Special Series

Included in this page are relevant and timely series created by the Office of Continuing Professional Education including our highly popular COVID-19 series and Race in Optometry. These sessions are offered to help keep you informed, however no CPE or COPE credits are available.

COVID-19 Series

Covering a wide range of topics related to all the transitions and changes resulting from the public health crisis, this series aims to bring you key information and real world experiences. Information ranges from COPE requirement updates to implementing telehealth and safety protocols. More than 8 hours of in-depth information throughout the series.

COVID-19 & the Optometric Community (part 1)
COVID-19 & the Optometric Community (part 2)
COVID-19 & the Optometric Community (part 3)
COVID-19 & the Optometric Community (part 4)

Race in optometry part 1 Zoom
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Race in Optometry Series

Race in Optometry – Accountability – One Year Later

Join us on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation (part 1)
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This course will examine race in optometry, and how race affects optometric training and clinical practice, specifically addressing the Black experience. A panel of Black optometrists will answer guiding questions about their experience as students, residents, and doctors of optometry, and how their race has affected their education, training, and careers. Additionally, they will address the ways we can begin conversations about race in optometry and increase awareness within the optometric community.

Moderators: Matthew Bovenzi, OD, FAAO – Primary Care Section Chief, SUNY College of Optometry Delaram Shirazian, OD, FAAO – Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry

Panelists: Darryl Glover, OD – Cofounder Defocus Media | Cofounder Eyefrica Media | Cofounder Black Eyecare Perspective Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO – Attending Optometrist, Bronxcare Health System | Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Optometry Adam Ramsey, OD – Cofounder, Black Eyecare Perspective | CEO, Socialite Vision | Founder, Health Focus South Florida Sherrol A. Reynolds, OD, FAAO – President, National Optometric Association (NOA) | Chief of Advanced Ophthalmic Care, NSU College of Optometry of Optometry Andre Stanberry, OD, FAAO – Clinic Director, University of Waterloo College of Optometry

Race in Optometry: Seeking Solutions (part 2)
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Featuring an elite panel of Black optometrists and leaders in academia who will focus on seeking solutions within optometric education by discussing diversity, inclusion, and mentorship, which help lead the way to career pathways.  

Program Panel: Dr. John Flanagan – Dean and Professor, School of Optometry, University of California Berkeley Dr. Joy Harewood – Attending Optometrist, Bronxcare Health System | Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry Dr. David Heath – President, State University of New York College of Optometry Dr. Edwin Marshall – Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Public Health | Past Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University Dr. Sherrol Reynolds – President, National Optometric Association (NOA) | Chief, Advanced Ophthalmic Care, NSU College of Optometry Dr. Ruth Shoge – Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University | Chair-Elect, ASCO Diversity & Cultural Competency Committee

Race in Optometry: Diversity and Leadership in the Optometric Industry and the Profession (part 3)
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The third of our webinar series discusses how to increase diversity and provide leadership development in industry and professional organizations by bringing together leaders in those areas. The first two parts of the series discussed the experiences of Black optometrists as students and doctors and offered solutions to problems of diversity, inclusion, and mentorship within optometric education. Program Panel: Dr. Derrick Artis Former Chief Operating Officer, Vision Source Management Consultant, Artis Consulting, LLC Dr. Jacqueline Bowen Trustee, American Optometric Association Board Dr. Millicent Knight Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group, Essilor of America Dr. Edwin C. Marshall Professor Emeritus, Optometry and Public Health Past Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University Dr. Andrew Mick Director, American Academy of Optometry Residency Coordinator, San Francisco VA Medical Center Associate Clinical Professor, UC Berkeley Optometry Dr. Howard Purcell President and CEO, New England College of Optometry Ms. Veronica Schuver Secretary & Diversity Project Team Member, American Optometric Student Association 4th-year Optometry Student, Ohio State College of Optometry Dr. Ruth Shoge Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University Chair-Elect, ASCO Diversity & Cultural Competency Committee