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Charlotte, NC: December 15, 2009

ARBO Releases COPE Standards for Commercial Support ARBO and its COPE Committee have released the COPE Standards for Commercial Support on 15 December 2009. Please click here to go to the ARBO website and review the standards, implementation timeline, processes, and toolkit.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) represents and assists member licensing agencies in regulating the practice of optometry for the public welfare. The ARBO Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) is the national accrediting body of optometry CE courses for optometric licensing boards. ARBO is located at 200 South College Street, Suite 2030, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202. Phone 1.704.970.2710; Email: arbo@arbo.org; website www.ARBO.org

Charlotte, NC: December 1, 2009

ARBO to Release COPE Standards for Commercial Support In its November 2009 meeting, the ARBO Board of Directors approved the final timeline for the release and implementation of the new COPE Standards for Commercial Support. The standards, including an implementation toolkit, will be released on or before January 2, 2010 to all COPE Stakeholders, and will be available to everyone on the ARBO website. January through June 2010 will be a six-month training period, followed by a six-month implementation phase. Oversight and enforcement during 2010 will consist of notification of non-compliance and assistance with compliance issues. Full compliance to the standards for all COPE accredited CE will be required as of January 1, 2011.

Charlotte, NC: September 17, 2009

ARBO and the ABO The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and the American Optometric Student Association created the American Board of Optometry. The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) was unable to sign the MOU due to exclusivity requirements, a required lack of transparency, and non-compete provisions that could usurp the regulatory authority of optometric licensing boards. ARBO's message in response to the MOU was:

"The ARBO Board of Directors voted unanimously that it is unable to sign the Memorandum of Understanding distributed by the AOA to the various groups represented on the new ABO Board. This vote was taken after advice from ARBO legal counsel that to sign the MOU was in direct conflict with ARBO's mission as well as the resolutions passed at the ARBO House of Delegates Meeting in June of 2009. ARBO remains fully committed to the concept of demonstrating continued competence within our profession, and is very willing to continue to work with the ABO as appropriate for our organization's mission and responsibility to it's Member Boards.

We look forward to continued dialogue with the entire profession on how best to protect the public we serve."

According to Dr. William Rafferty, ARBO President, "ARBO must support its Member Boards in the development of appropriate programs to demonstrate ongoing clinical competence. These activities cannot be independent of established licensing and regulatory boards."

Addressing professional competence has been an ongoing major focus for ARBO as mandated by its members. The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) was formed in 1993 to serve as the accrediting continuing education body for optometric licensing boards. During its June 2009 meeting, the ARBO House of Delegates passed a resolution that ARBO develop maintenance of competency programs for adoption and use by its member boards. Dr. Rafferty noted, "We are working diligently to accomplish this goal. Ultimately, any maintenance of competency process must be concerned with ensuring patient safety and access to capable professional care."

Charlotte, NC: July 15, 2009

2009-2010 Officers Elected for the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) held its 90th Annual Meeting on June 21-22, 2009 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, MD. ARBO is the North American association of licensing boards which regulate the practice of optometry for the public welfare.

William B. Rafferty, O.D. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was elected President for the 2009-2010 term. Other ARBO officers elected were Jerry A. Richt, O.D. (Cleveland, Tennessee) as Vice President; Michael W. Ohlson, O.D. (West Union, Iowa) as Secretary/Treasurer and Christina M. Sorenson, O.D. (Scottsdale, Arizona) as Immediate Past President. Michael W. Ohlson, O.D. was elected to serve his first full 4-year term, having completed a partial term on the Board of Directors. Additionally, Roger D. Pabst, O.D. (Redwood Falls, Minnesota) was elected to serve a four-year term and Susy Yu, O.D. (Los Angeles, California) was elected to serve a partial two-year term on the Board of Directors.

Other Board members include Janet L. Carter, O.D. (Las Vegas, Nevada), Donovan L. Crouch, O.D. (Storm Lake, Iowa), W. Ernest Schlabach, O.D. (Harrison, Virginia), and Robert W. Smalling, O.D. (Warren, Arkansas).

Dr. Rafferty states that his goals for the coming year “will focus on programs facilitating public protection through maintenance of competence as defined in the resolutions passed during the June 2009 ARBO House of Delegates Meeting. ARBO will also continue to support Member Boards and the optometric profession with existing programs such as COPE including the new Standards for Commercial Support, OET TRACKER, and ARBO publications. ARBO will continue to work with the profession on initiatives for protection of the public consistent with its mission statement."

Charlotte, NC: July 13, 2009

Susy Yu, O.D. Elected to Board of Directors of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry Dr. Susy Yu, currently Vice-President of the California Board of Optometry has been elected by the ARBO House of Delegates to serve as an ARBO Board of Director. Dr. Yu is the Director of Business Strategy and Operations Support for Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Previously, she was a Lead Optometrist for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center.

Dr. Yu is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and Masters in Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Also elected were officers Dr. William Rafferty (North Carolina), President; Dr. Jerry Richt (Tennessee), Vice President; Michael W. Ohlson (Iowa) Secretary Treasurer; and Dr. Christina M. Sorenson (Arizona), Immediate Past President. Other members of the ARBO Board of Directors are Dr. Janet Carter (Nevada), Dr. Donovan Crouch (Iowa), Dr. Roger D. Pabst (Minnesota), Dr. W. Ernest Schlabach (Virginia) and Dr. Robert Smalling (Arkansas).

Charlotte, NC: July 13, 2009

Roger D. Pabst, O.D. Elected to Board of Directors of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry Dr. Roger D. Pabst, Redwood Falls, Minnesota, was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) at its recent meeting held June 21-23, 2009 in National Harbor, MD.

Dr. Pabst received his BA in Biology/Chemistry Education from Southwest Minnesota State Universityin 1971. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University in 1975 and received his license to practice optometry in Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. He has been a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association since 1975. He served as chairman of the Minnesota Optometric Association in 1984. He served as the AOA-PAC Chair from 1996 - 1997. He served as Chair of the Vision USA Committee from 2002 - 2005. He was named Vision USA Doctor of the Year in 2003-2004 and Distinguished Minnesota Optometrist of the Year 2003-2004. He was first appointed to the Minnesota Board of Optometry in 2005 and is currently serving his second 4-year term. He is active in his local Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and church. His spare time is spent cruising in his 1929 Ford Street Rod, 1969 Mustang Convertible, 1923 Ford T-Bucket or one of two early model Pontiac Fieros. When he gets tired of four wheels, he puts on his leathers and rides his 2003 Anniversary Special Harley-Davidson V-Rod.

Also elected were officers Dr. William Rafferty (North Carolina), President; Dr. Jerry Richt (Tennessee), Vice President; Michael W. Ohlson (Iowa) Secretary Treasurer; and Dr. Christina M. Sorenson (Arizona), Immediate Past President. Other members of the ARBO Board of Directors are Dr. Janet Carter (Nevada), Dr. Donovan Crouch (Iowa), Dr. Robert Smalling (Arkansas), Dr. W. Ernest Schlabach (Virginia) and Dr. Susy Yu (California).

Charlotte, NC: May 12, 2009

ICE Press Release and Guidelines

Charlotte, NC: February 4, 2009

The National Steering Committee on Optometric Guidelines for Educational Support Consists of representatives from the AAO, AOA, ARBO, ASCO SECO, Allergan, Essilor of America, USA and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.  The purpose of the Steering Committee is to develop guidelines for optometric continuing education, including issues related to industry support, disclosure and advertising.

Charlotte, NC: January 23, 2009

JOINT BOARD CERTIFICATION PROJECT TEAM PROPOSES DRAFT BOARD CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR OPTOMETRY The Joint Board Certification Project Team (JBCPT), formed by six optometric organizations in 2007, released a model framework for a board certification process for optometry and began presenting it to leaders within the profession. At the core of the initial board certification program will be a Patient Assessment and Management-like examination that tests knowledge in core categories.

* Audio Presented by David Cockrell, O.D. - AOA representative to the Joint Board Certification Project Team

     
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