism Management and Post-Operative Troubleshooting

Noel Brennan, OD PhD, FAAO
Clinical Implications of Contact Lens Material Properties

Brian Pall, OD, FAAO
Pediatrics and Contact Lenses & Ultraviolet Radiation and the Eye: Translating the Research into
Practical Application

Kurt Moody, OD, FAAO
OSD in Clinical Practice: Case Reviews

Hong Fu, PhD
Laser Application in Corneal Refractive Surgery

Sanjeev Kasthurirangan, BS (Optom), PhD
Clinical Evaluation of Refractive Surgery


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Janis Winters, OD, FAAO
Vision Rehabilitation: History Testing Devices

John Gialousakis, OD, FAAO
Keratoconus: When Specialty Contact Lenses Work & Don’t Work

Jocelyn Ou, OD, FAAO
Management of Severe Conjunctival Prolapse in Scleral Contact Lens Patients

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
All About Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Thomas Kozlowski, OD, FAAO
Clinical Findings, Differential Diagnosis, & Management of Bacterial Keratitis

Alissa Coyne, OD, FAAO
Spontaneous Hyphema

Ryan S Vida, OD, FAAO
Small Incision Lecticule Extraction (SMILE)

Mika Moy, OD, FAAO
Grand Rounds: Ocular Trauma


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Alice McCaslin, OD, MS, FAAO
Management of Traumatic Hyphema with Sickle Cell

Lexi Malkin, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Management of Pedatric Optic Neuropathies

Jeff Anshel, OD, FAAO
Nutrition for Vision: Nutrition Science for Ocular Health

Major Andrew Bodwell, OD, FAAO
Cerebellar Insults: A Case Series

Janis Winters, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Rehabilitation: Going Beyond Traditional Magnification Devices

Mark Wilkinson, OD, FAAO
Driving & Vision Loss: A Case Series

Ryan S Vida, OD, FAAO
Vision Correction Options for the Extreme Rx: FYI on ICLs

Mika Moy, OD, FAAO
Grand Rounds in Anterior Segment


Monday, April 6, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Andrew Meagher, OD, FAAO
Glaucoma Pharm & 2nd Line of Therapy

Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO
Can contact lenses solve the problems of corneal disease from multiple sources?

Bryce St. Clair, OD
No Wiggle Room: Clinical Decision Making with Chorioretinal Folds

Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO
What to do When No Contact Lenses Fit on a Complex Cornea

Richard Mangan, OD, FAAO
Autologous Serum – From the Inside Out

Karin Lypka, OD, FAAO
Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography: Review and Use in Idiopathic Foveal Hypoplasia and its Correlation to Visual Acuity

Jeff Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO
Myopia Control

Joe Shovlin, OD, FAAO
Flashing Lights: Land Mines & Peril Ahead


Friday, April 3, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Kelsey Moody Mileski, OD, FAAO
Bilateral Conjunctival Chemosis

Jennifer Qayum, OD, FAAO
Is This Papilledema?

Shelby Leach, OD, FAAO
Myopia Control: Back to the Basics & Beyond

Pat Segu, OD, FAAO
Ocular Ischemic Syndrome

Yin C. Tea, OD, FAAO
Straighten Up! Abnormal Head Postures

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, FAAO
Glaucoma Suspect/Glaucoma Cases

Timothy E. Hug, OD, FAAO
Peripheral Field Deficits Secondary to ROP tx

Ava K. Bittner, OD, PhD, FAAO
Sam I Am, I Do Like the OrCam!

Torres Zulmaris, OD, FAAO
Juvenile Glaucoma


Thursday, April 2, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Sondra Black, OD, FAAO
Role of the OD in Refractive Cataract Surgery 2

David Lampariello, OD, FAAO
Ocular Biometry and IOL Power Calculation

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO
Meibography Review

Kurt Moody, OD, FAAO
OSD in Clinical Practice: Case Reviews

Chris Freeman, OD, FAAO & Brian Schwam, MD
Refractive Surgery Post-Operative Care and Complications Management – Part 1 & Part II

Azaam Alli, MS & Leilani Sonoda, BS
Contact Lens Materials Overview – Part I & Part II


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Don W. Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO
Are you sure you have double vision?

Sarah McIver, OD, FAAO
Systemic considerations in normal tension glaucoma

Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO
Scleral Lenses in Keratoconus

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
So you have a patient with an inherited retinal disease (IRD), now what?

Anna Bedwell, OD, FAAO
Paracentral Acute Middle Maculopathy

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO
Ocular Manifestations of Medications

Richard J. Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO
Mild-to-Moderate POAG – Or is it?

Tamara Petrosyan, OD
Plaquenil Retinopathy

Dionne Moore, OD, FAAO


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Kelsey Moody Mileski, OD, FAAO
Double Vision Rapid Fire

Alexandra K. McArthur, OD, FAAO
Conjunctival Crisis: Uncovering Diagnosis in a Case of Chronic Follicular Conjunctivitis

Stephanie Pisano, OD, FAAO
The use of Scleral contact lenses for Corneal Scars

Pat Segu, OD, FAAO
CMV Retinitis

Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO
Accommodative Esotropia: The Ins & Outs

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO
OCT Retina Interpretation

Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO
Anxiety & Depression in Retinal Disease and Vision Loss

Jennifer Gould, OD, MS, FAAO
Diabetic Retinopathy: Utilizing Multimodal Imaging for Evaluation

Alex Hynes, OD, FAAO
Optic Disc Pits and Associated Maculopathy


Monday, March 30, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Marisa Ciamacca, OD, MS, FAAO
When and How to Perform Corneal Culturing

Sarah Maclver, OD, FAAO
Systemic Considerations in Normal Tension Glaucoma

Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO
Bilateral Sequential Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

Jennifer Gonzalez, OD, FAAO
Well that’s not supposed to be there…Capsular Block Syndrome

Alice Grasso McCaslin, OD, MS, FAAO
Bilateral Optic Nerve Damage Mimicking Glaucoma

Sowmya Srinvas, OD, MS, FAAO
Choroidal Melanoma

Denise A. Valenti, OD, FAAO
Cannabinoids: Retina Model of Cholinergic Function

Tamara Petrosyan, OD
Dark Without Pressure

Jack Phu, OD, PhD, FAAO
Glaucoma or Not Glaucoma: A Rapid Fire Review


Friday, March 27, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Kelsey Moody Mileski, OD, FAAO
Optic Neuritis: Typical or Atypical?

Jennifer Qayum, OD, FAAO
Amblyopia in the Presence of Congenital Macular Scar

Tiffany H. Phan, OD, FAAO
A Case of Papilledema Secondary to Presumed Pseudotumor Cerebri

Kelsey Jordan, OD, MS, FAAO
Long term management: a case of persistent neurotrophic keratitis

Barbara Mihalik, OD, FAAO
Something a Little More Than Just Cataracts

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO
Red Eye

Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO
A Nutritional Approach to Treating Dry Eyes

Sarah Kochik, OD, PhD, FAAO
Lily and the Big Blur: Selecting the Best Myopia Control Therapy

Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO
Hush little baby don’t you cry!


Thursday, March 26, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Sondra Black, OD, FAAO
Role of the OD in the Era of Refractive Cataract Surgery

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO
MGD and Dry Eye

Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO
Identify MGD and Treat It

Derek Nankivil, BSAE, MSBME, PhD
Introduction to Optics and Contact Lens Optical Design

John Buch, OD, MS, FAAO
Why 20/20 Isn’t Visual Comfort

Tawnya Pastuck, OD, FAAO
Health Economics and Market Access: Evidence-based Value for Cataract Treatment

David Lampariello, OD, FAAO
Clinical Pearls for Co-managing Preoperative Refractive Surgery Patients


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 videos for download

Speakers and topics:

Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO
Interpreting OCT Retina

Pierce Kenworthy, OD, FAAO
NAION with Hypertension as a Major Risk Factor

Denise A. Valenti, OD, FAAO
Cannabinoids: Dopamine Retinal

Barbara Caffery OD, PhD, FAAO
Is That All It Is?

Megan Funkhouser, OD
A Novel Approach to Visual Field Loss with End Stage Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Nicole Maierhoffer, OD, FAAO
Genetic Clues in the Diagnosis of Aniridia

Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO
High Myopia and AMD in an 80 year WF

Tamara Petrosyan, OD
Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

Andrew Meagher, OD, FAAO
Glaucoma Suspects: Weighing the Risk Factors


Additional Clinical Education Resources

Resources that are educational/academic in scope

1) Teaching Case Reports (compiled from ASCO’s Journal, Optometric Education)

2) ASCO Produced Online Clinical Education Forums (OCEF)

Entire 2019 OCEF Presentation (with audio)

OCEF 2019 Pediatrics VT Clinical Update
OCEF 2019 Dry Eye Clinical Update
OCEF 2019 Ocular Pharmacology Clinical Update
OCEF 2019 Electrophysiology Clinical Update

Entire 2018 OCEF presentation (with audio)

OCEF 2018 Myopia Clinical Update
OCEF 2018 Low Vision Technology Clinical Update
OCEF 2018 Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Update
OCEF 2018 OCT-A Imaging Clinical Update

Entire 2017 Online Clinical Educators Forum
Entire 2016 Online Clinical Educators Forum

3) Allergan Optometric Education Initiative

4) BHVI (Brien Holden Vision Institute) Education

5) Various online CE courses

Physicians Education Resource

Review of Optometry topic case reports

Medscape optometry resources

Optometry clinical cases compiled from New England of Optometry

American Academy of Ophthalmology education

Optocase optometry continuing education

6) Contact lens webinars and case reports

7) ASCO produced cultural competency case studies

8) Eschenbach free webinars

9) CovalentCareers Optometry COVID-19 Resource Center

10) Digital Journal of Ophthalmology

11) Resources from Southern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO)

12) American Academy of Optometry Resources


14) OGF

15)  cases to review with extensive photos; references to look at for each

16) Medscape Ophthalmology

17) Glaucoma Physician Journal

18) Resources from Zeiss

19) Resources from Helio

20) Modern Optometry

21) Valley Contacts

22) Corneal Topography & Specialty Contact Lenses – Randy Kojima

23) Practice Management – Mile Brujic

24) AccuLens  Case study

25) Alden

26) Contamac case studies;

27) Essilor Contacts webinars

28) Paragon

29) SynergEyes

30) Resources from Gas Permeable Lens Institute  –

31) Global Specialty Lens Symposium

32) Scleral Lens Education Society

33) CL Spectrum

34) Webinar-treating KC

35) X-Cel Contacts webinars

36) TruForm Optics  presbyopic fitting webinar

37) Metro Optics webinar

38) Bausch+Lomb

39) Resources from Johnson & Johnson

40) ODwire

41) Additional Resources from the New England College of Optometry

42) Published book — Clinical Cases in Eye Care. Email for more information.

43) Hoya online courses. Hosted on 20/20 magazine’s site.

44) The National Glaucoma Society has presentations available. Presentations are password protected and need a login and password to view them. To receive credentials,  please contact Dr. James Thimons, Chairman, NGS.

45) American Board of Optometry webinars. To access webinars, click on Webinars in the top right navigation. For premium webinars, enter the coupon code “student.” This will allow you to download the webinar at no cost. Coupon code is active through May 31, 2020.

46) Externship Director special interest group resource.

47) Haag-Streit Slit Lamp Exam Educational Video Series:–CScAh4CidGKfa3fPVcqINJ4eSolPvCkxPXkkdiCr5FLDi6cCFSnJw_wfhGtmigPZPz-fPSE3xok5puBSLmNr3OLLAMIwdfzHntVROMWDnHHFHf6A&_hsmi=85532100

48) Retinoscopy simulator available through the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

49) Resources Utilized/Provided by the Webinar “Interprofessional Teaching and Collaborative Practice During COVID-19: A Community Conversation”

General Information/Resources: Remote Teaching and Learning
Harvard University:
Purdue University: and

 Resources from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Clinical Teaching and Learning Experiences without Physical Patient Contact
This resource collection was built in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s significant impact on the teaching and learning of health professionals. Designed by diverse educators, this working collection features clinical learning experiences, which can be readily used or easily adapted for specific, local settings, without the need for physical patient contact.

Webinar Series
Every Friday from Noon-1:00pm ET AAMC is hosting webinars to take a deeper dive into specific resource topics with the authors of those resources. If you are interested in joining these discussions facilitated by Lisa Coplit MD, please email to be added to the distribution list. Past webinar topics are posted on the website.

Posted Resources: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Posted Resources:  the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

50) Cleaning Guidance for the Humphrey Field Analyzer (HFA)

51) Quickstart Guide COVID-19 Guidance: Cleaning your HFA perimeter

52) Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklist is a tiered list of considerations, tips, and actionable strategies to enact during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses. It is presented in three phases, according to prioritized needs:

  1.    Start Here: Preparing for Success
  2.    Next Steps: Guiding Students and Their Learning
  3.    Longer Term Considerations: Teaching Effectively in a New Environment

53) The QM ERI Checklist is organized into three columns to first provide instructors with recommended actions, then add a brief explanation of the action’s importance and impact, and finally, a column to reference related Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric™, Sixth Edition.

This checklist can be:

  • Used by individual faculty as a prioritized checklist for remote teaching
  • Distributed by an institution, potentially along with additional information and guidance, for internal usage during temporary periods of remote instruction
  • Used as guidance for instructional designers and/or educational technologists who are working with faculty in a rapid development process to temporarily move classroom instruction online


Resources that are mental health or public health in scope can be found here

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We hope everyone is well during these times.

Many optometric academic institutions are currently struggling with providing a clinical experience to students who are not examining patients due to COVID-19. For the past several years, Optometric Education (, has been publishing teaching case reports.

These reports combine a case report with educational guidelines (how to teach the material). Teaching case reports include: background, educational guidelines, case description, learning objectives, key concepts, discussion points, discussion/conclusion and references.

Throughout these next few days, the list will be added to.

Hope these can help.

1). Blebitis – A Teaching Case Report…/blebitis-a-teaching-case-report/

2) Optic Neuritis Associated with Multiple Sclerosis –…/sudden-blind-spots-and-halos-a…/

3) Diagnosis and Management of Residual Amblyopia in a Non-Compliant Patient –…/diagnosis-and-management-of-re…/

4) Optic Nerve Melanoctyoma –…/optic-nerve-melanoctyoma-a-tea…/

5) Hypertensive Choroidopathy –…/hypertensive-choroidopathy-a-t…/

6) Ocular Chrysiasis –…/ocular-chrysiasis-a-teaching-c…/

7) Amiodarone Ocular Toxicity Emphasizing Optic Neuropathy –…/amiodarone-ocular-toxicity-emp…/

8) Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis Signaled by Bilateral Optic Disc Edema and Unilateral pre-Retinal Hemorrhage –…/cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombos…/

9) Vitamin B12 Deficiency Optic Neuropathy –…/vitamin-b12-deficiency-optic-n…/

10) Hyperopia and Presbyopia –…/hyperopia-and-presbyopia-a-tea…/

11) Long-term Follow up of Suspected Vaccine Induced Papillitis –…/long-term-follow-up-of-suspect…/

12) Plateau Iris Syndrome and Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma –…/plateau-iris-syndrome-and-acut…/

13) Targeting Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma –…/targeting-intraocular-pressure…/

14) Peripapillary Retinoschisis and Glaucoma Connection –…/peripapillary-retinoschisis-an…/

15) Topiramate Induced Acute Bilateral Angle Closure Glaucoma and Transient Myopia –…/topiramate-induced-acute-bilat…/

16) Planning Ahead for Corneal Epithelial Dystrophy –…/planning-ahead-for-corneal-epi…/

17) Terriens Marginal Degeneration –…/terriens-marginal-degeneration…/

18) Herpes Zoster Opthahalmicus –…/herpes-zoster-ophthalmicus-a-t…/

19) Traumatic Hyphema –…/traumatic-hyphema-a-teaching-c…/

20) Ocular and Generalized Myasthenia Gravis –…/ocular-and-generalized-myasthe…/

21) Idiopathic Macular Hole –…/idiopathic-macular-hole-a-teac…/

22) Functional Vision Loss in a Community Health Care Setting –…/functional-vision-loss-in-a-co…/

23) Carbon Monoxide and the Eye –…/carbon-monoxide-and-the-eye-a-…/

24) Anterior Uveitis –…/anterior-uveitis-teaching-case…/

25) Contact Lens Related Corneal Ulcer –…/contact-lens-related-corneal-u…/

26) Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis –…/vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-a-…/

27) Acute Ocular Trauma in a Child –…/acute-ocular-trauma-in-a-child…/

28) Critical Thinking in Diagnosing Primary Open Angle Glaucoma –…/critical-thinking-in-diagnosin…/

29) Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension –

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The Association of Schools and Colleges (ASCO) is continuing to monitor the public health threat from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our 23 schools and colleges of optometry across the country and Puerto Rico are doing the same. Each institution is following their state’s recommendations and individual protocols regarding this threat. To ask questions specific to an institution, please reach out to them directly.

A statement from The Accreditation Counsel of Optometric Education, the accrediting body for optometry schools, can be read here.

COVID-19 Statement for Current and Prospective Applicants. Updated 6/24/2020

Update from Federal Student Aid: Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) web center


Below are some valuable resources and information that we hope you will find helpful. We may update this list. Please revisit this page often.

We will post to our Twitter (@optometriced) and Facebook feeds updates as well.


Where Can I Get the Most Up-To-Date Information?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Up-to-date general information on what you should know about the virus, status updates, FAQs, and guidance.

World Health Organization: Global information related to COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins Corona virus resource center: Through the Johns Hopkins site there is a COVID-19 interactive map.

Other Resources

Directory of local health departments (

State Department Travel Advisories (

How to keep in touch with local U.S. Embassies while on travel – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (

For information/updates on licensure examinations, visit the website of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry:

Information from the Veterans Administration:

What are the best ways to Prevent and Prepare?

Visit for the most recent general updates.

Practice everyday actions to promote good health and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Build a preparedness kit for your home in case you are sick with any respiratory virus and need to stay at home. Examples include:

  • Pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants, and cough drops.
  • Alcohol–based hand sanitizer.
  • Thermometer.
  • Facial tissues, paper products.
  • Nonperishable food.
  • Extended supply of prescription medications.
  • Diapers or pet supplies if needed.

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but you should get a flu shot — it’s not too late. It will not prevent COVID-19, but getting a flu shot will help keep you and your loved ones healthy as we continue to see widespread flu.

Additional resources that are mental health or public health in scope

1) World Health Organization (WHO) Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

2) American Psychological Association webpage on COVID-19 response and resources for stress relief during a crisis. and

3) Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

4) ASCO produced podcast on Wellness.

5) National Association of School Psychologists Covid-19 Resource Center.

6) The National Academies of Medicine and APHA are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more, visit:   NAMCoronavirus Resources and APHA COVID-19

7) Previous webinars from APHA

8) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Profession Education COVID-19 resources

9) Introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

10) CDC Personal Protection Equipment Burn Rate Calculator

11) Sympton checker apps or platforms — The Healthcheck platform, developed by UAB, is available for use. There is a fee that depends on the number of users, and in Alabama, CARES Act funds are being used for this purpose. If you would like more information, please contact the developer of the platform, Dr. Sue Feldman (

12) Society for Simulation in Healthcare — Helpful links and information

13) Contract tracing & other resources – from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

14) “The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic,” from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). It was accompanied by a related opinion piece by Dr. David Skorton with AAMC that was in the Washington Post.

15) “Tracking COVID-19 in the United States” by Vital Strategies, a firm that works with government to address public health challenges with new approaches and strategies.

16) Exposure Guidance in a Healthcare Setting

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