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The Future of Maryland Optometry

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Leadership Summit Convened To Map Out The Future of Maryland Optometry & MO
Dean Gogerdchi, O.D.

This past Sunday, MOA members met with AOA leadership in D.C. to discuss the future of Maryland Optometry in light of pending scope expansion. The discussion, which covered a wide variety and range of topics was extremely productive, but the greatest takeaways for me were the new found energy and excitement that filled the room and the diversity of our meeting attendees, which included leaders of the past, present and future. Together, we strategized about a new "2020 vision" for Maryland Optometry focused on membership growth and engagement. Young ODs will be crucial to our organization's success, so it was great to see a lot of fresh new faces at this strategy meeting.  

Contact Dean Gogerdchi at to learn more about getting involved, and many thanks to meeting attendees including: past and present MOA Presidents (Drs. Rob Stutman, Eliott Klonsky, John Burns and Kevin Johnson), Board Members (Drs. Whitney Fahrman and Alan Glazier) and MOA Leadership/Committee Chairs (Drs. Natalie Sukontasup, Brian Woolf, Corinne Casey, Judy Hu, and Chun Auyueng).



Maryland Optometry Storms Capitol Hill
Heather Atcherson, O.D.
Young OD Chair

On Tuesday, April 9 MOA members and optometry students met with State representatives and senators in D.C. to discuss pro-Optometry legislation at the 2019 AOA on Capitol Hill conference. MOA Past President Dr. Bryan Rogoff and I led the Maryland Delegation, joined by our colleagues (Drs. Thomas Azman, Gwen Songwe, Vicky Wong and Jenny Chan) and five optometry students. The optometry students were excited that Maryland Optometry will soon enter the 21st century and were tremendous advocates for the profession during meetings with legislators and staff. All five are interested in practicing in Maryland and will hopefully be able to join us at our Annual Convention in November. They had a great time gaining first-hand experience of the legislative process and learning about the work that goes into creating and passing bills. Many thanks to our Maryland Delegation optometry students: Alexandra, Katherine and Graham (third-year Salus students, Katzen Eye Group externs), Kelly (third-year Salus student, Eye Design Family Eyecare Center extern) and Julie (second-year NECO student). 

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