Optometric Education

The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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On Diversity in Optometry,
Progress, but More Work to Be Done

This themed edition of Optometric Education focuses on diversity, cultural competence and cultural humility. A diverse and inclusive optometric environment produces many organizational and healthcare benefits. Diversity is associated with improved performance, innovation, creativity, access to care, patient satisfaction, patient health outcomes, student persistence and positive student outcomes.1-3 Ongoing ASCO Initiatives Since the previous similarly […]
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Introducing Educator’s Toolkit,
a Teaching Resource for Optometric Faculty

As optometric educators, we are not necessarily trained as teachers. Rather, we are subject matter experts who are expected to effectively teach. As most of us know, this is challenging. We tend to focus on maintaining our clinical competencies, which leaves less time to spend advancing our instructional competencies. Although I am formally trained in […]
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Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
Do We Have a Strategy?

Over the past 20 years, health professions schools have considered and wrestled with the importance of diversity and the teaching of cultural and linguistic competence. As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, more health agencies are seeking to have a workforce that reflects the general population in terms of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.1 The […]
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