April 2015

Applications for Residencies Increase

The number of applicants using ASCO’s Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) application service was 3% higher for 2015 than during the previous match cycle. According to results released March 9, 73% of the applicants were matched with an optometry residency program, and 86% of the available positions were filled. This year, 210 residency sites with 411 […]

Student Award in Clinical Ethics

Student Award in Clinical Ethics

ASCO and its Ethics Educators Special Interest Group are pleased to announce Molly Spatcher as the winner of the 2015 Student Award in Clinical Ethics. This annual national award, sponsored by International Vision Expo, provides the winner with $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. Molly, whose winning essay is titled “Going Nuclear: An Ethical Dilemma in […]

Optometry Virtual Fair Set for April 21

Optometry Virtual Fair Set for April 21

Registration is now open for ASCO’s 2015 Optometry Virtual Fair, which will take place on April 21. The online event gives anyone interested in applying to optometry school the opportunity to live chat with admissions representatives from all of the 21 ASCO member schools and colleges. Representatives will be available to answer questions and provide […]

ASCO Compiles Latest Annual Survey Data

ASCO Compiles Latest Annual Survey Data

ASCO recently completed its annual Faculty Data and Research Survey reports. According to the Faculty Data Report for Academic Year 2014-2015, the total number of 1.0 FTE faculty at the 21 member institutions increased 2.7% compared with the previous year, from 693 to 712. In addition, 47.5% of 1.0 FTE faculty members are male and […]

ASCO to Lead Dialogue on Specialties and Subspecialties in Optometry

ASCO to Lead Dialogue on Specialties and Subspecialties in Optometry

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) will be initiating a dialogue with multiple stakeholder organizations on the development of formal specialties and subspecialties in optometry as a result of action taken by the Board of Directors at its meeting on March 14, 2015, in Portland, Ore. The action came after a task […]

Thank You, Our Friend

Thank You, Our Friend

Next summer ASCO will celebrate its 75th anniversary as an organization. Throughout the remarkable growth in our membership, alongside the vast changes in the profession, we have been masterfully led by our Executive Director Marty Wall, behind the scenes for the past 25 of those years. This July, Marty will be retiring after a notable […]

Contact Lens Designed for Digital Life

Contact Lens Designed for Digital Life

Bausch + Lomb is calling consumers’ attention to survey results indicating that Americans spend more than 400 minutes per day staring at digital screens and how that affects blink rate and the visual experience. The company suggests its Ultra contact lenses with MoistureSeal technology as an accompanying technology upgrade because they have been shown to […]

SCO Announces Administration Changes

SCO Announces Administration Changes

Dr. Lewis Reich, Professor and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been named Interim President at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) following the recent resignation of Dr. Richard W. Phillips. Dr. Reich joined the SCO faculty in 2008 after nearly a decade with the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Dr. J. Bart Campbell, […]

College Takes on New Imaging Studies

College Takes on New Imaging Studies

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry is conducting an agreement and precision trial and a normative reference database trial with the OCT-1 Maestro, an optical coherence tomography device for which Topcon is seeking FDA clearance. The trials, which began in March and will continue until June 2015, involve patients in three categories: healthy, […]

ASCO Journal Publishes IPE Special Report

ASCO Journal Publishes IPE Special Report

ASCO’s journal Optometric Education has published a special report, “Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Collaborative Patient Care at U.S. Schools and Colleges of Optometry,” in its Winter-Spring 2015 issue. Prepared by Dr. John Baker (Illinois College of Optometry) and Dr. Melissa Vitek (Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry), both members of ASCO’s IPE and Collaborative Practice […]