• 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 2020 Virtual Meeting 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 Other activity (blended live and on-demand meeting) for a maximum of 70 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 are not eligible to receive CME credit.

    AAO 2020 Virtual 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 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 2020 Virtual 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.

    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

    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.

    A complete listing of presenter financial disclosures for the past couple of years can be found in Meeting Archives.

    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 the Academy's educational activities in 2019. This web page will be updated with 2020 information when available.

    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.