by Susan Ly, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, ASCO National Liaison
Did you ever wonder who established the OAT or OR Match? From applying to optometry school to residencies, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is involved. ASCO is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting, advancing and achieving excellence in optometric education.
ASCO represents all accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. ASCO’s affiliate members include the Canadian schools of optometry, other foreign schools, allied organizations, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. ASCO’s activities cover a wide range of programs including applicant development and diversity, faculty and executive development, advocacy, residency promotion, data development and communications.
Opted.org is ASCO’s official website. Here, you can find information on the profession, how to apply to optometry school, optometry residencies, and data collected from the applicant pool, students, faculty, residencies, and research funding.