• 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 2021 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 (blended live and enduring material) activity for a maximum of 50 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.

    Physicians registered as In Person and Virtual are eligible to claim the above CME credit.

    Attendees registered as exhibitors and spouse/guests are not eligible to receive CME credit.

    Portions of the meeting identified for credit include AAO 2021 scientific sessions, instruction courses, Skills Transfer Program, AAOE Practice Management Master Classes, the Academy Café, Original Papers 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, Industry Showcases, Technology Pavilion presentations, EyeNet Corporate Events, the AAOE General Session and social networking.

    AAO 2021 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 2021 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 practice administrators responsible for managing the business aspects of an ophthalmic practice.

    2021 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.

    Friday Subspecialty Day Activity: Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery and Retina (Day 1)

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this Other (blended live and enduring material) activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Saturday Subspecialty Day Activity: Cornea, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery and Retina (Day 2)

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this Other (blended live and enduring material) activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Physicians registered as In Person and Virtual are eligible to claim the above CME credit.

    Self-Assessment Credit

    Selected AAO 2021 sessions meet the Self-Assessment CME requirements defined by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). U.S. ophthalmologists can complete four of the annually required self-assessment (SACME) hours at AAO 2021. A listing of SACME sessions will be available in the Mobile Meeting Guide.

    Many Academy online and print activities are approved for self-assessment credit, including ONE Network Cases and Courses, and selected BCSC sections. Visit aao.org/educationstore.aao.org or the Academy Resource Center booth in the Expo 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. Learn more about the ABO CME and Self-Assessment Credit requirements at abop.org/maintain-certification/cme-self-assessment/.

    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 2021 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 Credits™ 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.

    2021 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.

    Fundamentals 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

    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 2021.

    Attendance Verification for CME Reporting

    Before processing your requests for CME credit, your attendance at AAO 2021 and/or Subspecialty Day must be verified.

    • For those attending the meeting in-person, picking up your badge onsite will verify your attendance as badges are no longer mailed.
    • For those attending virtually (whether AAO 2021 or Subspecialty Day), you will be verified as attending when you sign into the meeting platform.

    Being verified as an attendee does not automatically grant CME. You still need to claim your CME credits.

    CME Credit Reporting

    Attendees can claim credits online through the Academy's website. Use a desktop computer to claim CME credit. The CME claim features are not available in a mobile view.

    1. Go to the CME Central claims web page
    2. Click the “Report AAO Credits” tab
    3. For Media Type select “Other: Blended”
    4. Click on “AAO 2021” or “Friday Subspecialty Day” or “Saturday Subspecialty Day”

    Once you’ve completed the evaluation and entered the hours you’re claiming, click “Submit” ONCE. It may take a few seconds to process the CME claim.

    For AAO 2021, you can claim CME credit multiple times, up to the 50-credit maximum, through Aug. 1, 2022. You can claim some in 2021 and some in 2022, or all in the same year.

    For 2021 Subspecialty Day, you can claim CME credit multiple times, up to the 12-credit maximum per day, through Aug. 1, 2022. You can claim some in 2021 and some in 2022, or all in the same year.

    You do not need to track which sessions you attend, just the total number of hours you spend in sessions for each claim.

    Academy Members

    CME transcripts that include AAOE Half-Day Coding Sessions, Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2021 credits will be available to Academy members through the Academy’s CME Central web page.

    The Academy transcript cannot list individual course attendance. It will list only the overall credits claimed for educational activities at AAOE Half-Day Coding Sessions, Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2021.

    Nonmembers

    The Academy provides nonmembers with verification of credits earned and reported for a single Academy-sponsored CME activity. Claim credits online through the Academy’s CME Central web page. You will have one opportunity to save or print a certificate.

    CME Questions

    Send your questions about CME credit reporting to cme@aao.org.

    For Maintenance of Certification (MOC) questions, contact the American Board of Ophthalmology at MOC@abpo.org.

    Proof of Attendance

    Academy Members

    When you claim CME credits and complete the evaluation on the Academy’s CME Central web page, you will be able to print a certificate from your transcript page.

    Nonmembers

    When you claim CME credits and complete the evaluation on the Academy’s CME Central web page, a new browser window will open with a PDF of your certificate. Download and save this document. Please disable your pop-up blocker.

    The following types of attendance verification are available 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.

    CME and AAPC Continuing Education Credit

    The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) will honor 1:1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    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. IJCAHPO does not cosponsor these approved courses, or any other review course. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of the course. Visit the IJCAHPO website for more information.

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