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Board of Trustees Nominees for 2014 Election

On Jan. 1, 2015, three elected Board of Trustees positions will become vacant. Elections to fill those positions and decide on proposed changes to the Bylaws and Code of Ethics will take place by hybrid (mail and online) ballot after the Oct. 19 annual business meeting in Chicago.

In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for officers to the Academy, made by the Board of Trustees in June.

Nominees

  • President-Elect: William L. Rich III, MD
  • Senior Secretary for Advocacy: Daniel J. Briceland, MD
  • Trustee-at-Large: Andrew M. Prince, MD

Any questions relating to the nomination process or election process may be emailed to the Nominating Committee at nominate@aao.org.

Board Appointments
During the June 2014 Board of Trustees meeting, the following individuals were appointed to the 2015 Board of Trustees and will begin their terms on Jan. 1.

  • Humphrey J.F. Taylor was re-appointed for a three-year term as public trustee.
  • Jan-Tjeerd H.N. de Faber, MD, was appointed for a three-year term as international trustee-at-large.

Proposed Amendments
The Board of Trustees recommends the following proposed changes to the Academy Bylaws and Code of Ethics. New language is underlined, and deleted words and phrases are indicated by strike through. Only the affected portions of the current documents are printed here.

Board of Trustees Statement: The Board of Trustees supports the amendment to the Bylaws which expands the definition of International Member-in-Training to allow those who participate in postgraduate education courses of training outside of the United States and Canada to be eligible for this category of membership.

BYLAWS
Article I: Membership
1.15. International Members-in-Training
. A physician who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, or equivalent medical degree as determined by the Board of Trustees, and who is engaged on a full-time basis in an ophthalmology residency, fellowship, or equivalent training program outside the United States and Canada that is acceptable to the Board of Trustees, or who has completed a residency training program outside the United States or Canada that is acceptable to the Board of Trustees and is engaged on a full-time basis in an ophthalmology fellowship program a postgraduate educational course of training leading to an advanced degree outside the United States or Canada, shall be eligible to apply for membership as an International Member-in-Training.

Board of Trustees Statement: The Board of Trustees supports the amendment to the Code of Ethics which more specifically defines what is considered expert testimony in challenges submitted against Academy Fellows and Members.

CODE OF ETHICS
B. Rules of Ethics
16. Expert Testimony. Expert testimony should be provided in an objective manner using medical knowledge to form expert medical opinions. Nonmedical factors (such as solicitation of business from attorneys, competition with other physicians, and personal bias unrelated to professional expertise) should not bias testimony. It is unethical for a physician to accept compensation that is contingent upon the outcome of litigation. False, deceptive or misleading expert testimony is unethical. For purposes of this Rule, expert testimony shall include oral testimony provided under oath, affidavits and declarations used in court proceedings and certificates of merit signed, ratified or otherwise adopted by the physician.