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This page will be updated when necessary.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many optometric academic institutions are challenged to use novel approaches in order to provide clinical educational experience to students. ASCO has compiled the list (see below) of online resources that we hope our institutions will find helpful during these challenging times.

This list will be updated when appropriate and we encourage our institutions, committees, special interest groups and other optometric groups to reach out to ASCO’s Director of Communications, Kim O’Sullivan at kosullivan@opted.org if you would like your online resource to be included.

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
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ijz0fjteil27dwo/AAB5Q0xwMTDQOW62uC5p3-Q4a?dl=0

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

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Thursday, April 30, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4nxanf8pifzfv4u/AADe6GQuM_8Ombcu-xXnHln4a?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ng1rsipbtc2slzl/AACa1rO_bBFjXomVwV2wvYmfa?dl=0

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

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ehzgxsoy5sgff00/AAAwTcSuP8PRC0L9pfym5YjVa?dl=0

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

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Monday, April 27, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m10ld40wwquvzk5/AABXJ9Lm5uKuC_ZFA4VOvVI-a?dl=0

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

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Friday, April 24, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ln3jqmhdfgylxa/AAB3x5dyMEtCFPb3z9eMgV2Ia?dl=0

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)!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9i9hbrref976y/AAAdyefWxOmYKUfVgCCMbPaLa?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/66qhtkw710bzp5j/AAAkyQZ9klTesxIh2QOTrcJWa?dl=0

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

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zlicnabrddxrzqr/AABBk4surxA3d0BV8Kwn_UQza?dl=0

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

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Monday, April 20, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k70clp4k5i3wj60/AAAwvRWMynb9uB-KPWNklCg-a?dl=0

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

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Friday, April 17, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tqwnvi726w1l8a2/AAB4Isx5lZ27i-5NcP_z-zGDa?dl=0

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?

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 videos for download:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cm7h53avf1fs01j/AABA_a1hEsyErcYOXE0D2hfTa?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5jiw06vilgck0qc/AABeSS__L28ipQkXVmNJAVo-a?dl=0

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

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/289oetqkzs99x73/AAAqItJfjQmhGO4e9qrDUOyva?dl=0

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?

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Monday, April 13, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8zpo0im6lqku6oe/AABGrpMtXP8fG1oyetJTA3gxa?dl=0

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

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Friday, April 10, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m9zcb2kkk49o092/AAA–_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

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ulgks43ow22swpq/AAAzdsfIzIoGNIEs7Q89EI-6a?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/48qydvkr5qvb1z1/AABe2ASa0IxUVJ84tcMKx6uAa?dl=0

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

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uk3ih7vom5sx8mg/AAAmeApLTvfcfkkMXOYjg03za?dl=0

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

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Monday, April 6, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/118n6a54sboesbu/AADNy3lQTqH18Jq5U9Lp-S6xa?dl=0

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

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Friday, April 3, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/540msohks413stf/AAA6Sw1sv8Q-mO6vJbxM0C-qa?dl=0

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

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7pqvwz9sagdios2/AADEjwLjuvAgWlXWlhXvmW1ga?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hzeyjl39gkhj3j4/AACP3DtCDmXXLUflGeptffnOa?dl=0

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
BRAO

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v0854bqj50au8na/AAD8eqQe15gUUl_AljIHyL0ga?dl=0

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

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Monday, March 30, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fblkhdfhgo50n2t/AADFR_qQwtls3CgSAxcnBCZEa?dl=0

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

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Friday, March 27, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0gv1ut0m4fazxhz/AAAR6-fIKk9_NBgGIehtICEua?dl=0

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!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/07iprnms0qf46xr/AADpC3mSAK_xqOtP5N14Qijma?dl=0

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

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 videos for download
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ekkualer37444e/Genetic%20Clues%20in%20the%20Diagnosis%20of%20AniridiaV2.mp4?dl=0

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

https://optocase.com/cases

Optocase optometry continuing education

https://optocase.com/octacademy/ClassOf2020

https://www.optos.com/en/providers/webinars

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

13) https://www.optometricmanagement.com

14) OGF   https://hoodvisualscience.psychology.columbia.edu

15) https://www.retinarocks.org  cases to review with extensive photos; references to look at for each

16) Medscape Ophthalmology  https://www.medscape.org/ophthalmology

17) Glaucoma Physician Journal  https://www.glaucomaphysician.net/webinars

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 http://www.aldenoptical.com/videos/

26) Contamac  https://www.contamac.com/case-studies case studies; https://www.contamac.com/video-library

27) Essilor Contacts http://www.essilorcontacts.com/Content.aspx webinars

28) Paragon  https://www.paragonvision.com/ecp/eye-care-academy/certification-training/

29) SynergEyes https://blog.synergeyes.com/blog/topic/case-studies

30) Resources from Gas Permeable Lens Institute  –

31) Global Specialty Lens Symposium https://na.eventscloud.com/website/10665/archive/

32) Scleral Lens Education Society https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=scleral+lens+education+society

33) CL Spectrum https://www.clspectrum.com/continuing-education-center

34) https://vimeo.com/377417800 Webinar-treating KC

35) X-Cel Contacts https://www.xcelcontacts.com/education webinars

36) TruForm Optics https://www.tfoptics.com/TruFormPresbyopiaWebinar061212.mp4  presbyopic fitting webinar

37) Metro Optics https://metro-optics.com//resources/ webinar

38) Bausch+Lomb https://www.bausch.com/ecp/our-products/orthokeratology/get-certified

39) Resources from Johnson & Johnson

40) ODwire  https://www.odwire.org/community/forums/webinars.68/

41) Additional Resources from the New England College of Optometry

42) Published book — Clinical Cases in Eye Care. Email peggy.miller@wolterskluwer.com for more information.

43) Hoya online courses. Hosted on 20/20 magazine’s site. https://www.2020mag.com/education

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. http://www.eyeschool.ca/

47) Haag-Streit Slit Lamp Exam Educational Video Series: https://www.haag-streit.com/haag-streit-diagnostics/campaigns/the-slit-lamp-exam-an-educational-video-series/?utm_campaign=Haag-Streit&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85532100&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–CScAh4CidGKfa3fPVcqINJ4eSolPvCkxPXkkdiCr5FLDi6cCFSnJw_wfhGtmigPZPz-fPSE3xok5puBSLmNr3OLLAMIwdfzHntVROMWDnHHFHf6A&_hsmi=85532100

48) Retinoscopy simulator available through the American Academy of Ophthalmology: https://www.aao.org/interactive-tool/retinoscopy-simulator

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:  https://learnremotely.harvard.edu/
Purdue University: https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/learning-remotely/ and https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

 Resources from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)
https://icollaborative.aamc.org/collection/covid19-alternative-learning-experiences/

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 malee@aamc.org to be added to the distribution list. Past webinar topics are posted on the website.

Posted Resources: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
https://www.aacn.org/clinical-resources/covid-19

Posted Resources:  the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
https://www.ipecollaborative.org/coronavirus.html

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

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

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(Posted 3/17/2020)

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 (https://journal.opted.org), 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
https://journal.opted.org/…/blebitis-a-teaching-case-report/

2) Optic Neuritis Associated with Multiple Sclerosis – https://journal.opted.org/…/sudden-blind-spots-and-halos-a…/

3) Diagnosis and Management of Residual Amblyopia in a Non-Compliant Patient – https://journal.opted.org/…/diagnosis-and-management-of-re…/

4) Optic Nerve Melanoctyoma – https://journal.opted.org/…/optic-nerve-melanoctyoma-a-tea…/

5) Hypertensive Choroidopathy – https://journal.opted.org/…/hypertensive-choroidopathy-a-t…/

6) Ocular Chrysiasis – https://journal.opted.org/…/ocular-chrysiasis-a-teaching-c…/

7) Amiodarone Ocular Toxicity Emphasizing Optic Neuropathy – https://journal.opted.org/…/amiodarone-ocular-toxicity-emp…/

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

9) Vitamin B12 Deficiency Optic Neuropathy – https://journal.opted.org/…/vitamin-b12-deficiency-optic-n…/

10) Hyperopia and Presbyopia – https://journal.opted.org/…/hyperopia-and-presbyopia-a-tea…/

11) Long-term Follow up of Suspected Vaccine Induced Papillitis – https://journal.opted.org/…/long-term-follow-up-of-suspect…/

12) Plateau Iris Syndrome and Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma – https://journal.opted.org/…/plateau-iris-syndrome-and-acut…/

13) Targeting Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma – https://journal.opted.org/…/targeting-intraocular-pressure…/

14) Peripapillary Retinoschisis and Glaucoma Connection – https://journal.opted.org/…/peripapillary-retinoschisis-an…/

15) Topiramate Induced Acute Bilateral Angle Closure Glaucoma and Transient Myopia – https://journal.opted.org/…/topiramate-induced-acute-bilat…/

16) Planning Ahead for Corneal Epithelial Dystrophy – https://journal.opted.org/…/planning-ahead-for-corneal-epi…/

17) Terriens Marginal Degeneration – https://journal.opted.org/…/terriens-marginal-degeneration…/

18) Herpes Zoster Opthahalmicus – https://journal.opted.org/…/herpes-zoster-ophthalmicus-a-t…/

19) Traumatic Hyphema – https://journal.opted.org/…/traumatic-hyphema-a-teaching-c…/

20) Ocular and Generalized Myasthenia Gravis – https://journal.opted.org/…/ocular-and-generalized-myasthe…/

21) Idiopathic Macular Hole – https://journal.opted.org/…/idiopathic-macular-hole-a-teac…/

22) Functional Vision Loss in a Community Health Care Setting – https://journal.opted.org/…/functional-vision-loss-in-a-co…/

23) Carbon Monoxide and the Eye – https://journal.opted.org/…/carbon-monoxide-and-the-eye-a-…/

24) Anterior Uveitis – https://journal.opted.org/…/anterior-uveitis-teaching-case…/

25) Contact Lens Related Corneal Ulcer – https://journal.opted.org/…/contact-lens-related-corneal-u…/

26) Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis – https://journal.opted.org/…/vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-a-…/

27) Acute Ocular Trauma in a Child – https://journal.opted.org/…/acute-ocular-trauma-in-a-child…/

28) Critical Thinking in Diagnosing Primary Open Angle Glaucoma – https://journal.opted.org/…/critical-thinking-in-diagnosin…/

29) Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – https://journal.opted.org/articles/Volume37_number3_Summer_2012.pdf

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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 (https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory)

State Department Travel Advisories (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/)

How to keep in touch with local U.S. Embassies while on travel – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/)

For information/updates on licensure examinations, visit the website of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry: https://www.optometry.org/

Information from the Veterans Administration:

What are the best ways to Prevent and Prepare?

Visit cdc.gov 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. https://www.apa.org/members/content/covid-19-actions and https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics

3) Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health https://www.aspph.org/

4) ASCO produced podcast on Wellness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpR4ljTPlm8

5) National Association of School Psychologists Covid-19 Resource Center. https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/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 https://learn.astho.org/products/making-contact-a-training-for-covid-19-contact-tracers#

10) CDC Personal Protection Equipment Burn Rate Calculator https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/burn-calculator.html

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 (sfeldman@uab.edu).

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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A Short Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, ASCO President

Each July, ASCO swears in a new President to serve for the year. This year’s President, Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, sat down with ASCO’s Director of Communications, Kimberly O’Sullivan to talk about the next twelve months.

Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe is a proud alumna of Ferris State University College of Optometry, graduating with the class of 1988. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hoppe has a true pioneering spirit, and along the way has accomplished several notable firsts. She is the first woman to complete the residency program at the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center at the West Haven, Connecticut VA. She is the first woman to hold both the OD degree and the Doctorate of Public Health. She is the first woman to earn a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry’s Public Health and Environmental Optometry Section. She is the first woman to serve as the editor of the journal Optometric Education. In 2007 she became one of the first women to serve as the CEO and Dean of a College of Optometry in the United States, and one of only 22 individuals who has had the honor of serving as a founder of a College of Optometry in our professional history in the U.S.

ASCO: Dr. Hoppe, congratulations on being named ASCO President for fiscal year 2019-2020. What are you excited for most?

Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe: I am most excited to stretch and grow as I work to support creative strategies for ASCO to fulfill its organizational mission.

ASCO: What will be some of your top priorities this year?

EH: The quantity, quality, and diversity of our applicant pool remains a top priority for ASCO, and in fact overall for the future of our profession. We have put a lot of resources and support towards increasing awareness about our profession, targeting potential applicants. I am looking forward to seeing those efforts take off and expand over the coming year.  I am thrilled to see, in less than four months, the metrics of the campaign are outstanding. The campaign continues to reach millions of potential students and engage these students through paid and social media, direct mail, the campaign’s landing page, www.futureeyedoc.com and other deliverables. I am excited to see the outreach grow larger these next several months.

ASCO is also working to increase opportunities for volunteerism, while also seeking greater recognition for our volunteers. We will be working on refreshing our organizational structure and updating our bylaws to capture the dynamics of our changing organization, while we also work to implement key elements of our strategic plan.

ASCO: Talk to me more about the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign. How is it going so far? How are the institutions involved? What outcomes are you hoping to achieve? Any results you can share with us so far?

EH: The campaign has made quite a splash within our Optometry community as we have begun sharing the materials as part of the roll out. Many schools are sharing the information within their networks, such as faculty members, alumni, and preceptors, along with including the campaign in their social media.

But the real reach isn’t our internal audiences – it is college-aged juniors who have expressed an interest in STEM careers. Just recently, our public relations firm showed us some early analytics from the campaign and they are very very encouraging.

For instance, in just a little over four months, our paid ads have been seen by more than 14 million people! The benchmark for click to open rates of these types of ads is 0.1 % and we are showing open rates of .14% — that’s 40% higher than average!

We feature short stories about three of our ODs through our futureeyedoc.com landing page and our viewing through completion rate is out of this world. The benchmark is 30% completion rate and we are showing a completion rate of 75.39% — 140% higher than average.

We are seeing a 151.5% increase in applications through our OptomCAS system compared to this time last year. The results are extremely promising.

ASCO:  What drew you to optometry? What did you find most appealing about the field of optometry?

EH:  Like many people, I really respected and admired my own home town optometrist. I knew that I wanted to do something in science and health care, and when my high school physics teacher suggested optometry as a good choice, it seemed like a natural fit because of my positive experiences with my own doctor. What I love most about the profession is how broad it really is. Whatever your passion, you can find your niche within optometry.

ASCO: If you were speaking with a student who is interested in becoming a Doctor of Optometry or with a student who has the aptitude but may not know about optometry, what advice would you give them?

EH:  Visit a lot of different optometry practices. Find different practice emphasis areas and different practice modalities to learn more about the day-to-day experience. Talk with doctors of optometry and ask them to share more about their experiences and what they enjoy about their practices. Many years ago, when I was choosing to pursue optometry, visiting multiple practices was so beneficial. The thing that all of the different doctors had in common was a very high level of career satisfaction and they enjoyed going in to work every day.

ASCO: You are the founding Dean at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. Tell me about what you like about your institution and California, etc.

EH:  The thing that I like best about being at a health sciences university is the opportunity to learn from, and to collaborate with, other health professions. There is so much wonderful information that you can learn when you talk with other health professionals and other health professions educators. And we get to contribute to them right back!

ASCO: I would think balancing your responsibilities at Western and your responsibilities with ASCO could be a challenge. How will you balance everything?

EH:  I have a great administrative team at the College and I have a lot of confidence in them!

ASCO: We like to ask everyone we speak with to say something about the field of optometry that people may not know.

EH:  Clinically, I love working in the field of rehabilitation. There are many ways that you can support people through optometric vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, and care for vulnerable populations. When you practice in this area it challenges you to be at your highest levels and it also allows you to make the greatest difference. Working in rehabilitation allows you to literally change people’s lives by improving their ability to function and enhancing their quality of life.

ASCO: On a more personal note, tell us a little about your life outside of the workplace. What do you like to do outside of work?

EH:  I love to take on DIY home decorating projects. We recently moved and I have been transforming the dining room into a home wine bar experience. I love to garden, with special emphasis on supporting wildlife such as butterflies and other pollinators, hummingbirds, and song birds. I am proud to say that even with limited space, I have been able to establish a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. I also love to help keep old, discarded furniture out of the land-fill by doing upscale re-purposing projects. Recent creations include a “glam martini bar” and a “wine and cheese portable island” which I donated for silent auctions to raise scholarship funds through our University. At home my most recent creations are an armoire dog kennel and a combined seating and storage banquet remake of an old dresser from the Salvation Army. I love any chance to use my power tools!

Thank you for your time Dr. Hoppe! We look forward to working with you!

 

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Special Recognition Awards.

ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Arol Augsburger, President Emeritus of Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) is given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 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.

Prior to Dr. Augsburger’s appointment at ICO in 2002, he served 30 years in a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including the Interim Provost of UAB, Dean and Professor of the UAB School of Optometry, and Professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

“I am honored and proud to be named the ASCO 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awardee,” says Dr. Augsburger. “Indeed, it is recognition by colleagues in higher education who have revolutionized the profession of optometry during the last 50 years which is most gratifying. I have been fortunate to be an able part of that evolution of our profession during my career. Thank you.”

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. This year’s Rising Star awardee is Diane Russo, OD, MPH.

Dr. Diane Russo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Care at New England College of Optometry where she is Instructor of Record for the public health course sequence. She is also an Attending Optometrist at the Codman Square Health Center in Boston where she precepts second, third, and fourth year students.

Dr. Russo received her OD from SUNY College of Optometry, her MPH from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and received residency training at the West Haven VAMC. She is Chair-Elect for ASCO’s Public Health Educators Special Interest Group (SIG) and is an active member of the AOA and Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, serving on the Health Promotions Committee and Legislative Action Committee, respectively.

“I am incredibly honored to be nominated and chosen for this award,” says Dr. Russo. “It has been an amazing privilege to be able to care for patients, while also contributing to the profession by educating future Doctors of Optometry.”

ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award
The ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past Corporate Contributor partner company who demonstrates exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example for his/her colleagues in industry, and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education.

ASCO’s 2019 Industry Leadership Awardee is Richard E. Weisbarth, Vice President, Professional Affairs U.S. Vision Care of Alcon. Dr. Weisbarth received his OD degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He also served in the Contact Lens Practice Residency Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry.

“Supporting optometric education today is the best investment we can make for the future. By working together – ASCO, academia and industry can create a better tomorrow in vision care,” says Dr. Weisbarth.

Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence
The Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence recognizes the outstanding writing of a research article published in the ASCO Journal Optometric Education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Janoff, editor of the Journal from 2002-2005, and long-time member of the editorial review board who was known as an exceptional optometric educator, administrator, contact lens clinician and researcher. Dr. Janoff was also a beloved mentor of young writers.

Drs. Mark Dunne and Bhavna Pancholi of Aston University are this year’s recipients. Their article, Virtual Patient Instruction and Self-Assessment Accuracy in Optometry Students, was published in the Winter-Spring 2018 (Volume 43 Number 2) of Optometric Education.

Student Award in Clinical Ethics
ASCO and the Ethics Educators SIG announces Negar Sohbati as this year’s winner. This annual award, sponsored by Alcon, provides the winner with a stipend and plaque.

Negar is a student at ICO and is expected to graduate with her Doctor of Optometry degree next year. Her winning essay, Optometrist as Mandatory Reporter: What is Our Obligation to Keep the Roads Safe for All? will be considered for publication in Optometric Education.

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ROCKVILLE, MD, March 12, 2019 – Today, the Association of Schools and Colleges (ASCO) is proud to launch its national public awareness campaign – Optometry Gives Me Life.

This campaign was born out of the concern among ASCO and its optometric institutions with a troubling decline, in recent years, of qualified applicants to each institution’s first-year class.

Optometry Gives Me Life features three young and successful Doctors of Optometry through the new, lively, and vibrant website, www.futureeyedoc.org, as well as through other related materials.

Campaign materials show what a wonderful career optometry is: how it offers an enviable work/life balance, an excellent salary, 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.

Optometry Gives Me Life will reach college-aged students who have expressed an interest in a STEM or health profession, yet may not be considering optometry as an option. This outreach will occur through the futureeyedoc.orgwebsite, significant specialized and targeted social media outreach, publications and ancillary promotional materials, emails, and direct mail.

“Applications to optometry schools have declined somewhat in recent years, as is true for many other health profession institutions,” says Dr. David Damari, ASCO President. “At the same time, there are studies showing the need for services Doctors of Optometry provide will increase in the coming years, especially as the population continues to age. Doctors of Optometry are vital to the healthcare landscape and we need to not only ensure we have enough highly-qualified students graduating from our institutions and offering vital healthcare to our citizenry, but that we are promoting all the wonderful aspects about the career to young people who are deciding which career path to take.”

“Optometry is a wonderful career that so few consider when deciding which choice to make. We need to be more proactive about the public’s awareness if we want to remain competitive with other health professions in recruiting the best and brightest to optometry,” says Dr. Lewis Reich, Chair of ASCO’s Optometry Gives Me Life Task Force. “The Optometry Gives Me Life campaign is ASCO’s effort to help the profession attract those star students to optometry.”

Components to the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign include, but are not limited to:

The Optometry Gives Me Life campaign has been designed to provide resources to all those involved in the optometry community to participate. For example, schools and colleges of optometry are encouraged to use the Optometry Gives Me Life materials around their campuses, at local undergraduate institutions, and whenever they are participating in a recruiting event. Practitioners are also encouraged to display the campaign materials in their practices. If interested in receiving any of this printable materials, contact Ms. Paige Pence, ASCO’s Director of Student and Residency Affairs at ppence@opted.org.

ASCO wishes to thank its sponsors Hoya, Luxottica, National Vision and VSP Global for their support to the Optometry Gives Me Life campaign.

 

 

 

 

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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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