December 2015 ASCO News

ASCO Welcomes 22nd Member

ASCO Welcomes 22nd Member

ASCO recently welcomed its newest member institution, the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). KYCO is the 22nd member of ASCO and the first optometry school in Kentucky. The program’s Founding Dean is Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, and its inaugural class is currently being recruited for fall 2016. Sixty students will be admitted per […]

ASCO Board Holds Fall Meeting in New Orleans

ASCO Board Holds Fall Meeting in New Orleans

The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Optometry (ASCO) held its fall meeting in New Orleans on Oct. 6. The meeting included a warm welcome to ASCO’s new Executive Director Dawn Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE. (Read a Q&A with Dawn.) ASCO President Dr. David Heath (SUNY) began the meeting with his President’s […]

Five Optometry Organizations Meet to Discuss Collaboration

Five Optometry Organizations Meet to Discuss Collaboration

Key leaders from five prominent associations in optometry, a group now known as the Inter-Organizational Communications and Cooperation Committee (IOCCC), met Oct. 25-26 in Denver to discuss opportunities for current and future collaboration. The IOCCC consists of representatives from ASCO, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the […]

Committee Co-Sponsors Academic Career Workshop for Students

Committee Co-Sponsors Academic Career Workshop for Students

The 2015 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) annual meeting in New Orleans was the setting for a workshop jointly developed by the AAO and the ASCO Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). “Charting Your Career in Academic Optometry and Research: A Session for Optometry and Graduate Students,” held Oct. 9 at the convention center, was part of […]

Applicant, Entering Class, Post-Graduate Data Available Online

Applicant, Entering Class, Post-Graduate Data Available Online

ASCO’s “Profile of Applicants to OD Degree Programs for Fall 2015 Entering Class” is available on the Association’s website. The report lists the numbers of male and female applicants, the numbers of applicants who were in-state, out-of-state or from a foreign country, applicants’ average GPA and average Optometry Admission Test score as well as other […]

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

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 […]

New Podcast from ASCO

New Podcast from ASCO

The latest podcast released by ASCO (ASCO and New Beginnings) features President Dr. David Heath and Executive Director Dawn Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE, who discuss the latest news from the Association as well as changes within the climate of optometric education and health care in general and how they will be addressed. They also provide […]

ABO to be Listed as Certifying Board on Physician Compare

ABO to be Listed as Certifying Board on Physician Compare

On Oct. 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule updating its policies for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Included with the updates is the decision to include “certifying board” with provider credentials on the Physician Compare website at Medicare.gov. Specifically, […]

ASCO Faculty Members Named AAO Diplomates and Fellows

ASCO Faculty Members Named AAO Diplomates and Fellows

Congratulations to faculty from ASCO member schools and colleges who were named Diplomate or Fellow at Academy 2015 New Orleans, the 94th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Diplomates Dr. Swati C. Modi, University of Houston College of Optometry Dr. Ava K. Bittner, NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry Dr. Karl Citek, Pacific […]