It’s Time for Students to Enter to Win Clinical Ethics Essay Contest

The deadline to enter to win ASCO’s Student Award in Clinical Ethics is Feb. 15, 2016. This annual award is available to optometry students during any point in their professional program at an ASCO-affiliated school or college of optometry in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. The award is given based on an essay of up to 1,500 words describing any one of the following scenarios:

• a patient-based case study the student encountered as part of a clinical learning experience

• a research-based case scenario the student encountered during a clinical or didactic learning experience

• a professional ethics-based scenario the student encountered during clinical or didactic learning.

The essay must describe and discuss the ethical theories and values that were used in the decision-making process and address relevant state laws relating to the case (if applicable). The essay must be of publishable quality.

Each school or college of optometry is permitted to submit only one essay through its assigned award coordinator. A committee of the ASCO Ethics Educators Special Interest Group will select one award recipient. The award consists of a plaque and $1,000.

Before submitting the essay, digital photo of the author and publication release form to Sara Lau via e-mail, entrants should review the complete contest requirements at the ASCO website.