• 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 (blended live and enduring material,) activity 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.

    Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Attendees registered as exhibitors are not eligible to receive CME credit.

    Portions of the meeting not eligible for credit include, but are not limited to, viewing the Expo, Industry Showcases, EyeNet Corporate lunches, the AAOE General Session and social networking.

    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.

    Self-Assessment Credit

    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/education or store.aao.org 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 2020 Virtual 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.

    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 2020.

    Attendance Verification for CME Reporting

    When you sign into the virtual meeting platform you will be verified as attending AAO 2020 Virtual. Being verified as an attendee does not automatically grant CME. You still need to record your own educational activities.

    CME Credit Reporting

    Attendees can claim credits online through the Academy's website:

    1. Use a desktop computer to claim CME credit. The CME claim features are not available in the mobile view.
    2. Go to the CME Central claims web page
    3. Click the “Report AAO Credits” tab
    4. For Media Type select “Other: Blended”
    5. Click on “AAO 2020 Virtual”
    6. 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.

    You can claim CME credit multiple times, up to the 70-credit maximum, through Oct. 15, 2021. You can claim some in 2020 and some in 2021, or all in 2021.

    You don’t need to track which sessions you attend, just track of the number of hours you spend in sessions for each claim.

    Academy Members

    CME transcripts that include AAO 2020 Virtual 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 AAO 2020 Virtual.


    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.


    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 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.

    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.