Student Award in Clinical Ethics

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This annual national award, sponsored by  International Vision Expo, is available to optometry students in the final two years of their professional program at an ASCO-affiliated school or college of optometry in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The application consists of an essay of up to 1,500 words describing a patient based case study that the student encountered as part of their clinical learning experience. The essay must describe and discuss the ethical theories and values that were used in the decision-making process and address relevant state laws relating to the case (if applicable). The essay must be submitted in a publishable quality format. Each school or college of optometry is permitted to submit only one essay through the assigned award coordinator for their school. A committee of the ASCO Ethics Educators SIG (Special Interest Group) will make the selection of one national recipient. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash award of $1,000.

Contact Amanda Miller, Manager, Administrative & Board Services for any questions at amiller@opted.org.

Clinical Ethics Award Recipients

ASCO would like to thank all students who submitted essays for the award program. Special congratulations go out to all of our award recipients.

2014

Ryan Anderson (AZCOPT – Class of 2014) “Tough Talks and Patient Privacy”

2012

Daniel Harker (SCCO – Class of 2012) “An Ethical Dilemma in Modern Optometry”

2011

Becky Ramos (PCOSU – Class of 2011) “The High Road or the Highway”

2010

Laura Gengelbach (ICO – Class of 2010) “Patient Care: Management Beyond the Textbooks”

2009

Graham McPartland (SCCO – Class of 2009) “Case Study in Clinical Ethics”

2008

Kristopher Hubbard (SCO – Class of 2009) “Ethical Principles and Optometric Patient Care – The Principle of Patient Advocacy”

2007

Alison D. Harapiak (ICO – Class of 2007) “Clinical Ethics: More Than Meets the Eye”