Committees are the backbone of the Academy. In order for any committee to function at full capacity it is crucial that each member fulfill his or her responsibilities.
Each committee member should:
- Support and further the goals and objectives of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
- Be an active member of the ophthalmic community and be knowledgeable and aware of factors in the external environment that may affect the committee's activities.
- Be receptive to the concerns, interests, and ideas of Academy members.
- Devote the time and effort required to accomplish the committee's objectives.
- Attend all committee meetings and participate in all committee conference calls unless excused by the chair; excused absences should not exceed one meeting/call per year.
- Fulfill committee assignments on a timely basis.
- Provide assistance and materials as requested by Academy staff.
The Role of Consultants
Consultants are most often nonmembers of the Academy who, because of their special expertise, are asked to assist a committee. Consultants are appointed through the same process as members. Consultants have the same responsibilities as committee members, but do not have voting privileges.