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KYCO faculty achieves fellowship

December 06, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Roya Attar, O.D., MBA, FAAO, recently attended Academy 2017 Chicago, the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Attar serves as assistant professor of optometry and director of professional relations at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry.

Highlights of the meeting included nearly 250 hours of continuing education (CE) courses, scientific presentations and an exhibit hall with more than 150 companies exhibiting. More than 7,700 optometrists, vision care professionals, vision scientists and optometry students from around the world attended this prestigious meeting.

At this year’s event, Attar was awarded Fellowship in the AAO. Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination. Fewer than 10 percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy. Fellows of the AAO strive for the highest professional standards.

The AAO annual meetings are recognized as presenting the latest in research and information on patient and vision care.

The AAO enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. The Kentucky College of Optometry is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new $72 million educational facility on UPIKE’s campus. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country. 

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