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Committee Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer, send an email to aaovolunteer@aao.org with a list of the committees you are interested in serving on and attach a copy of your current C.V.

Global Alliances

Global Education and Outreach Committee
Works to advance ophthalmic education in the developing world. Offers physicians information required to ethically and effectively provide quality eye care in these countries.
Requirements:
Knowledge of global ophthalmology

International Meetings Committee
Guides the Academy's participation and organization of educational programs at ophthalmology meetings outside the United States.
Requirements:
Program participant in at least one meeting outside the United States per year. (The Academy does not underwrite travel expense.)

Global ONE® Advisory Board
Enhances the Academy's ONE® Network by reviewing, creating and soliciting regional content that reflects local ophthalmic practice. Keeps ONE Network relevant to practicing ophthalmologists worldwide. International members sought. 

ISRS® Cataract Refractive Committee
Monitors advances in the field of cataract refractive surgery. Solicits content related to current topics identified as timely and important. Recommends communication vehicles to disseminate information to ISRS members.

ISRS® Multimedia Library Editorial Board
Solicits and submits clinical content to the ISRS Multimedia Library. Recruits potential "Surgeons of the Month" to be recognized by ISRS.

Regional Advisors Committee
Provides guidance on educational resources needed, how they can be deployed effectively and how to best work with key ophthalmic organizations in their region/country. Identify opportunities for collaborative educational programs with ophthalmic organizations in the region/country. Major regions include: Pan America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Requirements:
AAO International Member
Knowledge of a region of the world 

ISRS® Executive Committee
Oversees the major functions of the ISRS. Facilitates the dissemination of innovative ideas and educational programs in refractive, cataract and lens-based surgery.
Requirements:
Service on an ISRS committee

ISRS® International Council
Works to increase ISRS membership, presence, value and offerings of the ISRS in the Council member's respective country and region.

ISRS® International Meetings Committee
Determines ISRS's participation and oversees the organization of educational programs at ophthalmology meetings outside the United States.
Requirements:
Program participant in at least one meeting outside the United States per year. (The ISRS does not underwrite travel expenses.)

ISRS® Program Committee
Works to ensure that ISRS provides consistent and effective educational programs at Subspecialty Day and other educational meetings.

Rotary Club Task Force
Identifies and partners with Rotary Clubs to select and host ophthalmologists from developing countries who visit the host ophthalmologist and attend the Annual Meeting.
Requirements:
Member of a Rotary Club


EyeNet

EyeNet Editorial Board
Members identify story topics, serve as interviewees, host Q&A sessions with colleagues on topics of current interest and provide assistance to staff editors on an as-needed basis.
Requirements:
Respond in timely manner to editors' requests
Meet deadlines
Strong written communication skills and excellent news judgment


Advocacy/Governmental Affairs

Federal Affairs

Committee for Research, Regulatory and External Scientific Relations
Oversees issues relating to federal agencies with jurisdiction over public health and scientific issues. Assists in Academy policy development in these areas, including work with agencies such as NIH, FDA, CDC and others.
Requirements:
Understanding of the work of federal public health and science agencies

Committee on Eye Banks
Responsible for overseeing the Academy's activities and policies relating to the nation's eye banks and cornea transplantation. Acts as facilitator between the Academy and the Eye Banks Association of America (EBAA).
Requirements:
Expertise in cornea transplantation and eye banking 

Health Policy Committee
Oversees advocacy efforts in ophthalmology on behalf of the Academy, dealing with federal government and private payers in areas of coverage, reimbursement and other payment policies. Presents to American Medical Association panels on new ophthalmology codes and new payment values, and ensures appropriateness of current payments.
Requirements:
Basic knowledge of Medicare payment and coverage policies related to ophthalmology as well as overall knowledge of coding
Regular participation in discussions via email regarding issues and concerns related to reimbursement and coding issues, as well as new policy considerations

OPHTHPAC Committee
Oversees Academy's federal political action committee (PAC) and grassroots efforts on behalf of ophthalmology in Washington, DC. Responsible for outreach to ophthalmology colleagues to educate them about OPHTHPAC and congressional advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising and recruitment of congressional advocates.
Requirements:
U.S. members only
Must be OPHTHPAC donor

State Affairs

Committee for State Governmental Affairs
Assists state ophthalmological organizations in their efforts to affect the outcome of state legislation and regulation. 

Committee for State Organizational Development
Promotes the development of strong state ophthalmological societies to serve as advocates for ophthalmology at the state level.

Surgical Scope Fund Committee
Raises significant funds from Academy membership, state and subspecialty/specialized interest societies on annual basis in order to provide states resources to protect the practice of ophthalmology against optometric surgical scope initiatives that jeopardize quality of patient care.
Requirements:
U.S. members only
Must be Surgical Scope Fund contributor


Member Services

Senior Ophthalmologist (SO) Committee
Addresses the interests and needs of active and retired ophthalmologists 60 years of age and over, communicating their concerns to Academy leadership and supporting their relationship and involvement in Academy activities.

Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Committee
Addresses the educational needs of younger or new-to-practice ophthalmologists, communicating their concerns to the Academy leadership and supporting their membership and involvement in Academy activities. The major focus of these efforts is directed towards residency, fellowship and the first five years of practice.


Communications

Communications Committee
Advises the Academy on issues related to public relations and broader public-facing activities and member communications strategy in mediums such as web, digital, media relations, etc.
Requirements:
Expertise in public relations, promotion and communication strategies

Product Advisory Committee
Assists with the Academy's branding and marketing efforts with a particular focus on product marketing strategy.
Requirements:
Demonstrated business acumen

Patient Education Committee
Provides input into the Academy's public-facing eye health information website and directly contributes to development and content review of patient-education products. Reviews large volume of content with rapid turnaround time.


Annual Meeting

Special Projects Committee
Develops new Annual Meeting programs and formats to complement the courses, symposia, papers, posters and videos submitted by members and societies.

Annual Meeting Program Committee
Reviews, selects, monitors and evaluates the instruction courses, Breakfast with the Experts, videos and scientific papers and posters each year for the Annual Meeting.

Skills Transfer Advisory Committee
Oversees the skills transfer courses at the Academy's Annual Meeting. Responsible for abstract review and selection, course development and monitoring/evaluation.

Subspecialty Day Advisory Committee
Oversees the development of the scientific programs of Subspecialty Day meetings, including program review and approval. Communicates with Planning Groups. Evaluates programs and recommends policies.


Foundation

Museum of Vision – Academy Archives Committee
Provides fair and impartial decision for the growth of the Museum of Vision's oral history, film, photograph and general archive collection.

Museum of Vision – Collections Committee
Provides fair and impartial decisions for the growth of the Museum of Vision's artifact and rare book collection.

Museum of Vision – Exhibitions and Educational Outreach Committee
Provides recommendations and editorial input for Museum of Vision educational programs, including exhibits, symposia and publications.


Clinical Education

EyeWiki™ Editorial Board
Creates and reviews submitted material to an online Wiki where ophthalmologists, other physicians, patients and the public can view detailed content written by ophthalmologists covering the vast spectrum of eye disease, diagnosis and treatment.

Industry Training Task Force
Spearheads new program to provide clinical education to pharmaceutical sales representatives so that they can have more meaningful and efficient conversations with their ophthalmologist clients.

Item Review Subcommittee
Performs currency reviews of exam items in self-assessment print and online programs to ensure accuracy and currency. Each item is reviewed at least once every three years by a committee member in the corresponding subspecialty.

Ophthalmic Knowledge

Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Committee, Sections 1-13
Each BCSC committee reviews book content annually for minor revisions, except during a major revision year. In a major revision year, committee members provide an in-depth review which includes: revising text, figures, tables and questions. Members could be asked to review other products such as Focal Points.
Requirements:
During major revision cycle, members are required to attend one weekend meeting with the committee

BCSC Sec. 1: Update on General Medicine
BCSC Sec. 2: Fundamentals and Principals of Ophthalmology
BCSC Sec. 3: Clinical Optics
BCSC Sec. 4: Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors
BCSC Sec. 5: Neuro-Ophthalmology
BCSC Sec. 6: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
BCSC Sec. 7: Orbit, Eyelids and Lacrimal System
BCSC Sec. 8: External Disease and Cornea
BCSC Sec. 9: Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis
BCSC Sec.10: Glaucoma
BCSC Sec.11: Lens and Cataract
BCSC Sec.12: Retina and Vitreous
BCSC Sec.13: Refractive Surgery

Committee on Aging
Increases the amount and quality of geriatric education and expertise among ophthalmologists. Committee members produce Annual Meeting symposia and Breakfast with the Experts. 

Focal Points Editorial Review Board
Provides concise and current clinical articles that help ophthalmologists in general clinical practice to understand and apply the most effective and up-to-date information and techniques in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and disorders. Each Board member covers one practice emphasis area and is responsible for assigning and overseeing content for three to four 4,000-word manuscripts per year.

Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP®) Committee
Works in cooperation with the American Board of Ophthalmology to create an annual exam to assess the knowledge and performance of residents in approved US and Canadian ophthalmology programs. The OKAP exam is now also being administered internationally to interested programs.

Ophthalmology Liaisons Committee
Supports ophthalmic medical personnel by ensuring that they have access to the highest quality educational programs and products. Develops educational materials for residents, medical students and non-ophthalmic physicians, providing them with high-quality, up-to-date ophthalmic information that will enable them to provide appropriate eye care for the public.

Practicing Ophthalmologists Advisory Committee for Education
Reviews ongoing programs and provides advice from the perspective of the ophthalmologist in practice. Members review all sections of the BCSC, Focal Points modules, Preferred Practice Pattern® and other education programs.

Vision Rehabilitation Committee
Fosters the provision of comprehensive, high-quality care to patients requiring vision rehabilitation services. Members plan and coordinate Annual Meeting symposia and Breakfast with the Experts.

Committee for Resident Education
Oversees the Resident Hub and several textbooks, including Basic Principles of Ophthalmic Surgery and Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery. Supports and develops the Resident Hub as the best single centralized, web-based resource for the housing, development, testing, and dissemination of materials for ophthalmology resident education.
Requirements:
Must either be a current resident, program director or former program director 

Online Education/E-Learning

Digital Media Committee
Develops educational DVDs and multiple series of surgical videos on the ONE Network. Reviews and approves online video content to maintain clinical accuracy and currency.

Ophthalmic News & Education Network (ONE®) Editorial Board
Oversees the news side of the ONE Network. Each Practice Emphasis Area has an editor and committee that review on a monthly basis the top ophthalmic journals in their subspecialty to provide guidance on which studies to highlight on the network (Editors' Choice), providing commentary when appropriate. In addition, committee members help acquire videos, produce podcasts, report from ophthalmic meetings, supply topics and authors for Current Insight articles and provide information on new drugs, technologies and procedures.

ONE - Cataract
ONE - Comprehensive
ONE - Cornea
ONE - Glaucoma
ONE - Neuro-Ophthalmology
ONE - Ocular Oncology/Pathology
ONE - Oculoplastics
ONE - Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
ONE - Refractive Management
ONE - Retina
ONE - Uveitis

Online Education Committee
Develops CME courses and interactive cases and quizzes offered on the ONE Network. Also performs educational needs assessments and develops broader learning plans online.

Quality of Care

Committee on Medical Information Technology
Sponsors a Working Group 9, which brings vendors and ophthalmologists together to discuss ways to coordinate the development of standards and activities related to digital imaging and communications.

Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee
Evaluates scientific literature regarding the safety and effectiveness of new and existing ophthalmic tests and procedures so that information about state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology is available to ophthalmologists, the private sector and the government, thus ensuring that appropriate eye care is provided to the public.

OTAC - Cornea/Anterior Segment Panel
OTAC - Glaucoma Panel
OTAC - Oculoplastics and Orbit Panel
OTAC - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Panel
OTAC - Refractive Management Panel
OTAC - Retina/Vitreous Panel

Preferred Practice Pattern Committee (In 2014 Glaucoma only)
Identifies characteristics and components of quality eye care, commensurate with present knowledge and resources, through a series of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Committee on Public Health
Provides public health-oriented and research-based perspectives for the development of Academy positions on topical and time-sensitive clinical concerns. Oversees a research and training grant (GEMSSTAR) for early career ophthalmologists interested in clinical or health services research.

Committee for Practice Improvement
Develops educational activities that incorporate tools and a framework for changing practice and evaluating the changes they make. Examples of CME activities developed are Wrong Site/Wrong IOL and Building Best Practices for Informed Consent Performance Improvement CME Activities.

Knowledge Base Development

Knowledge Base Panels
Develops a comprehensive and complete online clinical knowledge base that is considered important to providing quality patient care.
Requirements:
Well-established knowledge of the subspecialty and/or at least 50% practice time devoted to the subspecialty

Knowledge Base - Cataract/Anterior Segment Panel
Knowledge Base - Cornea/External Disease Panel
Knowledge Base - Glaucoma Panel
Knowledge Base - Neuro-ophthalmology/Orbit Panel
Knowledge Base - Oculoplastic/Orbit Panel
Knowledge Base - Ophthalmic Pathology and Oncology Panel
Knowledge Base - Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
Knowledge Base - Refractive Management/Intervention Panel
Knowledge Base - Retina/Vitreous Panel
Knowledge Base - Uveitis Panel

Practicing Ophthalmologists' Curriculum (POC) Panel
Develops a comprehensive and complete online clinical knowledge base that is considered important to providing quality patient care. POC panels are responsible for content directed towards preparation for Maintenance of Certification examinations.
Requirements:
Must have time-limited certificate and be actively participating in Maintenance of Certification
Well-established knowledge of the subspecialty and/or at least 50% practice time devoted to the subspecialty
Comprehensive ophthalmology POC panel: primarily practicing comprehensive or general ophthalmology

POCP - Cataract and Anterior Segment Panel
POCP - Comprehensive Ophthalmology Panel
POCP - Cornea/External Disease Panel
POCP - Glaucoma Panel
POCP - Neuro-Ophthalmology/Orbit Panel
POCP - Oculoplastics/Orbit Panel
POCP - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Panel
POCP - Refractive Management/Intervention Panel
POCP - Retina Vitreous Panel
POCP - Uveitis Panel