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    Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD (far left) and AUPO President Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD, present the Commitment to Advocacy award to Manasvee S. Kapadia, MD, center, Residency Program Director at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

    The Case Western Reserve University, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is the recipient of the Academy's 2018 Commitment to Advocacy award. The award was presented to Case Western Reserve University, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences by the Academy and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) leaders in January 2019 during AUPO's annual meeting.

    The Academy’s Secretariat for State Affairs created the award to recognize a training program and its leadership for demonstrating commitment to the Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program. The Advocacy Ambassador Program gives residents and fellows hands-on training in advocacy and policy development, and supports their attendance at the Academy’s annual Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day. The Case Western Reserve University, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaging and educating members in training about the importance of advocating for their patients and their profession, and has collaborated closely with the Ohio Ophthalmological Society.