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NECO Professor Receives Frederic Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant

September 15, 2016 - Richard Jamara and the low vision team at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) recently received the Frederic Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant from the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) and the Frederic and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation.

The AOF awards the Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant “to outstanding optometry faculty through their respective institutions for projects intended to increase interest and reward excellence in the field of low vision at North American schools and colleges of optometry.” (source: American Academy of Optometry Foundation website)  

As one of two award recipients in 2016, Dr. Jamara and his team will receive a $2,000 grant to support the development of a low vision educational tool, “Applying Online Peer-led Case-based Learning to Improve Clinical Reasoning in Low Vision Rehabilitation.” Dr. Jamara explains, “This project explores a new method to teach Case History  (patient interaction). The Functional Vision Case History is an important first step of the low vision exam.”

Dr. Jamara will be working with Drs. Nicole Ross, Alexis Malkin, and Sarah Wassnig to incorporate low vision case history simulations and peer led learning into the current third year low vision course using interactive Moodle chat rooms.   Funds from the grant will help support the recruitment of patients, videography of case presentations, and programming for the Moodle teaching tool. 

Drs. Jamara, Ross, Malkin, and Wassnig aim to create a low vision clinical decision-making tool that would more effectively help optometric students navigate low vision examination data, evaluate different clinical approaches, and appreciate the importance of patient interaction in providing patient’s with functional vision. The Advanced Low Vision Elective students will actively participate by writing case reports and helping to develop the case simulations for the program to be released next Fall.

The goal for the grant-funded project is to help optometric students gain confidence and competence in clinical low vision rehabilitation by better preparing them through case studies prior to their clinical work with low vision patients. Dr. Sarah Wassnig notes, “I love that this project challenges how we use of our current online learning platform and encourages peer-learning by asking students to explore case differentials and management plans through peer-led discussion.”

About New England College of Optometry

New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.   Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.

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