If optometry is to maintain its position as the Nation’s leader in primary eye and vision care in a rapidly evolving health care system… we have a responsibility to frame our own future.
The following slide presentation describes an eight step plan to comprehensively restructure the profession of optometry to meet the expectations of private, Federal and State insurers, external certifying agencies, and credentialing and privileging boards by placing optometry in parallel with medicine.
Significant changes to optometric education, clinical training, licensure requirements, board certification and accreditation are described (1) to qualify optometry for inclusion in the Graduate Medical Education Residency Program (GME), a $10 billion annual program which currently funds post graduate training for physicians, dentists and podiatrists, and (2) to meet Federal insurance compliance guidelines for teaching programs.
Charles F. Mullen
Janice E. Scharre
David S. Danielson