Monday, January 11, 2016

Optometry and the Future of Health Care: Schools and Colleges Embrace Interprofessional Education

From the ASCO Eye on Optometry Blog:
By Paige Pence

"The curriculum for any student entering optometry school today will in some way include interprofessional education (IPE). IPE is a hot topic throughout medicine and an area of much activity in optometry. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a leader in working to ensure optometry students are prepared to participate in interprofessional care (IPC) when they graduate. The Association's "Attributes of Students Graduating from Schools and Colleges of Optometry" calls for recipients of the Doctor of Optometry degree to have the ability to appropriately use all resources, including ancillary personnel, intra- and interprofessional collaboration, co-management and referral, in ensuring the best quality of patient care and to be committed to working as an integral member of the larger interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient care outcomes....

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  • How optometry plays a key role
  • What optometry students and residents are saying about interprofessional education and care