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The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Topiramate-Induced Acute Bilateral Angle Closure Glaucoma and Transient Myopia: A Teaching Case Report

Background Topiramate is a sulfamate-substituted monosaccharide used in the treatment of epilepsy and migraines.1 It also has an off-label use in the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression and as a weight reduction agent, among other uses.2 With the growing off-label use of this oral medication, it is important to raise awareness within the medical community […]
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The Implementation and Assessment of an Interprofessional Education Initiative at Salus University

Background Precipitated by the evolving healthcare environment over the past decades, interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP) have gained increased prominence in professional education.1,2 The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education defines IPE as occurring “when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality […]
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Evaluation of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration in Optometry

Background Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) encourages integration of healthcare services and has shown positive impact on professional practice, quality of care and health outcomes.1,2,3 IPC between optometry and ophthalmology is well-established; however, collaboration between optometry and other health professions is not standard practice.4,5 With both the aging population and the chronic disease population increasing, the risk […]
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Stay tuned to your Inbox for the announcement that the Summer 2015 issue of ASCO’s online newsletter Eye on Education is available. The issue will include a report on ASCO’s first Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF), which took place this spring. For more information about the OCEF, contact ASCO’s Manager of Professional Affairs Carol Brubaker.
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Shaping Student Attitudes Toward Healthcare Teams Through a Hybrid and an Online Interprofessional Education Course: Results from a Pilot Study

Introduction Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other in a collaborative environment: “all together for better health.”1 The ultimate goal of IPE is to prepare healthcare professionals who can practice collaboratively as a member of a team to improve patient outcomes by providing integrated […]
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Optometry Students’ Knowledge-Based Performance within Interprofessional Education Courses

Background Introduction The World Health Organization has emphasized the importance of preparing the healthcare workforce for teamwork and collaboration between healthcare providers and between providers and patients.1 According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there are as many as 98,000 deaths annually due to medical errors in hospitals,2 including preventable errors caused by failure of […]
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Incorporating Interprofessional Education into a VA Optometric Residency

Background According to the World Health Organization, interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.1 A primary goal of IPE is to produce healthcare providers capable of providing team-based care that meets the health needs of an […]
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Pilot Assessment of Teaching Anterior Segment Evaluation to Develop Interprofessional Education Programs

Background In medically based practice, frustration and confusion can occur during communication between specialty services and more general or diverse services. In most of these instances, the generalist is trying to receive a consultation in his or her department or trying to refer a patient to a specialized service. It can be difficult for the […]
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Student Award in Clinical Ethics

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and its Ethics Educators Special Interest Group are pleased to announce Molly Spatcher, OD, 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. Dr. Spatcher wrote her […]
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Going Nuclear: An Ethical Dilemma in Optometric Care

Patient Case A 62-year-old Caucasian male presented for a low-vision evaluation on referral from his ophthalmologists. He had recently been diagnosed with a sudden onset optic neuropathy and complained that his vision in both eyes had been getting progressively worse over the last month. He also described visual phenomena suggestive of Charles Bonnet syndrome. His […]
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Call for Papers for Two Upcoming Theme Editions

  Optometric Education announces that two future editions of the journal will each focus on a specific theme.   ► International Optometric Education: Global Expansion and Transformation (Deadline to submit papers: Jan. 1, 2016)   Over the past 20 years, the profession of optometry has undergone dramatic global changes: expanding scope of practice, increasing quality […]
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Authors Receive the Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence

Denise Goodwin, OD, FAAO, John R. Hayes, PhD (Pacific University College of Optometry) and Len Koh, PhD, OD, MBA (Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry) are the winners of the 2015 Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). The biannual award recognizes an outstanding research […]
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ASCO Awards 2015 Educational Starter Grants

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), along with supporters The Vision Care Institute, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and Luxottica, are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Educational Starter Grants. Grants were awarded to: • William Edmondson, OD, and Jennifer Snyder, OD, Southern College of […]
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A Season of Change in Optometric Education

While change can be beneficial, it can also be a challenge. This edition of the journal reflects that thought, as it highlights three major changes, each affecting either the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), this journal, optometric education as a whole, or all of the above. Leadership Change at ASCO; Longtime Executive […]
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Interprofessional Education on a Mission

Interprofessional education is becoming an increasingly vital part of the optometric curriculum. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), citing the World Health Organization (2010), defines interprofessional education as that which “occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health […]
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