Jane C. Edmond, MD
It is a great honor to be nominated as a candidate for the position of trustee-at-large. I am an associate professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and a member of the faculty at Texas Children's Hospital. In addition, I attend a clinic and operate at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. My practice focus is pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.
I have been in academic, hospital-based practices for the entirety of my career. During the majority of those 23 years, I have been active in the Academy, serving on the following committees: Lifetime Education for the Ophthalmologist (chair), Maintenance of Certification Education (chair), Basic and Clinical Science Course Volume 6, Communications Advisory Board, and Eyenet editorial board. In 2013, I was appointed trustee-at-large of the Academy's Board of Trustees, completing Dr. George Bartley's unexpired term to allow him to assume the position as editor of Ophthalmology.
I have also served in my subspecialty organization, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, as a member of numerous committees including the Board of Directors as director-at-large and councilor to the Academy. I am an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the Texas Ophthalmological Association and have trained many residents and fellows during the span of my career.
The responsibility of the trustee-at-large is to represent the Academy membership by providing perspectives that represent the varying interests and concerns of the general membership. I believe my background puts me in a good position to serve as that voice.
Education is one of the main missions of the Academy, a passion I share. I bring to the position two decades of experience in the education of practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists-in-training, pediatricians, allied health and the general public. Patient-centered care is on the horizon. One of my particular interests is educating patients, the general public and allied health services about the prevention, identification and treatment of eye disease. I will bring to my role as trustee continued advocacy for improved ocular health, a campaign that also serves to solidify the role of ophthalmologists as the primary providers of care of ocular disease.
I also come to this position with the perspective of a salaried clinician practicing in a large hospital system. I have experienced firsthand the evolution of care as the health system transitions into an accountable care organization and the implications that will have for the practicing physician: delivering care in an organized team, becoming facile with the electronic medical record and meeting increased volume demands through enhanced practice efficiency. New skills will be required in order to prosper. I can be relied upon to advise the Academy board about the new challenges that face our members.
In summary, I am honored to be considered for this position. As members of the Academy, we are part of an organization that consistently serves the many needs of our constituency. I look forward to energetically representing the membership as a trustee-at-large.