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 ADVANCING OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION
One Collaboration At A Time
 During the course of the year, ASCO reached out
and worked collaboratively with a number of other associations and organizations to jointly advance optometry and optometric education. For instance,
the ASCO Board of Directors participated in a Joint ASCO-NBEO Board of Directors meeting in March, as well as a Joint Executive Committee meeting with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) and National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) in December. This is in addition to multiple meetings with the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the American Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), the World Council of Optometry (WCO), the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), and the Federation
of Associations of Schools in the Health Professions
ADVANCING OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION
One Advocate At A Time
ASCO is an active member of FASHP, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, and the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR/AEVR). ASCO is part of the CAS (centralized application service) Executive Group as well as the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) Advisory Council. ASCO also belongs to a number of other coalitions, including the National Health Council and Research!America. In 2019, ASCO joined the UBIT Coalition, and submitted nominations for open positions on ACOE, the NEI’s National Advisory Eye Council and AHRQ’s National Advisory Council Healthcare Research & Quality.
ASCO also appointed three representatives to the COPE Governing Committee. ASCO’s Government Affairs Council submitted board-approved recom- mendations to AOA for its Framework for Developing Curriculum Guidelines and Educational Standards
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
— Helen Keller
(FASHP), among others. ASCO continues to engage with other optometry associations, through the Inter- Organizational Communications and Cooperation Committee (IOCCC).
ASCO also partners with these and other groups
to offer programs and services that help administra- tors, faculty, residents and students alike. For instance, AAO, ARBO, and ASCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding around the governance of COPE. ASCO and ARBO also entered into an agreement for ASCO members to enjoy discounted rates on COPE accredita- tion fees. Plans were finalized for a joint Global Forum on Optometric Education in October 2019 in concert with the AAO and the World Council of Optometry. ASCO thanks all of our sister optometric groups for their continuing support and determination in advancing optometric education.
 for Advanced In-Office Primary Care Ophthalmic Procedures. ASCO staff serves in leadership positions on the FASHP Executive Committee; the National Health Council’s Finance Committee; and the Health Professions Week planning and executive committees.
ASCO’s Government Affairs Council submitted board-approved recommendations to AOA for its Framework for Developing Curriculum Guidelines and Educational Standards for Advanced In-Office Primary Care Ophthalmic Procedures.
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