• The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Academy's CME Mission Statement

    The purpose of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is to present ophthalmologists with the highest quality lifelong learning opportunities that promote improvement and change in physician practices, performance or competence, thus enabling such physicians to maintain or improve the competence and professional performance needed to provide the best possible eye care for their patients.
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    AAO 2018 CME Credit

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The American Medical Association has determined that non–U.S. licensed physicians who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

    Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses or guests are not eligible to receive CME credit.

    Portions of the meeting identified for credit include AAO 2018 scientific sessions, instruction courses, Skills Transfer courses, Breakfast With the Experts, AAOE Practice Management Master Classes, Scientific Papers and Posters, the Video Program, and the Jackson Memorial Lecture at the Opening Session.

    Portions of the meeting not eligible for credit include, but are not limited to, committee meetings, viewing exhibits, attending Special Meetings & Events, Technology Pavilion, Learning Lounge, EyeNet Corporate Events, the AAOE General Session, social networking and any affiliate event.

    AAO 2018 Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

    • Identify recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
    • Identify major advances in key areas of cutting-edge research and technology in ophthalmology.
    • Incorporate skills and techniques from the hands-on Skills Transfer courses into their daily practice.
    • Integrate practice management strategies to address critical business and operational tasks in the ophthalmologist's practice.
    • Develop strategies to identify and address their own individual professional practice gaps.

    AAO 2018 Target Audience

    This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of ophthalmologists, nurses, ophthalmic technicians and other allied health personnel who are engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, as well as business managers responsible for managing the business aspects of an ophthalmic practice.

    2018 Subspecialty Day CME Credit

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Two-Day Subspecialty Day Activity: Retina

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    One-Day Subspecialty Day Activities for Refractive Surgery, Cornea, Glaucoma, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Uveitis

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Self-Assessment Credit

    Selected AAO 2018 courses and sessions meet the Self-Assessment CME requirements defined by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). U.S. ophthalmologists can complete all eight annually required self-assessment (SACME) hours at AAO 2018. A listing of SACME courses will be available in the Mobile Meeting Guide. Subspecialty Days no longer carry SACME.

    Many Academy online and print activities are approved for SACME, including ONE Network Cases and Courses, Practicing Ophthalmologist Learning System and selected BCSC sections. Visit aao.org/education, store.aao.org, or the Academy Resource Center in Chicago for more information.

    Please be advised that the ABO is not an accrediting body for purposes of any CME program. ABO does not sponsor this or any outside activity, and ABO does not endorse any particular CME activity. Find complete information regarding the ABO Self-Assessment CME Maintenance of Certification requirements.

    NOTE: Credit designated as “SACME” is AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and is also pre-approved by the ABO for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Learning and Self-Assessment Activity requirements.

    European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) CME/CPD Requirements

    European ophthalmologists can convert CME credit from AAO 2018 and Subspecialty Day to meet European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) CME/CPD requirements.

    The American Medical Association has an agreement of mutual recognition of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), the accreditation body for European countries. Physicians interested in converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credit to UEMS-European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education CME credits (ECMECs) should contact the UEMS at mutualrecognition@uems.eu.

    German State Chambers of Physicians Recognition of Certificates of Attendance

    The German State Chambers of Physicians now automatically recognizes certificates of attendance for live, in-person Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities organized by accredited providers in the ACCME System. These activities must take place in the United States or its territories. This decision is limited to five years, expiring in Nov. 2021.

    2018 AAOE Half-Day Coding Sessions CME Credit

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Fundementals of Ophthalmic Coding

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Coding Camp

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Teaching at a Live Activity

    Teaching instruction courses, or delivering a scientific paper or poster are not AMA PRA Category 1 Credit activities and should not be included when calculating your total AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

    Presenters may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits through the American Medical Association.

    Scientific Integrity and Disclosure of Financial Interest

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is committed to ensuring that all continuing medical education (CME) information is based on the application of research findings and the implementation of evidence-based medicine. It seeks to promote balance, objectivity and absence of commercial bias in its content. All persons in a position to control the content of this activity must disclose any and all financial interests. The Academy has mechanisms in place to resolve all conflicts of interest prior to an educational activity being delivered to the learners.

    Presenter Disclosures

    View a full listing of presenter disclosures for AAO 2018. (PDF 454KB)

    During the Academy's annual meeting a full listing of financial disclosures can be found in the Mobile Meeting Guide. The Academy requires all presenters to disclose on their first slide whether they have any financial interests from the past 12 months. Presenters are required to verbally disclose any financial interests that specifically pertain to their presentation.

    Even with these acknowledgements, the Academy’s Annual Meeting Program Committee expects that all presenters will give a fair and unbiased scientific talk. If you feel that a presenter did not follow these guidelines or was unduly biased, please contact the Academy’s meetings staff at meetings@aao.org.

    Control of Content

    The Academy considers presenting authors, not co-authors, to be in control of the educational content. It is Academy policy and traditional scientific publishing and professional courtesy to acknowledge all people contributing to the research, regardless of CME control of the live presentation of that content. This acknowledgement is made in a similar way in other Academy CME activities. Though they are acknowledged, co-authors do not have control of the CME content and their disclosures are not published or resolved.

    Program Committee Disclosures

    The Academy has a profound duty to its members, the larger medical community and the public to ensure the integrity of all of its scientific, educational, advocacy and consumer information activities and materials. Thus each Academy Trustee, Secretary, committee Chair, committee member, taskforce chair, taskforce member, councilor, and representative to other organizations (“Academy Leader”), as well as the Academy staff and those responsible for organizing and presenting CME activities must disclose interactions with companies and manage conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest that affect this integrity. Where such conflicts or perceived conflicts exist, they must be appropriately and fully disclosed and resolved.

    Review the listing of financial disclosures for contributors to Academy educational activities.

    Attendance Verification for CME Reporting

    Before processing your requests for CME credit, the Academy must verify your attendance at AAO 2018 and/or Subspecialty Day. In order to be verified for CME or auditing purposes, you must have either:

    • Registered in advance, received your materials in the mail before traveling to the meeting, then turned in the Meeting Program Exchange Voucher and/or Subspecialty Day Syllabus exchange voucher(s) onsite;
    • Registered in advance and picked up your badge onsite if materials did not arrive before you traveled to the meeting;
    • Registered onsite; or
    • Scanned the barcode on your badge as you entered an AAO 2018 course or session room.

    Badge Scanning – What Does It Mean?

    Each AAO 2018 meeting badge displays a barcode. Staff stationed at each course and session room scan your badge, verifying your attendance. At the end of each day, an e-mail is sent confirming the courses and sessions at which your badge was scanned, with links directly to the course evaluation. Your participation in the evaluation process is critical for maintaining a high-quality program.

    NOTE: You do not need to scan your badge at Subspecialty Day meetings, AAOE coding sessions or at any ticketed event.

    Badge Scanning and CME

    Getting your badge scanned does not automatically grant CME. You still need to record your own educational activities.

    NOTE: You should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of your participation in the activity.

    CME Credit Reporting

    Onsite, report credits earned during Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2018 at a CME Credit Reporting kiosks located in Grand Concourse Level 2.5 and in the Academy Resource Center, Booth 508.

    Registrants whose attendance is verified at AAO 2018 receive an email on Monday, Oct. 29 with a link and instructions on how to claim credit online. Attendees can use this link to report credits until Wednesday, Nov. 28.

    Starting Thursday, Dec. 13, attendees can claim credits online through the Academy's CME web page.

    Academy Members

    The CME credit reporting receipt is not a CME transcript. CME transcripts that include AAO 2018 credits entered at the Academy’s annual meeting will be available to Academy members through the Academy's CME web page beginning Thursday, Dec. 13.

    The Academy transcript cannot list individual course attendance. It will list only the overall credits claimed for educational activities at Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2018.

    Nonmembers

    The Academy provides nonmembers with verification of credits earned and reported for a single Academy-sponsored CME activity. To obtain a printed record of your credits claim CME credits onsite at the CME Credit Reporting kiosks. Nonmembers choosing to claim credits online through the Academy's CME web page after Dec. 13, will have one opportunity to print a certificate.

    Proof of Attendance

    The following types of attendance verification are available during AAO 2018 and Subspecialty Day for those who need it for reimbursement or hospital privileges, or for nonmembers who need it to report CME credit:

    • CME credit reporting/proof-of-attendance letters.
    • Onsite registration receipt.
    • Instruction course and session verification.

    You must have obtained your proof of attendance at the CME Credit Reporting kiosks onsite located in South, Level 2.5 and in the Academy Resource Center.

    CME Transcripts

    Academy members can generally view and print their CME Transcripts online. You will need to log on using your username and password. Need help logging in? Visit Member Services.

    Contact the Academy's CME Registrar with CME related questions.

    CME and AAPC Continuing Education Credit

    The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) reviews courses for continuing education credit and grants CEUs to courses that have CME approval. AAPC will honor 1:1 CEUs for all coding instruction courses, except for the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist Prep Course.

    IJCAHPO Continuing Education Credit

    The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) reviews courses for continuing education credit toward certification or recertification in ophthalmic medical assisting for COA, COT and COMT levels. Approved courses are classified as either Group A or Group B. IJCAHPO may award continuing education credit for specified courses. Except for Coding Camp, IJCAHPO does not sponsor these approved courses, or any other review course. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of the course. Visit jcahpo.org for more information.

    NOTE: IJCAHPO credits cannot be claimed on the Academy’s online CME system. Credit must be claimed directly with IJCAHPO when you are ready to recertify.