ROCKVILLE, Fla.—With COVID-19 leaving students unable to see patients in person, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is establishing an unprecedented virtual clinical training program to help the nation’s 1,800 fourth-year prospective Doctors of Optometry accumulate the 350 clinical observation hours they need to graduate. The Academy and its board members are working with the Associations of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the deans and faculty of optometric schools, to develop an online experience that will continue students’ clinical education. 

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