For the second consecutive year, Local Eye Site has funded scholarships for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians seeking certification from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). In January 2017, grants have been awarded to 10 eye care professionals to cover the cost of the exam. Recipients include: Vanessa Edmonds, Judith Hill, Hollie Jones, Maria Kordit, Monique Lewis, Eleanor Morley, Sarah Rotella, Lisa Shirley, Susan Spaeth, and Michelle St-Pierre.

Applicants submitted essays for consideration in November 2016. Awardees have been notified by the JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation, who calls the scholarships “wildly popular.”

Brad McCorkle, Founder of Local Eye Site, said “We understand the important role that well-equipped Technicians play in the delivery of quality ophthalmic care. Our goal with the Local Eye Site grant is to support continued advancement in the quality of ophthalmic patient care available, and hopefully to encourage more Allied Health professionals to consider a career in Ophthalmology.”

“We could not be more pleased to partner with Local Eye Site for these certification grants,” Melvin I. Freeman, MD, FACS, Chair of the Foundation, stated. “Their support of Ophthalmic Medical Technicians meets a real need and demonstrates a shared support of the eye care community.”

The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) established the JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation in 1990 to fund compelling needs in ophthalmic medical assisting, i.e., expansion of training programs through scholarships, development of certification in subspecialties, and continued research into psychometric methods of testing and simulation of tasks critical to ensure valid and reliable examinations. The mission of the Foundation is: To expand and strengthen the delivery of eye care. For more information, visit:

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