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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 United States and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate members.

 

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ASCO participated in MediaplanetUSA’s Vision and Hearing campaign where we joined forces with industry leaders and advocates to raise awareness of the the millions of Americans currently living with some form of vision or hearing impairment. Learn about the technologies being developed to give people affected by these disabilities hope as well as gain valuable information for protecting the most valued sense: vision. The campaign was distributed through USAToday on March 18th 2016 and online.

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ROCKVILLE, MD, December 1, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s (ASCO) Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee (DCCC) is pleased to announce their Case Studies in Cultural Competency is available.

For those wanting to incorporate cultural competency into their teaching or clinical efforts, this must-have tool is a downloadable compendium and contains the seven winning and best case studies from two years of entries to the ASCO Cultural Case Study Competition for Students and Residents.

“As a collection, these are nothing less than amazing. When we asked for case studies, I imagine none of us anticipated what we would get,” according to Dr. Janet Leasher Professor/Director of Community Outreach at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. “[I] am very grateful to our young colleagues for contributing such powerful case studies. They are [also] written in such an intimate way, as if I am sitting in the exam room with the doctor and patient feeling and seeing everything they are experiencing.”

Each case study describes patient-based encounters in detail and how cultural competency played a role. The studies offer details regarding patient-centered attitude, knowledge and skills as well as the dilemma or circumstance pertaining to cultural awareness/competency and how the situation was handled, and what was learned from it. A “case discussion questions” section is also included in the document.

“The case studies will no doubt generate important conversations among faculty and students,” says Dr. Larry J. Davis, Dean of the University of Missouri at St. Louis College of Optometry and Chair of the DCCC. “Ultimately, the committee looks forward to learning how the studies are incorporated into the teaching and learning experiences at the schools and colleges of optometry.”

This valuable resource was made possible by Walmart’s generous funding.

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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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ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Special Recognition Awards.

R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council’s Chief Executive Officer, is this year’s Industry Leadership Award winner.

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

Mr. Daley is recognized for his long history of support of ASCO and his enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership. He has consistently championed programs that have advanced and enhanced optometric education and have benefited students, faculty and residents.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Industry Leadership Award from ASCO and am proud to support their commitment to promoting and advancing excellence in optometric education,” says Daley. “In return, I pledge to continue as an advocate for optometry related causes in the vision community, particularly those that educate the public about eye health and the importance of annual eye care.”

Additional awardees are: ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Morris Berman, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; and ASCO Rising Star Awardees, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry and Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry.

Mr. Daley and his fellow awardees were recognized during ASCO’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 in Boston, MA.

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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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ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) bestows Dr. Morris Berman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding individual who, over an extended period of time, has provided exceptional leadership, made outstanding contributions, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to ASCO and optometric education.

Dr. Berman, of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (SCCOMBKU), has exemplified what it means to be a leader in optometric education, having made and continuing to make outstanding contributions. Dr. Berman has displayed extraordinary commitment and dedication to SCCOMNKU, ASCO, optometric education, the profession, and to the public, both in the US and abroad.

“It is such an honor to be selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award. I am humbled that ASCO would choose me,” says Dr. Berman. “Over the past thirty plus years, I’ve learned a few things that I feel sure of. One is simple and we all live it every day; that we can only provide the best education for students when we communicate with our peers, stay up-to-date in our knowledge, and learn from one another. I have personally gained so much from my fellow optometric educators. ASCO facilitates these connections between us, and I am pleased, proud, and deeply touched to be receiving this award.”

Additional Special Recognition Awards winners are: Industry Leadership Award, R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council; and ASCO Rising Star awardees, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry, and Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry. 

Dr. Berman and his fellow awardees were recognized during ASCO’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 in Boston, MA.

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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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ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Special Recognition Awards.

Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry’s (NSUOCO) Director of Continuing Education, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, is named a Rising Star.

Generously 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 objectives or programs of ASCO.

Dr. Lighthizer is recognized for his outstanding contributions to NSUOCO through teaching, scholarship, administration and professional service and most noticeably in contributions to ASCO’s Clinical Directors/Administrators Special Interest Group.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this award,” says Dr. Lighthizer. “It was a true shock and I would like to thank ASCO for this wonderful honor and for all they do for the schools and colleges of optometry. I also want to thank Dean Doug Penisten and Associate Dean Kippi Wyatt for their leadership and mentorship over the past few years.”

Additional awardees are: ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Morris Berman, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; Industry Leadership Award, R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council; and additional ASCO Rising Star Award, Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry. 

Dr. Lighthizer and his fellow awardees were recognized during ASCO’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 in Boston, MA.

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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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