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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/

 

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ORLANDO – December 18, 2018 – The American Academy of Optometry (Academy), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) are pleased to announce a joint agreement has been reached to restructure the governance of the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPETM). The newly established COPE Governing Committee will be comprised of representatives from ARBO, ASCO, and the Academy to assure collaboration and the ongoing advancement of the quality of optometric continuing education.

“After several years of profession-wide discussions, the Academy is pleased to announce that we signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to form a multi-organizational COPE Governing Committee. The collective strengths and unity of our organizations will ensure the highest standards of optometric continuing education and the sustained advancement of the profession,” states Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO, Academy Past President (2015 & 2016).

COPE accredits optometric continuing education for use by ARBO’s member regulatory boards in assessing and determining eligibility for licensure by optometrists. COPE accreditation serves the public, regulatory boards and the profession by promoting improvement in competence, performance and patient outcomes.

“ARBO is pleased to announce this historic collaboration with the Academy and ASCO. We’re looking forward to enhancing communication and broadening decision-making by adding their expertise to COPE. I’m confident that they will make valuable contributions to the COPE accreditation process to have a positive impact on optometrist learning, performance and patient health outcomes,” states Richard Orgain, OD, ARBO President.

“As optometric educators, the faculties from our 23 institutions set high standards for ourselves and for our students,” says David Damari, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, President of ASCO and Dean of

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Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. “ASCO is pleased to join our colleagues from ARBO and the Academy on this agreement regarding the governance of and standards set by COPE. This collaborative effort will benefit all optometrists as they continue on the path of life-long learning begun in the schools and colleges of optometry.”

Initial nominations to the COPE Governing Committee are now underway, with the anticipation of completion in January 2019. Duties of the governing committee will include setting standards, policies and procedures for the COPE accreditation program, making accreditation determinations based on compliance with COPE accreditation criteria and policies, and preparing and presenting an annual report to the ARBO House of Delegates and the boards of directors of the participating organizations.

About the American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit www.aaopt.org.

About the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education. 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 50 states and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate and associate members. For more information about ASCO, visit www.optometriceducation.org or contact Ms. Kimberly O’Sullivan, Director of Communications, at kosullivan@opted.org.

About the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry

The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) is a non-profit organization based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves 66 Regulatory Boards of Optometry in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. ARBO’s mission is to represent and assist member licensing agencies in regulating the practice of optometry for the public welfare. ARBO established the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) in 1993 on behalf of optometric licensing boards to accredit continuing education courses, providers and activities for license renewal. For more information on ARBO or COPE, please contact Lisa Fennell, ARBO

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Executive Director, 200 South College Street, Suite 2030, Charlotte, NC, 28202, ph: (704) 970- 2710 or e-mail: lfennell@arbo.org.

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For the second year, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has partnered with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry to make the pass rates for the 2017-2018 academic year at every institution available on its website. The data is found at: https://optometriceducation.org/national-board-of-examiners-in-optometry-yearly-performance-report/. Last year’s report is also posted for comparison.

“The NBEO is pleased to provide this pass rate data. The results are from calculations using candidates’ scores who have both graduated during the listed timeframe and attempted all three parts at least once. This information provides a consistent reporting mechanism as we continue our collaboration with ASCO in years to come,” says Dr. Jill Bryant, NBEO Executive Director. 

“The national pass rates from our institutions are important information for all stakeholders in our profession, and we are happy to make this information readily available,” says Dr. David Damari, ASCO President. “Faculty at every one of our member institutions aims to equip each optometry student with the skills and knowledge to pass each part of the exam. We all are always working toward 100% pass rate.”

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry invites applications for the position of associate editor of its peer-reviewed journal, Optometric Education.

Responsibilities

The associate editor is responsible for collaborating with the editor on the editorial content of ASCO’s journal, including sharing the writing of three editorials per year. The associate editor consults with the editor on appointments to the journal review board and works with the editor and managing editor in facilitating a smooth peer review process. The associate editor assists with the development of issue features and solicits manuscript contributions to the journal.

Skills and Qualifications

Strong writing and editing skills, educational publication experience and a demonstrated interest and involvement in optometric educational issues, are required. The successful candidate will possess the Doctor of Optometry degree and have a minimum of 3 years experience in optometric education. The associate editor position is a volunteer role.

Application Requirements

Interested candidates should send:

  • A cover letter describing :
    • past experiences in professional writing and editing
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two writing samples

Information and Application submission

Contact: Dr. Aurora Denial, deniala@neco.edu

 

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Who:           Dr. Muriel Martinez, one of three Doctors of Optometry featured in the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s Optometry Gives Me Life campaign, will be promoting the campaign in ASCO’s Booth #925 in the St. Louis Convention Center during Optometry’s Meeting.

Requests to interview Dr. David Damari, ASCO Immediate Past President and Dr. Lewis Reich, Chair of ASCO’s Applicant Pool Task Force also possible.

What:       ASCO’s Optometry Gives Me Life campaign promotion. Optometry Gives Me Life is reaching college-aged students who have expressed an interest in a STEM or health profession, but may not yet be considering optometry. Implementation is through specialized and targeted social media outreach, publications, ancillary promotional materials, emails, direct mail, and the campaign’s landing page at www.futureeyedoc.org.

Campaign materials show what a wonderful career optometry is: how it offers an enviable work/life balance, an excellent salary and quality of life, the various settings one can practice optometry in, the many ways Doctors of Optometry can give back to their community and positively affect the lives of others, and so much more. Some campaign materials are available at Booth #925.

Where:    Booth #925 in St. Louis Convention Center (701 Convention Plaza)

When:      Thursday, June 20 3pm – 7pm and Friday, June 21 9am – 5pm

Why:        The campaign’s purpose is to raise awareness of optometry as a career choice among the best and brightest students as well as to increase the diversity and quality of the applicant pool.

Contact:   Kimberly O’Sullivan, ASCO Director of Communications 301.987.8420 or kosullivan@opted.org

 

ASCO wishes to thank its sponsors VSP Global, CooperVision, Essilor, HOYA Vision Care, Luxottica, National Vision, and VisionWorks for their support to the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign.

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ROCKVILLE, MD, April 8, 2018 – Every year, the Association of Schools and Colleges (ASCO) offers an optometry residency matching service – or ORMatch – to interested optometry students. The 2018 match occurred on March 12. Results from this year’s match continue positive upward trends from last year’s, and suggest that optometry students increasingly value completing a residency after graduation.

Below are some statistics from this year’s match.

  • The number of students who participated in 2018 was the highest, at 517 participants, an increase of 7.7% from 2017.
  • Applications submitted in 2018 was 2,614, an increase of 9.1% from 2017.
  • The average number of rankings per participant in 2018 rose to 3.5, from 3.2 in 2017, an increase of 9.4%.
  • The number of residency sites in 2018 increased to 240, a 2.1% increase.
  • Residency programs filling all positions also rose in 2018 to 8.2, from 7.2 in 2017 an increase of 13.8%.
  • Seventy percent (364) of participants were matched with a residency, a decrease of 4% from 2017.
  • Residency programs filling all positions also rose in 2018 to 8.2, from 7.2 in 2017 an increase of 13.8%.

“The Optometry Residency Match shows a continued upward trend in interest in residency education,” according to Dr. Diane T. Adamczyk, Professor and Director of Residency Education at State University of New York, College of Optometry. “This year’s match, when compared to prior years, has seen an increase in the number of applicants, an increase in residency sites, and an increase in residency positions offered. The match reflects the growing interest and importance residency education provides to the practitioner, the patient, and the profession.”

Completing a residency in optometry is a unique and invaluable experience. The rich rewards gained from the year of advanced clinical training under an experienced mentor serve to enhance career opportunities and add to the level of confidence the resident has when beginning his/her post-residency career.

For more information on optometric residency programs, visit ASCO’s website.

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education. 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 50 states and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate members.

 

 

 

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