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Interprofessional Collaboration Advances Diabetic Health Management

SCO is partnering with Christian Brothers University’s Physician Assistant Program, Union University’s School of Social Work, Good Shepherd Pharmacy, and the Church Health Nutrition Hub to offer an interprofessional diabetes clinic to provide healthcare to diabetes patients. 

Recently, the institutions held their first IPE Diabetes Clinic Experience and invited patients to Crosstown Concourse to experience healthcare in optometry, nutrition, and pharmacy. Throughout the day, patients were provided nutrition education, learned how to prepare healthy meals in the Church Health Nutrition Hub and were provided physical assessments and eye exams by CBU’s physician assistants and SCO students respectively. They were also provided patient counseling by Union University, medication review by Good Shepherd Pharmacy. 

“This clinic is important for both our patients and our students. Our patients will experience support and partnership in facing the challenges of living with diabetes,” said Melissa Zarn Urankar, OD, Director of Interprofessional Education. “Our students will experience that diabetes affects a person’s entire well-being and not just the area they are trained to evaluate.” 

The IPE Diabetes Clinic Experience will continue on a quarterly basis as we continue to help diabetes patients live a healthier lifestyle. The next event will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Friday, December 21, 2018

SCO’s Class of 2018 Scores 100% in Ultimate Pass Rate According to Recent NBEO Report

Southern College of Optometry announces a stellar performance in every category for the Class of 2018 according to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) report by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

This data, compiled by the NBEO in conjunction with ASCO member institutions from October 2017 to September 2018, includes the first-time pass rates for each school/college on Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the exam, the ultimate pass rate for each institution, and national averages for all of the above.

"These results are something to be proud of, and they would not be so consistently excellent without the hard work of our faculty and students and the support from our staff,” said J Bart Campbell, OD, FAAO, SCO's Vice President of Academic Affairs.

SCO was the only optometry school to score 100% in the Ultimate Pass Rate category for the Class of 2018, according to the report.

"SCO faculty and staff provide a learning environment conducive to success and we have the brightest students with the discipline to achieve success. This is one more reason we can all be proud to be part of this institution and I look forward to celebrating all of our future successes!"

This information will be updated and published on the ASCO website each fall.

Link to the report: https://optometriceducation.org/national-board-of-examiners-in-optometry-yearly-performance-report/

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Thursday, November 29, 2018

SCO Remembers Dr. Freddy Chang

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Dr. Freddy Chang, OD, PhD, passed peacefully, with his family by his side, at the age of 83.
Freddy was born on September 18, 1935 in mainland China to Lennox Chang and Ulan Lai. In 1970, Freddy completed his OD from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada followed by a PhD in 1976 from Indiana University. After a short stint as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham, he returned to a faculty position at Indiana University where he earned tenure and raised his family. While his accomplished career also included serving as Associate Professor at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, as Chief of the Optometry Section at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinics in Los Angeles and La Jolla, California, and Director of Clinical Research at Vistakon in Jacksonville, Florida, he was proud to retire in June 2017 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee after serving as professor for 15 years.
Freddy’s contributions to the field of optometry as a highly published researcher and frequent presenter are significant, but his legacy lives on in the many students whose lives he touched. He loved teaching. It was truly his life’s work and greatest passion. He once told a colleague, “If I teach the way I am supposed to, I’ll be able to live on another 40-50 years through my students.” He will forever be remembered as a favorite professor, respected mentor and colleague, generous friend, and beloved father and grandfather.
Freddy is survived by his children, David Chang (and wife Bee Ng) of Sunnyvale, CA, Warren Chang (and his children Caitlyn, Caroline, and Christopher) of Bloomington, IN, and Colin Chang (wife Joellan, and their sons Owen and Sam) of Bloomington, IN, wife Fleda Belcon-Chang of Memphis, TN, nine brothers and sisters, and many members of this community who have been like family to him over the last 15 years.
In honoring Freddy’s wishes, there will be no funeral services but rather a family burial of his ashes in Trinidad. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to: The Freddy Wilfred Chang Scholarship, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Dr. Wil McGriff Named 2018 TAOP Educator of the Year

Dr. Wil McGriff has recently been named the 2018 TAOP Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. This is award is awarded to optometric educators who exhibit both excellence and service. 

Besides being a member of the faculty at SCO, Dr. McGriff serves as chair of the SCO faculty and he interacts with professionals inside and outside of optometry at the local, state and now national communities. He also manages the “Saturday Service Experience” where he coordinates volunteer student interns to provide comprehensive eye care to residents of Synergy – a one-year substance abuse rehabilitation program that helps individuals remain sober and find employment.  

Dr. McGriff is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Optometry, first with a master’s degree in public health in 2000 and then his OD degree in 2010.  Following that, he completed a Family Practice Residency at the University of Alabama.

He is highly involved and co-ordinates the Mid-South Rotary Club on the SCO campus to allow colleagues and students to become involved in community activities.  He is director of the community service educational curriculum which has grown significantly since inception.  Dr. McGriff has been chosen as a recipient of the Drs. Fred and Charlene Burnett Outstanding Faculty Award.  Externally, he has been elected to serve as one of the Section Councilors of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association.  

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nominations Sought for Honorary Degrees

SCO is accepting nominations for honorary degrees to recognize distinguished ODs and other individuals to be recognized at the college's 2019 commencement ceremony. Recipients must be of sufficient stature and character as to honor the college; anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

Specific criteria must include at least two of these:

  • Distinguished record of scholarship;
  • Outstanding contributions to society through humanitarian efforts, public service, or education;
  • Outstanding contributions to optometry or the optometric profession.

Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to Academic Affairs (Honorary Degrees), c/o SCO, 1245 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, or emailed to [email protected]. The deadline is November 30.

at Wednesday, October 24, 2018