President’s Insight January 2016: The Importance of SVOSH

VOSH had a wonderful mixer with optometry students last June during Optometry’s AOA meeting, and the enthusiasm and excitement from the interaction has snowballed. We are a volunteer board, and there’s so much potential for development, only held back by the time commitment. At this mixer, we had several optometry students come up and ask how they could be more involved with the VOSH organization. From that initial encounter, we have had students helping us update our website, post pertinent information on our social media pages, organize our photos, send out email blasts, and help in so many other useful ways. As president, I have prioritized our outreach to SVOSH students. The VOSH board has developed an informational power point presentation and committed to a board or committee member visiting each of the optometry schools to meet with the SVOSH chapters and school administration to further educate the students and schools about the opportunities VOSH provides. Looking forward, we plan to continue this involvement with new optometry students yearly. Hopefully this outreach and involvement while students are in school will help us retain them as they graduate and go off in their optometry career. Ellen L. Weiss, OD,...

Remote Area Medical looking for Volunteers to Help Refugees

Remote Area Medical™ (RAM™) has been sending teams of volunteers to go to Greece to help in what has become the largest movement of refugees since World War II. But we need to do more. Please help us to recruit volunteers starting immediately in 2016.  Optometrists and other eye specialists are needed to prescribe eye glasses for adults and children who have lost their glasses, or perhaps never had a pair in their war torn communities.  We also need dentists to relieve pain from infected teeth, as well as pediatricians, women’s health specialists, nurses, EMTs, and other folks who just feel the urge to help. Please call your nearest RAM Recruiting Station at 865 579 1530, www.ramusa.org or email Stan Brock stanbrock@ramusa.org or Oriane Leake...

Canadian Foundation Needs Optometrists for February Nicaragua Trip

The Ascenta Foundation is a Canadian charity that performs medical campaigns to remote locations in third world countries. We offer medical, dental and optometry services, as well as a pharmacy. Our next campaign is in February 2016 to Nicaragua. We are in desperate need of Optometrists. The campaign would run from Feb 17 to Feb 28, 2016. Please contact Laura McAlear at 604.716.2347 if you are...