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The National Academies of Practice (NAP) recently announced the election of SCO President Richard W. Phillips, OD, FAAO, as a distinguished practitioner-member of the NAP. Dr. Phillips was installed at a gala membership banquet held in Arlington, Virginia at which the National Academies of Practice inducted new members from ten healthcare professions.
The National Academies of Practice was founded in 1981 in recognition of the need for interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare. It is comprised of distinguished practitioners and scholars from all of the primary health professions now including ten disciplines: Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Medicine, Psychology, Podiatric Medicine, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy.
Only 150 distinguished members can be elected to membership, so selection is indeed an honor. Each year, the organization sponsors a forum on public policy issues. This year's meeting focused on achieving interdisciplinary care. For more information about the National Academies of Practice, visit their website.
Pictured at the induction ceremony are from (L-R): Dr. Arthur Hazlewood, President of the National Academies of Practice; Dr. Jan Cooper, Co-Chair, Optometry Academy, Dr. Satya Verma, Chair, Optometry Academy, and SCO President Dr. Richard W. Phillips.