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The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Plateau Iris Syndrome and Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma: A Teaching Case Report

  Background Primary angle closure glaucoma is characterized by apposition of the peripheral iris to the trabecular meshwork as a result of abnormal size and position of anterior segment structures or posterior segment pressure forces that alter the anterior segment anatomy.1,2,3 The four most common causes of angle closure glaucoma are: pupillary block, plateau iris, […]
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Perceived Enhanced Clinical Readiness for Second-Year Optometry Interns

  Introduction Healthcare educators increasingly recognize the benefits of early, direct exposure to patient care,1,2 defined as authentic patient contact in a clinical setting that enhances learning.3 Benefits of early exposure to patient care include developing comfort with patients, developing efficient clinical skills, encouraging active learning, making learning more relevant, and reducing difficulty with transition […]
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Coming in August

Stay tuned to your Inbox for the announcement that the Summer 2016 issue of Eye on Education — the online newsletter from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) — is available. The issue will include an interview with ASCO’s new President Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, the Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry […]
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Initial Evaluation of an Optometric Outreach Educational Program

  Background Experiential learning is key in the education of healthcare professionals.1 It is a significant and valued component in the education of third- and fourth-year optometry learners at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (WOVS). As part of the clinical program, external geriatric and pediatric services are provided by optometrists […]
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The Effect on Knowledge and Attitude of an Interprofessional Education Curriculum for Optometry and Physician Assistant Students

Background The complexities of patient care have necessitated increased specialization within the U.S. healthcare system. This has created potential schisms in care as well as potential safety issues. Distinction among professionals has led to a lack of knowledge of the expertise of other health professionals and pre-conceptions and stereotyping that negatively affect collaborative practice. Pham […]
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Nurse Practitioner Students, Optometry Students and Faculty Members Engage in Community-Based Interprofessional Practice

The Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences have partnered in health professional education and collaborative patient care by developing and implementing an interprofessional healthcare model in which graduate nurse practitioner students participate in eye and vision patient care at The Eye Institute, a community-based […]
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Student Award in Clinical Ethics

ASCO and its Ethics Educators SIG are pleased to announce Krystal Chee, OD, as the winner of the 2016 Student Award in Clinical Ethics. The winner of this annual national award receives $1,000 and an engraved plaque. Dr. Chee is a 2016 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry. Her winning […]
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Student Award in Clinical Ethics

Patient’s Request Presents Ethical Dilemma A 57-year-old Caucasian female presented to a community clinic for an eye exam with the chief complaint of being “unable to see anything.” This patient was being followed by an outside ophthalmologist, whose previous records revealed a history of dense panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) for proliferative diabetic retinopathy OU, a macular […]
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2016 Educational Starter Grants

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2016 Educational Starter Grants dedicated to supporting educational research. A generous donation from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., has provided funding for this year’s grant program. ASCO’s Educational Starter Grants have been awarded in each of […]
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Social Media: Opportunities and Challenges

The internet has created the opportunity for social media to thrive. Participating in social media forums, known collectively as “Web 2.0,” allows communication and information-sharing with large groups of people instantaneously. Social media can fall into one of six primary categories:1 Social networks: sites that allow users to connect and share with people who have […]
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Upcoming Theme Edition Will Focus on Diversity, Cultural and Linguistic Competence

A future edition of Optometric Education will focus on the theme of diversity, cultural and linguistic competence. The edition will focus on diversity of our students, faculty and profession and all aspects of cultural and linguistic competence, including professional, organizational and individual responsibility. Please submit manuscripts by Dec. 31, 2016. Submit a cover letter and intact and blind […]
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Deadline Extended for Upcoming International Optometric Education Theme Edition

International Optometric Education: Global Expansion and Transformation (New deadline to submit papers: March 1, 2017) Over the past 20 years, the profession of optometry has undergone dramatic global changes: expanding scope of practice, increasing quality assurance expectations, significant diversification of students, and the accelerating impact of information technology. Underpinning these changes has been the critical […]
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