Funding Secured for Future Online Clinical Educators Forums

The ASCO Clinical Affairs Committee (CAC) is pleased to announce that its Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF) has received generous support for 2017 and 2018. The ASCO Clinic Directors/Administrators (CD/A) SIG confirmed that it will provide funding in the amount of $20,000.

The CAC conducted the first OCEF in April 2015. The event reached more than 150 registered clinical faculty and many additional attendees who participated in group viewing settings at ASCO’s schools and colleges. The second OCEF was held in June 2016 and reached more than 180 clinical faculty. Both programs were developed by the OCEF planning group under the direction of then CAC Chair Dr. Donald Jarnagin (AZCOPT) and assisted technically by the State University of New York College of Optometry’s IT department via WebEx.

Dr. David Damari (MCO), 2016-17 Chair of the CAC, members of the CAC, and additional planning group members who are active in the CD/A SIG will meet in mid-January 2017 to plan the 2017 OCEF. The goal of this clinical education professional development effort is to enable participants to:

  • develop relationships with other faculty who have similar interests to allow for personal enrichment and to provide insights that can be conveyed back to institutions
  • explore collaborative efforts in clinical research and clinic procedure development
  • share best practices

The OCEF supports the CAC’s objective of identifying ways for schools and colleges of optometry to informally share expertise and resources in clinical education, services, research and administration. For more information, e-mail Carol Brubaker, ASCO’s Manager of Professional Affairs.