December 2014

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

The ASCO Board of Directors held a full-day meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Chicago, one day before the start of the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2017 Conference. The meeting was led by ASCO President Dr. David Damari, Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The dean or president (or voting […]

Fall Meeting Highlights: ASCO Embraces IPE and Collaborative Practice as a Core Strategic Objective

Fall Meeting Highlights: ASCO Embraces IPE and Collaborative Practice as a Core Strategic Objective

The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) added Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Collaborative Practice to its core Strategic Objectives. The action, taken at the Board’s Nov. 11, 2014 meeting in Denver, Colo., formalizes ASCO’s recognition of the importance of educating Doctor of Optometry students in multidisciplinary environments and […]

ASCO Launches Podcast Series

ASCO Launches Podcast Series

“Is Optometry for Me?” and “Why Academic Optometry?” are the first two podcasts in a series that ASCO is distributing. The series will cover various topics pertaining to the profession and ASCO member institutions. Each podcast will be available on iTunes as well as on ASCO’s YouTube channel and website. • Dr. Michael Bacigalupi, Assistant […]

Journal Editor is First Diplomate for AAO Optometric Education Section

Journal Editor is First Diplomate for AAO Optometric Education Section

Dr. Aurora Denial, Editor of ASCO’s journal Optometric Education and Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), is the first person to earn the status of Diplomate for the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) Optometric Education Section. She joins a specialized group of 326 AAO Fellows (7%) who have achieved the distinction of Diplomate. […]

Vital Source Makes Sense for Students in Health Science Programs

Vital Source Makes Sense for Students in Health Science Programs

Vital Source Technologies Inc. was founded in 1994 with a vision of bringing learning and development resources into the digital age. Vital Source was acquired by Ingram Industries in 2006 as part of the formation of Ingram Digital Group. Today, Vital Source is Ingram’s fastest-growing business, and our Bookshelf platform is the most preferred and […]

SIG News

SIG News

Unless otherwise indicated, the ASCO contact for all Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is Programs and Meetings Manager LaShawn Sidbury, CMP, lsidbury@opted.org or (301) 231-5944 ext. 3012. BINOCULAR VISION AND PERCEPTION EDUCATORS Met: Nov. 15, 2014 in Denver Chair: Dr. Pia Hoenig Actions: Dr. Christina Esposito was unanimously chosen to be Chair-Elect Discussion Topic Highlights: core […]

ASCO’s Paige Pence Honored by Partner Company

ASCO’s Paige Pence Honored by Partner Company

Liaison International, a provider of admissions management, CRM and marketing solutions to more than 4,500 higher education programs, recently thanked Paige Pence, ASCO’s Director of Student and Residency Affairs, for her valuable contribution to the new version of OptomCAS, the Liaison software that drives Optometry’s Centralized Application Service. According to Meghan VanSpriell, Vice President of […]

IPE Corner

IPE Corner

IPE and Collaborative Practice Committee Identifies Best Practices Along with ASCO’s embracing IPE and Collaborative Practice as a Core Strategic Objective, the IPE Task Force that was established in 2013 has transitioned to become the IPE and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Committee. The committee’s focus remains identifying and sharing with member institutions best practices in IPE […]

Poster Explains Evaluation of Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines Implementation Workshops

Poster Explains Evaluation of Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines Implementation Workshops

At the 2014 American Academy of Optometry annual meeting in Denver, ASCO’s Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines Subcommittee of the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee presented the results of an evaluation of on-site workshops that were held at nine schools and colleges of optometry in 2013-2014. The Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines Implementation Workshops, made possible by […]

ASCO Welcomes New Staff Member

ASCO Welcomes New Staff Member

Amanda Miller has joined ASCO in the role of Manager of Administrative and Board Services/Executive Assistant. A graduate of the Rutgers University School of Communications, for the past six years she has worked with medical specialty societies and an association management company. Her skills and experience cover a wide range of association functions and activities, […]