By: Posted On: 08/27/2018
Dorothy Chou, OD, family practice resident at the University of Houston College of Optometry was chosen by a committee of members in the Comprehensive Eye Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.
Douglas W. Hopkins, OD, FAAO, was a leader within the Primary Care Section of the Academy who passed away unexpectedly in 2007. In his honor, friends and colleagues established the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Fellowship Fund. With their generosity and that of Doug’s widow, Roberta, the fund quickly became fully endowed and the first award was issued in 2012.
The award is intended to promote the practice and development of primary eye care by providing incentive and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to further clinical experience, research, and education.
Of the seventeen applicants who applied to the program, Dorothy presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical research, volunteer service, and lecture presentations. Dorothy will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio this November.
About the AAOF
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) was founded in 1947 for the “upholding, broadening, fostering, promoting and aiding of optometric education; the profession of optometry and its practitioners.” The guiding force behind the creation of the organization was William C. Ezell, OD, of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Based in Orlando, FL, the AAOF is a philanthropic organization devoted to the advancement of optometric education and research. The AAOF is proud to be an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Today, sources of support for the AAOF include optometrists, corporations, other foundations, state associations, and private citizens interested in vision care. The AAOF's record of achievement is a strong history of dedication to the improved visual welfare of the public.