SIG News

Binocular Vision and Perception Educators
Met: Nov. 11, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Christina Esposito (AZCOPT)
Actions: Dr. Alicia Feis (AZCOPT) to be chair beginning in 2018
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: collecting input for finalization of binocular vision/pediatric competencies for optometry school graduates … curriculum/sequence review of the pediatrics/binocular vision/strabismus courses at different schools … consideration of a summer SIG meeting

Biomedical Science Educators
Met: November 11, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Jan Bergmanson (UHCO)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: needs of the SIG in teaching resources, images and texts … subgroups in the SIG? … communication through the ASCO network … NBEO subject outlines and general transparency … strategic planning update: ASCO

Members of the Clinical Directors/Administrators SIG during their September 2016 meeting.

Members of the Clinical Directors/Administrators SIG during their September 2016 meeting.

Clinical Directors/Administrators
Met: Sept. 22-24, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Christina Wilmer (UCB)
Actions: Dr. Nicky Holdeman (UHCO) delivered the Dr. Lester Caplan Honorary Lecture: reflections, musings and observations from 27 years as a clinic director
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: how to work with millennials: Lisa Feldman (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business) … enhancing optometric education through industry-provided resources with moderator Dr. Charissa Lee (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care) and panelists Al Brooks (Topcon Medical Systems), Dr. Darin Closson (Walmart) and Dr. John Lahr (EyeMed Vision Care) … successes and failures in the optometry clinic: Dr. Greg Nixon (OSU), Dr. Carole Timpone (PUCO) and Rob Herrick (UCB) … branding your practice in a convenience-driven society: Rebecca Andersen (UCB School of Information) … leadership excellence: an opportunity for optometric excellence: Dr. Frank Schultz (UCB Haas School of Business)
Sponsors: Optos, RevolutionEHR, Topcon Medical Systems, Nidek, Walmart, Alcon, Haag-Streit USA, Nidek, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Volk Optical Inc., Keeler Instruments, Transitions Optical, Marco/Eye Designs, Hoya Vision Care, Eye Med Vision Care, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, M&S Technologies, Heine, VSP Global, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Compulink Business Systems, Allergan Eye Care, Bausch + Lomb, Essilor of America, Oculus

Clinical Optometric Methods & Procedures Instructors
Met: Nov. 8, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Dr. Laura Falco (SUNY) and Dr. Joan Portello (SUNY)
Actions: Dr. Falco and Dr. Portello to remain chairs for next year
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: NBEO plans for the future, pass rates, injection pitfalls: Dr. Lyndon Wong, NBEO Director of Clinical Skills Testing … progress with the Eyesi Indirect Ophthalmoscope simulator: Dr. Heather Anderson (UHCO) … lab assessments, station by station, how does your program do it?: SUNY: Dr. Portello; IUSO: Dr. Richard Meetz; NECO: Dr. Bina Patel; SCCOMBKU: Dr. Cathie Heyman; Salus/PCO: Dr. Helene Kaiser; OSU: Dr. Dawn Goedde
Sponsors: Keeler and Heine

Continuing Education Directors
Met: Nov. 11, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Grantner (ICO), Betshally Torres (SUNY)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: COPE changes/COPE changes Q&A … adopting technology … online CE [platforms, recording techniques, World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA), etc.] … negotiating contracts (speakers, venues, partnerships, etc.) … destination CE programs best practices
Sponsor: Alcon

Members of the Development Directors SIG during their September 2016 meeting.

Members of the Development Directors SIG during their September 2016 meeting.

Development Directors
Met: Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Connie Scavuzzo (ICO), Chair; Erika Bernal (SCCOMBKU), Chair-Elect; Andrea Carthew (UWSOVS), Immediate Past Chair
Actions: appointment of Bernal as Chair, Dr. Maryke Neiberg (CCO) as Chair-Elect, and Scavuzzo as Immediate Past Chair
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: The Artful Asker: Marcy Heim
Sponsors: Allergan, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Luxottica, National Vision, Vision Service Plan, Walmart

Educational Technology
Met: Nov. 11, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Dean Swick (SCO)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: information security discussion led by Dr. Swick … demonstration of new collaboration tools: ASCO … roundtable discussions, including ExamSoft, e-bools … strategic planning: ASCO

Ethics Educators
Met: Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Paula McDowell (MCO)
Actions: Dr. Melissa Suckow (CCO) elected Vice-Chair
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: optometric ethics education, a faculty survey: Dr. James Miller (MCO) … how to improve ethics education within each optometry school … ASCO strategic plan update: ASCO Executive Director Dawn Mancuso

Externship Directors SIG
Met: Sept. 22, 2016, in Berkeley Calif.
Chairs: Cheryl Ervin (SCO) and Dr. Harue Marsden (SCCOMBKU)
Actions: helped develop ASCO’s upcoming externship director survey
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: creation of a working group to look into cooperating on site visits for externship sites shared by multiple optometric programs … 2017 ACOE accreditation standards and how they affect optometry externship programs: Dr. Bart Campbell (ACOE) and Joyce Urbeck (ACOE) … updates on ASCOConnect and ASCO strategic planning … U.S. Veterans Administration update: Dr. John Townsend … U.S. Navy update: Dr. Kevin Jackson and Dr. Matt Horner … Indian Health Service update: Dr. Pam Conrad … how to work with millennials: Lisa Feldman (UCB Haas School of Business) … leadership excellence: Frank Schultz (UCB Haas School of Business)
Sponsors: Alcon, Allergan

International Optometric Educators
Met: Nov. 11, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Hector Santiago (IAUPR)
Actions: election of IOE SIG Chair Dr. Marcela Frazier (IAUPR)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: VOSH Update: Dr. Ellen Weiss and Dr. Greg Pearl … progress report, Latin American region: Dr. Hugo Farhat, President, Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics … progress report, European region: Peter Gumpelmayer, Vice-President, European Council of Optometry and Optics … WCO Education Committee update: Dr. Gerald Lowther … Brien Holden Institute update: Dr. Luigi Bilotto
Sponsor: Alcon

Low Vision Educators
Met: Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chair: Dr. Sharon Lee (NSU)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: new wearable electronic magnification technology by Iris Vision/Visionize: Ammad Khan and Dr. Frank Werblin … ASCO strategic planning update: ASCO Executive Director Dawn Mancuso … progress on low vision iBook … research in the field of ADHD and low vision: Dr. Dawn DeCarlo (UAB)
Next Summer Meeting: July 13-15, 2017, at UMSL in St. Louis

Neuro-rehab Educators
Met: Nov. 8 and Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Dr. Valerie Wren (WUCO), Chair, and Dr. Surbhi Bansal (UCB), Chair-Elect
Actions: decision to use ASCOConnect as main online collaboration tool for sharing curricular ideas, maintaining discussion topics, and contributing clinical cases for student learning … teleconference planned regarding Delphi survey to reach consensus on entry-level clinical competencies in neuro-optometric rehabilitation
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: review of concepts around writing learning objectives and creation of a writing group to further organize and define student learning objectives … ASCO strategic plan review and feedback: Dr. Larry Davis (UMSL)
Sponsor: Chadwick Optical

Public Health Educators
Met: Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Incoming Chair, Dr. Janet Leasher (NSU); Chair Elect, Dr.
Mordichai Soroka (SUNY); Immediate Past Chair, Dr. Patrick Yoshinaga (SCCOMBKU), Past Chair, Dr. Robert Kleinstein (UABSO)
Actions: approved public health and environmental vision core competencies and learning objectives document to be submitted to the ASCO Board … Dr. Soroka elected as Chair-Elect
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: ASCO strategic planning: Dr. David Heath (SUNY) … creating an online resource of public health content for educators … recommending public health-related content for NBEO examinations

Residency Educators
Met: Nov. 10, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Chairs: Dr. Doug Hoffman (NECO) and Dr. David Loshin (NSU)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: ASCO Residency Affairs Committee update: Dr. Loshin … ORMatch update: Dr. Scott Slagle (VA) … Accreditation Council on Optometric Education update: Dr. J. Bart Campbell … AAO Residents Day update: Dr. Wesley DeRosier (Northeastern State) … VA residencies update: Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Debbie Hettler … ASCO remarks: ASCO President Dr. Karla Zadnik (OSU) … subspecialization in low vision rehabilitation: Dr. Stanley Woo (SCCOMBKU) … AOA membership update: Dr. Caroline Pate (UABSO) and Stacey Struckhoff
Roundtable Discussions: creating new external residencies (cost, curriculum, faculty, facilities, etc.) … mandatory residencies pros and cons
Sponsor: Alcon

Vision Science Librarians
Met: Nov. 9-11, 2016, in Anaheim, Pomona and Fullerton, Calif.
Chair: Leslie Holland (SCO)
Discussion Topics/Speaker Highlights: NAEVR/AEVR: James Jorkasky … bibliometrics: Gale Oren (University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center) … assessment and metrics: Pamela Sieving, National Institutes of Health, and Bette Anton, University of California, Berkeley … leadership plan discussion, looking ahead to 2017 and beyond … NEI funding: optometric contributions to the literature 2000-2015: Sieving and Anton