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  • Iowa ophthalmology Deparment chair and residency program director, Keith Carter, MD and Thomas Oetting, MD, are honored by Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD and Academy Secretary for State Affairs Kurt Heitman, MD.

    The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the recipient of the Academy’s 2016 Commitment to Advocacy award. The award was presented to the University of Iowa by Academy leaders in January 2017 during the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology’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 University of Iowa’s ophthalmology department 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 Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology.