ASCO Celebrates 75 Years - A Look Back by Dr. Arol R. Augsburger - President, Illinois College of Optometry

Posted by Dr. Arol Augsburger

Jun 21, 2016 9:27:57 AM

The first recollection I have of interacting with ASCO Board members goes back to the early 1970’s when I was a young and naïve faculty member of The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Frederick Hebbard at that time was Dean of the OSU College of Optometry. He had followed Dr. Glenn Fry who was the Director of the optometry program before it gained independent college status. Dr. Hebbard had arranged for a meeting at the then new Fawcett Center on the OSU campus and had invited ASCO representatives to attend. I remember meeting Dr. Meredith Morgan, Dr. Henry “Hank” Peters, Dr. Bill Baldwin, Dr. Norman Wallis, Dr. Wid Bleything, and Dr. Henry Hofstetter among many other attendees representing the schools and colleges of optometry existing at that time... half the number of institutions we have today. These “guys” could talk, and talk, and talk. They were brilliant but highly opinionated leaders and I felt privileged to meet them.

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Educational Research

Posted by Aurora Denial, OD

Jun 7, 2016 9:41:41 PM

Educational research should be at the forefront for all faculty, independent of subject taught, degree or level of education. Educational research can provide information on how our students learn and how we can be more effective teachers. Best practices for teaching methodology, delivery and assessment areAurora Denial, OD key to our success in the academic environment. Outcomes assessment along with the dissemination of information (publication) should be a goal for all faculty. How do faculty and administrators make curricular changes in education? Are decisions based on trying something new, trying to be different, and opinions or are changes driven by well-designed educational research? Evidence-based teaching is not a new concept and should drive the decision making in academia. In some circles, educational research has not been considered as important or necessary as basic research or clinical research. This may be secondary to prestige, incentives and funding sources. There is also the misguided notion that expertise in a subject translates to the ability to teach the material. Educational research can help educators be successful. Additionally, it can have a major impact in the professions of optometry and academia.

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Best Things about Optometry School

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

May 13, 2016 10:40:02 AM

Eye on Optometry recently asked students and graduates to tell us what they consider to be the Best Things about Optometry School. And while the answers convey a lot about optometry school, they say just as much about the students and graduates themselves. For starters, their enthusiasm for all things optometry school — and optometry in general — is obvious. 

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Part II: Where and How Will You Practice Optometry? Four ODs Talk About the Settings They’re Currently In

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

May 2, 2016 9:29:16 AM

One of the many appealing elements of a career in optometry is the variety of settings in which doctors of optometry can work. We asked ODs from several different practice types to answer some questions, including what they find most challenging and most rewarding about their job, to give you a glimpse into the possibilities. Part II of this blog will cover the following settings:  large group private optometry practice, private practice (two owners), corporate optical adjacent and the opththalmic industry.

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Part I: Where and How Will You Practice Optometry? Four ODs Talk About the Settings They’re Currently In

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Apr 14, 2016 1:49:36 PM

One of the many appealing elements of a career in optometry is the variety of settings in which doctors of optometry can work. We asked ODs from several different practice types to answer some questions to give you a glimpse into the possibilities. Part I of this blog will cover the following settings: academic practice, solo private practice, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and corporate. Other practice settings will be covered in Part II.   

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Too Cool for School? Nope. The Schools and Colleges of Optometry are Exactly Where You’ll Find the Latest, Quite Amazing, Diagnostic Technologies

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Mar 1, 2016 1:08:13 PM

Technology is an integral part of practicing medicine today, and optometry is no exception. Diagnostic technologies in particular have advanced rapidly. As the latest instruments make their way into clinical practice, they also become part of optometric education. The schools and colleges of optometry are committed to ensuring their students graduate with a full understanding of state-of-the-art technology. Many of the diagnostic technologies that optometry students are using today are game-changers for patient care.

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A Message from ASCO Executive Director, Dawn Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Jan 29, 2016 4:41:56 PM

We are well in the New Year and I wish you a wonderful 2016. 

As I reflect back on 2015, there is much I would like to share. 

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Optometry and the Future of Health Care:  Schools and Colleges Embrace Interprofessional Education

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Jan 4, 2016 1:52:11 PM

The curriculum for any student entering optometry school today will in some way include interprofessional education (IPE). IPE is a hot topic throughout medicine and an area of much activity in optometry. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a leader in working to ensure optometry students are prepared to participate in interprofessional care (IPC) when they graduate. The Association’s “Attributes of Students Graduating from Schools and Colleges of Optometry” calls for recipients of the Doctor of Optometry degree to have the ability to appropriately use all resources, including ancillary personnel, intra- and interprofessional collaboration, co-management and referral, in ensuring the best quality of patient care and to be committed to working as an integral member of the larger interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient care outcomes.

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Optometry:  Good Work, Good Life

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Nov 24, 2015 11:13:50 AM

When it comes to being a great career choice, optometry always makes the list. Literally. A variety of outlets, including the Washington Post, Kiplinger and CNNMoney, routinely rank optometry with other vocations they deem, for example, “top industries for women entrepreneurs” or “best careers.” A big reason optometry gets noticed in this way is the satisfying work/life balance it can provide relative to other professions.

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Want to Learn about an Optometry School?  The Best Way to Be in the Know is to Go!

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Oct 17, 2015 4:05:00 PM

In this month’s Eye on Optometry blog post, we address campus visits. If you’re considering applying to optometry school, visiting the campuses of the schools and colleges of optometry you think you’d like to attend is a crucial part of the process. There are plenty of opportunities to do so!

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About Eye on Optometry

Welcome to Eye on Optometry, a new blog from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)! The main goal of the blog is to provide timely and useful information to anyone who is interested in applying to optometry school. It’s all part of one of ASCO’s many strategic objectives, which is to help the schools and colleges of optometry develop a large, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool while getting the word out about the attractiveness of a career in the profession.  We will also blog about other optometry-related topics from time to time.

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