AGENDA for Saturday October 26, 2019

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

8001 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

8:00-10:00 am
10:00 am-11:00 am
11:00 am- 12:00 pm
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:45 pm-5:00 pm
5:00 pm
VOSH/International Fellowship (FVI) Examination
Fellowship (FVI) Committee Meeting
TTP Committee Meeting
SVOSH Relations Committee Meeting
Communications Committee Meeting
VOSH/International Board Meeting
Welcome Reception at the Paradise Key room, Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
For those attending the 3rd World Congress of Optometry/American Academy of Optometry meeting, please note the following lectures and posters prepared by VOSH/International, its chapters and partners at this event.
Thursday October 24th and Sunday October 27th
9:00-6:00pm Poster “A New Paradigm for Optometry: Natural Disasters and WHO Emergency Medical Teams” by Marina Roma-March, OD, VOSH-TWECS
9:00-3:00pm Poster “Proposing an Alternative: Analyzing Patient Perspective on Recycled Versus Ready-Made Glasses as a Global Refractive Error Solution” by Marina Roma-March, OD, VOSH-TWECS
Friday October 25th
1:00-3:00 pm Poster “Quantifying the clinical experience of volunteer optometric clinic trips” by Katie Foreman, OD, FAAO and Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, ICO and VOSH/International
Saturday October 26th
2:00-3:00pm “Developing global optometric human resources: early lessons from the VOSH Corps program

Rapid fire session led by Tracy Matchinsky, Justin Manning, Bob Molter and Dan Twelker, Room W232, Level 2, Orange County Convention Center

3:00-4:00pm Global Optometry’s role in public health” led by Jeffrey Weaver and Howard McAlister, Room W232, Level 2, Orange County Convention Center
Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation:


US Government Travel Advise:

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021