New ASCRS program encourages OD, MD collaboration


Certain categories of optometrists are encouraged to register for a non-surgical educational program at the ASCRS meeting in April.


Fairfax, VA-The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) will offer a non-surgical educational program to advance a synergistic collaboration between optometry and ophthalmology. The Integrated Ophthalmic-Managed Eyecare Delivery Model (IOMED) was created by the ASCRS IOMED Task Force and the ASCRS Integrated Eyecare Program Committee.

IOMED encourages arrangements in which optometrists employed by ophthalmologists, as well as optometrists employed by the military or industry, have a role in delivering non-surgical eye care. This patient-centered model encourages greater efficiency and coordination of care with ophthalmologists and optometrists working together to meet the growing demands for service.

The new integrated eyecare model track for optometry and ophthalmology will be offered at the annual ASCRS Symposium and American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Congress, April 19-23. The IOMED track will include a special half-day program as well as a curriculum of non-surgical courses designed to benefit the integrated eyecare practitioner.

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