August 2018

Enrollment in OD Programs Up 1.4%

Enrollment in OD Programs Up 1.4%

Full-time enrollment in the professional OD programs in the 50 states and Puerto Rico grew 1.4% to 7,124 in 2017-18, according to the 2017-18 Annual Student Data Report published in May 2018 by ASCO. There were 22 OD programs in 2016-17 and 23 programs in 2017-18. The number of full-time first-year students increased by 0.6% […]

ASCO Sees a Decrease in Applicants in 2017-2018

ASCO Sees a Decrease in Applicants in 2017-2018

ASCO experienced a 5.6% decrease in applicants in 2017-2018, compared to the previous application cycle. There were 2,527 applicants who submitted a total of 12,293 applications. For applications, OptomCAS experienced a 7.8% decrease in applications submitted compared to last year. On average, applicants applied to 4.86 schools and colleges. A full report on the 2017-2018 […]

The Profession of Optometry Ranks High

The Profession of Optometry Ranks High

Recently the field of optometry has received positive recognition in the news. CNBC names being an optometrist one of the ten jobs that pay over $100,000 with the least competition. This article, https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/10-jobs-that-pay-over-dollar100000-with-the-least-competition/ar-AAyF1pM?ocid=spartandhp says being a Doctor of Optometry offers a great median income and almost 1,500 open positions. Another popular media outlet, Indeed blog, […]

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Washington

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Washington

The ASCO Student Affairs Officers met at the Washington Hilton on June 27 during the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Annual Conference to discuss a variety of issues, including ASCO strategic planning, OptomCAS, the GRE as a standardized test option, and concerns about the size of the applicant pool. Dr. Stuart […]

Participate in the CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week Aug. 20-24

Participate in the CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week Aug. 20-24

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, is promoting the fifth annual Contact Lens Health Week August 20-24, 2018. This year’s campaign theme is “healthy habits mean healthy eyes” and focuses on encouraging contact lens wearers to practice safe contact lens habits every day. Failure to wear, clean, and store […]

Sharing News from Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Sharing News from Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Registration is open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) Clinical Skills Pre-Conference (September 20-21) and 27th annual General Conference (September 21-23) at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO. Clinical Skills Pre-Conference, Thursday, Sept. 20 – Friday, Sept. 21 The Clinical Skills program provides 12 hours of continuing education and includes both hands-on and […]

Dr. Mario Gutierrez ’84 reappointed to Texas Optometry Board

Dr. Mario Gutierrez ’84 reappointed to Texas Optometry Board

 Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Dr. Mario Gutierrez ’84 to the Texas Optometry Board (TOB) and he will also serve as the board’s presiding officer. According to Dr. Gutierrez, the TOB will modernize the continuing education recording process to make it more efficient and easier for licensees to track. The board will also expedite new […]

Four UHCO Researchers Receive 2018 Ezell Fellowships

Four UHCO Researchers Receive 2018 Ezell Fellowships

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced that four UHCO researchers – Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO; Gareth Hastings, BOptom; Suraj Upadhyaya, OD, FAAO; and Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO – have been selected as recipients of the 2018 William C. Ezell Fellowships. They were among a total of 13 recipients awarded this […]

AZCOPT Associate Dean Recognized by Phoenix Business Journal

AZCOPT Associate Dean Recognized by Phoenix Business Journal

Kaila Osmotherly, OD, FAAO, Associate Dean of the Arizona College of Optometry, has been selected as a member of the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Forty-Under-40” class. The “Forty-Under-40” list annually recognizes up-and-coming leaders in business and the community. This year, the Phoenix Business Journal selected its Class of 2018 from a pool of more than […]