Optometric Education

The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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A Test of a Blended Method for Teaching Medical Coding

  Introduction/Background According to the American Optometric Association, in 2013 more than half of the gross income in private optometric practices was derived from third-party insurance plans.1 This revenue could be further subdivided into almost an even split between payments from public plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and those from private insurance programs, including […]
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Planning Ahead for Corneal Epithelial Dystrophy: A Teaching Case Report

  Background Epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) is the most common corneal dystrophy seen in clinical practice.1-6 Its appearance varies, which leads to frequent misdiagnosis, but presentation most often includes dot-like epithelial opacities, whorl-like fingerprint lines and circumscribed gray map-like patterns.4 It is for this reason that EBMD is also referred to as a map-dot-fingerprint […]
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Call for Papers for Upcoming Diversity and Cultural Competence Theme Edition

Optometric Education announces that a future edition of the journal will focus on the theme of Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence. The edition will focus on the diversity of our students, faculty and profession and all aspects of cultural and linguistic competence, including professional, organizational and individual responsibility. The deadline to submit articles for this theme edition is Dec. […]
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Don’t Miss It

Stay tuned to your Inbox for the announcement that the Winter 2015 issue of Eye on Education — the online newsletter from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) — is available. The issue will include a report on “Charting Your Career in Academic Optometry and Research: A Session for Optometry and Graduate […]
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Should We Require Class Attendance?

A few weeks ago, I walked by a large lecture hall and observed approximately 15-20 students in the room. I thought it must have been an elective course that just happened to be scheduled in a lecture hall, but it was actually a core course for second-year students. (Total enrollment in the second-year class is […]
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Using Writing Assignments to Improve Student Engagement and Learning

Active engagement of students can be helpful in enhancing learning and improving critical-thinking skills.1 Writing is one method of active engagement that has been used in optometric education2-4 and other applied science disciplines, such as engineering.5 Kidder and Todd6 observed that “Writing remains the best route we know toward clarity of thought … .” I […]
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Terrien’s Marginal Degeneration: A Teaching Case Report

  Background Terrien’s marginal degeneration (TMD) is a rare, slowly progressive, peripheral corneal ectasia of unknown etiology. The condition is most commonly seen in males past the age of 40. Initially, TMD presents as small, yellow-white, stromal opacities composed of lipids with some superficial vascularization, which begins superiorly and spreads circumferentially. With progression, a gutter […]
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Dr. Hoppe Delivers Keynote Address at Summer Institute for Faculty Development

Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe was honored as the keynote speaker during ASCO’s 2015 Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD), which took place July 12-15 in St. Louis. Dr. Hoppe, ASCO Secretary-Treasurer and the Founding Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry, has been involved with the SIFD since its inception in 2006, providing […]
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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: June 1, 2016) 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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