New England College of Optometry Emeritus professor Nancy B. Carlson, OD, FAAO, was recently awarded the status of Diplomate for Optometric Education at the recent AAO Annual meeting in New Orleans, LA in October.
To apply for and achieve the status of Diplomate, candidates must be active Fellows within the AAO and undergo a rigorous process. The requirements to earn the status are slightly different in each of the 8 AAO sections. For the Optometric Education Section, this status involves non-clinical scholarship such as peer-reviewed articles, research articles, case reports, analysis of current educational literature, presentations at national and international meetings, and a commitment to optometric education. After the requirements are met, the candidate sits for an oral examination to share their perspectives on teaching and learning.
Dr. Carlson has joined a specialized group of AAO fellows (about 7%) who have achieved distinction of becoming an American Academy of Optometry Diplomate. The AAO reports that “less than ten percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy.”
Dr. Carlson was a faculty member at the College for over 35 years and served as chair of the Department of Primary Care. In addition to teaching classes, she conducted research on clinical education practices. Long a proponent of optometric education, Dr. Carlson was a recipient of the first Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence in Optometric Education in 2007, as a co-author of the publication “Instilling Ethics in Today’s Optometry Students,” which was published in Optometric Education. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Carlson in this distinction.