Mission, Goals & Objectives

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The Michigan College of Optometry prepares doctoral and post-doctoral students for successful careers as optometric health care leaders serving patients and society with integrity and professionalism. The program serves the health care needs of the public through its research, scholarly activity, evidence based clinical education and patient-centered care.

 

Goals and Objectives

Goals Objectives

1. Preparing doctoral and post-doctoral students for successful careers as optometric health leaders.

1. Maintain a curriculum that assures graduate achievement of entry level attributes of the profession.

2. Create an active academic environment that produces engaged, self-motivated learners and promotes lifelong learning.

3. Recruit and retain the highest caliber students

2. Serving patients and society with integrity and professionalism.  

1. Develop and maintain opportunities for interprofessional learning and patient care.
2. Intentionally present and assess professionalism and ethics of students throughout the curriculum.

3. Serving the health care needs of the public through research and scholarly activity.

1. Establish a vision regarding the priority of research for the MCO program.

2. Develop programs and resources to promote research and scholarly activities at MCO.

4. Serving the health care needs of the public through evidence based clinical education and patient-centered care.  

1. Achieve the proper balance between clinical education and patient-centered care.
2. Emphasize the importance of entry level primary care in both patient care and student education. 

Goal 1 Objective & Initiative Details

  • Action items/initiatives

    1.1.1     Determine the relevance of the current basic science course track (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Systemic Anatomy, Systemic Neuroanatomy, and General Pathology) within the curriculum of MCO.

    b.     Perform a faculty wide need analysis of basic science content in regards to meeting the goal of entrance level optometric education.

    c.     Determine the level of basic science content being taught outside the basic science track.

    d.     Compare and contrast current basic science courses to those of other optometry programs. Data gathered by curriculum committee.

    e.     If appropriate, develop alternative models for providing basic science content, either within the MCO curriculum, as prerequisite(s) or some combination thereof.

     

    1.1.2     Conduct a college-wide curriculum review

    a.     Compile internal data

    b.     Compile External data

    c.     Faculty retreat: Curriculum discussion

    d.     Present proposal on changes to basic science courses in curriculum.

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    Action items/initiatives

    1.2.1     Conduct a college-wide curriculum review:

    a.     Compile internal data

    b.     Compile External data

    c.     Faculty retreat: Curriculum discussion

    d.     Present proposal on changes to basic science courses in curriculum.

  • Action items/initiatives

    1.3.1     Increasing the number of available scholarships and enhancing the endowment of student scholarships.

    a.     Quantify the amount of scholarship funds that are required to create an effective incentive to attract outstanding students.

    b.     Develop initiatives to increase scholarship endowment.

    c.     Report on the current level of funding provided by the MCO budget for student scholarships.

    d.     Investigate the viability of re-distributing financial resources from the current MCO budget to increase funding of student scholarships.

    e.     Investigate external scholarship funding opportunities.

    f.     Report on the methods employed by other colleges and universities to acquire, maintain, and utilize student scholarships and endowment funds.

    g.     Ensure that MCO uses EXISTING and future scholarships/endowment funds to effectively recruit, attract, and maintain high quality applicants.

     

    1.3.2     Compile schedule of events aimed at increasing endowment/ scholarship fund.

     

    1.3.3     Meet with UA&M to coordinate and facilitate fund raising initiatives.

Goal 2 Objective & Initiative Details

Goal 3 Objective & Initiative Details

  • Action items/initiatives

    3.1.1     Conduct an online survey of MCO tenured, tenure-track and adjunct faculty and current 3rd and 4th year students to delineate the priority/significance of research at MCO

    3.1.2     Use Survey results to conduct a Focus Group in order to determine if there is consensus among faculty and students in their attitudes pertaining to the importance of research at MCO including suggestions for improvement and/or areas of concern

  • Action items/initiatives

     

    3.2.1     Reevaluate current policies and procedures that have an impact on research and scholarship activities at MCO

    a.     Provide a clearer delineation of activities that are categorized as i) Research ii) Scholarship at the Michigan College of Optometry

    b.     Re-assess current workload policy in order to determine if the release time allocated for research/scholarship is adequate to ensure productive and good quality faculty research

    c.     Assess the need for revisions to the current Tenure and Promotion & Merit policies, specifically in the weightage given to research and scholarship in the tenure and promotion evaluation processes

    3.2.2     Provide mentorship/workshops for tenure track and tenured faculty to promote productive research and scholarship

    3.2.3     Enlist the support of FCTL and FLITE in facilitating research and scholarship at MCO

Goal 4 Objective & Initiative Details

  • Action items/initiatives

    4.1.1     Gather clinical information related to educational and cost/benefit of current clinical model.

    a.     Number of patient encounters in each clinical service (per semester)

    b.     Criteria to define "adequate" patient encounters in each service.

    c.     Report on how we are measuring the effectiveness of our current marketing initiatives.

    d.     Report on demand for technology assistance with EMRs. Pending initial experience with new IT hire.

    e.     Assimilate the pros and cons of having external clinics

    f.     Demands on resources required to operate current external sites.

    g.     Data on patient encounters at current external sites.

  • Action items/initiatives

    4.2.1     Define Entry Level Primary Care

    4.2.2     Use data in 4.1.1. to analyze the current clinical model in Relation to Primary Care as defined in 4.2.1 above