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  • Online Clinical Educators Forum - November 6

    The 2020 Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF), sponsored by the ASCO Clinical Affairs Committee, is happening soon. This FREE of charge program offers several unique and impactful sessions. Here is the date, time, and registration link:

    2020 Online Clinical Educators Forum
    Friday, November 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET

    OCEF 2020 is the perfect opportunity to shift the focus away from COVID-19 and explore some timely clinical topics of interest. The recorded presentations will each be followed by a live question and answer session. As in years past, the Forum will be fully recorded and made available on ASCO’s website for later viewing. Please consider attending. If you'd like a copy of the program, please let me know -- I'm at cbrubaker@opted.org.

    Carol Brubaker
    Manager, Professional Affairs, ASCO
  • Link for Academy Special Diversity Symposium Thursday


    Here is the LINK to the ASCO/AAO/NOA Special Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion slated for this Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time at Academy 2020. It is free and open to everyone -- registrants and non-registrants. We hope to see you there! [Questions? Contact Academy 2020 At Home.]


    Be well,
    Carol Brubaker, ASCO
  • A Message to ASCO Members

    A Message to ASCO Members

    We are living in difficult times, and this last week has been the most difficult of all. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) champions our core values of Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion and Integrity. We embrace diversity of opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds. As health care professionals and educators, we abhor bigotry of any kind, and we are appalled by the blatant racism in our society and violence in our communities. We experience the grief of loss, through the COVID-19 pandemic and through the violence of recent events, and witness that our loss is disproportionately affecting minorities and our colleagues, friends, and family of color.

    We need to carry the banner for fundamental change in our society so that people of all backgrounds and experiences, especially persons of color, know in their hearts that we value their contributions, respect their dignity, and ensure that they can count on equal treatment under the law. We believe it is important to witness and confront current events, to speak the names of the victims. In our various communities, we must act to ensure that the senseless killing of George Floyd and many others before him, will be a catalyst to a just and equitable society.

    ASCO, in partnership with the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the National Optometric Association, has arranged to host a timely, special workshop on diversity in optometric education at the October 2020 AAO Conference. Our national public education campaign Optometry Gives Me Life showcases diverse, exceptional professionals as exemplars to prospective students about how a life in optometry can be fulfilling for everyone. We need to do more. We will do more. But today we mourn our loss of communal dignity and commit to a better, more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.
  • Student Online Clinical Case Education Program

    In response to COVID-19 closures and university mandates suspending classes and moving to remote education, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) have launched the Student Online Clinical Case Education Program (SOCCEP).


    SOCCEP brings online clinical case content in the following categories:

    • Anterior Segment
    • Binocular Vision/Pediatrics
    • Contact Lenses
    • Glaucoma
    • Low Vision
    • Neuro-optometry
    • Posterior Segment
    • Peri-Operative Management of Ophthalmic Surgery
    • Refractive Surgery Management
    • Systemic/Ocular Disease


    To access the SOCCEP content, register here.


    Faculty members may also access recordings by going here. ASCO will be updating the site daily with recordings from the previous day.

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