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About ISA / AAPOS Joint Meeting

Program Committee

Scott A. Larson MD, Chair
Katherine J. Fray, CO
Douglas R. Fredrick, MD
Rosario Gomez de Liaño, MD
Gerd Holmstrom, MD
Wendy Marshman, MD
Scott E. Olitsky, MD
Faruk H. Orge, MD
Seyhan B. Özkan, MD
Michael X. Repka, MD, MBA
Paul Joseph Rychwalski, MD
David K. Wallace, MD, MPH
Tsuranu Yokoyama, MD

Staff

AAPOS Client Services Manager
Jennifer Hull

AAPOS Scientific Program Coordinator
Maria A. Schweers, CO

AAPOS Client Services Coordinator
Brooke Lyon

ISA Executive Secretary
Lynda Smallwood

AMS Communications Manager
Gina Minato

AMS Meetings Manager
Michael Paulos

AAO CME Program Manager
Sian Hillier, MSc, CHCP

Educational Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus’ (AAPOS) educational activities is to present pediatric ophthalmologists and strabismologists with the highest quality lifelong learning opportunities that promote improvement and change in physician practices, performance, or competence through joint sponsorship with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), thus enabling such physicians to maintain or improve the competence and professional performance needed to provide the best possible eye care for their patients.

Due to the nature of the subspecialty, the largest component of AAPOS’ educational program focuses on strabismus, amblyopia, visual development and binocular function. However, the content also emphasizes the other Practice Emphasis Areas (PEAs) that have been defined by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) for their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process with emphasis on these disease processes in children, and adults with strabismus and eye movement disorders. These include:

  • Cataract and Anterior Segment
  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit
  • Oculoplastics and Orbit
  • Refractive Management and Intervention
  • Retina and Vitreous
  • Uveitis

Additionally, AAPOS’ educational program provides content for topics such as effective management of a pediatric ophthalmology practice, medical ethics, risk management, and other areas deemed relevant by the needs of the membership.

Types of educational activities provided at the annual AAPOS meeting include:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Original research in the form of free papers and posters
  • In-depth focused workshops and symposia on specific topics
  • Small-group discussion opportunities with speakers and researchers

All meeting content is reviewed by the Program Committee and Secretary for Program with respect to education quality and utility. Members are routinely queried regarding their assessment of quality and content, as well as needs for future meetings, and comments are reviewed by the Program Committee and Board of Directors, with necessary changes incorporated into future programs.

The expected result of AAPOS’ educational activities is a broad array of ophthalmic knowledge that contributes to the lifelong learning of members and advances physician performance or competence. Ongoing assessment of the impact of AAPOS’ educational program is important in determining modifications to existing activities and the development of new activities. Specific expected results include increased knowledge across the ophthalmic community, activities designed to increase competence and performance with evidence-based standards, current practices, and methods of diagnosis, therapies, and disease prevention.