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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 […]

China Re-Affirms its Gratitude for Dr. Heath

China Re-Affirms its Gratitude for Dr. Heath

ASCO President Dr. David A. Heath was honored at a gala event at the Consulate General of China in New York in March as one of 10 of the region’s past recipients of major Chinese honors. This was the first time that China’s Consulate General in New York had gathered a group of major foreign […]

Tune in to the Latest ASCO Podcast

Tune in to the Latest ASCO Podcast

Check out Education Enhanced Through Patient Care, the latest addition to ASCO’s series of podcasts. This installment features Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Assistant Dean of Clinical Care Services and Assistant Professor at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, and Dr. Elizabeth Steele, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Optometry at the University […]

ASCO Welcomes 23rd Member

ASCO Welcomes 23rd Member

The Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University is ASCO’s newest member. The college’s inaugural class of approximately 60 students will begin their studies in fall 2017. The new four-year program, located in Downers Grove, Ill., will provide a strong foundation in the basic and visual sciences, the application of scientific principles to diagnosis and management […]

Dr. Walls Returns to ASCO Board

Dr. Walls Returns to ASCO Board

Dr. Lesley L. Walls, Founding Dean of the MCPHS University School of Optometry, has returned to serve as Dean again. He has also returned to a seat on the ASCO Board of Directors. Dr. Walls had been a member of the Board in the past and was the Association’s President in 1994/1995. He has also […]

ASCO Partners with MediaPlanet in National Vision Awareness Campaign

ASCO Partners with MediaPlanet in National Vision Awareness Campaign

ASCO recently participated in a MediaplanetUSA national campaign to raise awareness about maintaining healthy vision and hearing by placing ads calling attention to optometry as a desirable career choice. Part of the campaign is a print supplement that was distributed with USA Today on March 18. The supplement contains information about new technologies to help […]

Want to Waive Your $1,500 Board Certification Exam Fee?

Want to Waive Your $1,500 Board Certification Exam Fee?

ASCO and the American Board of Optometry (ABO) are currently offering a special benefit to qualified, full-time optometry faculty. ABO will waive the $1,500 examination fee for faculty members who sign up to take the July 2016 Board Certification exam and agree to complete a one-time feedback survey about the exam and to review and […]

ASCO Mobilizes Strategic Planning Process

ASCO Mobilizes Strategic Planning Process

The ASCO Strategic Planning Task Force, ASCO Board of Directors, ASCO staff and other invited guests convened for a first strategic planning session. Not since 2002 has ASCO embarked on a comprehensive Strategic Plan. The day-long planning session, adjacent to the Board of Directors meeting, was held in Scottsdale, Ariz. Divided into four groups, all […]

The Desert Southwest Hosts ASCO Board of Directors Meeting

The Desert Southwest Hosts ASCO Board of Directors Meeting

On March 10, 2016, ASCO’s Board of Directors gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a condensed, but no less productive, meeting. Two new optometric institutions were welcomed as members of ASCO: the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry and the Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University. Both Founding Deans, Dr. Andrew Buzzelli and Dr. […]

Number of Optometry Residency Positions Increases

Number of Optometry Residency Positions Increases

The results of ASCO’s Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) for 2016 were released on March 7. This year, 223 optometry residency sites, which had 429 available positions, participated. Last year, 210 participating residency sites had 411 available positions. In 2016, 81% of positions were filled, and 72% of applicants matched with a program. Matched applicants submitted […]