• Education in professional standards for the ethical practice of ophthalmology is one of the primary goals of the Ethics Committee. The Jerome W. Bettman Sr., MD, Ethics Education Lecture Program (the Ethics Lecture Program) is one way the committee accomplishes that goal. The Ethics Lecture Program is available for teaching institutions as well as state/regional ophthalmology societies. 

    What to Expect

    • NOTE: Due to government regulations and public health mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ethics Committee will present the Bettman Ethics Lectures virtually through the end of the 2020 calendar year or until further notice.  

    • The lectures are comprised of an in-person presentation with time for Q & A, and are designed to encourage practical problem solving and to explore larger ethical concepts. The interactive lectures focus on topics unique to residency education as well as the practicing ophthalmologist. Ethics Committee members and staff present the lecture program, which is easily tailored to the needs of the sponsoring organization. In addition to residents, we encourage opening the lecture to faculty, technicians, and administrative/support staff for a comprehensive look at ethics and professionalism in ophthalmology. 

    How to Schedule a Lecture

    • To schedule a lecture, contact the Academy ethics manager, Mara Pearse Burke, at 319.351.0440 or ethics@aao.org. Requests should include several possible dates for your proposed lecture and should be made at least three to six months before the desired date of the lecture.

    Lecture Calendar and Locations YTD 2020

    • University of Iowa, Dept of Ophthalmology, Iowa City, IA - February 14, 2020
    • Utah Ophthalmology Society, Salt Lake City, UT - February 28, 2020 - CANCELLED
    • New York Univ, Dept of Ophthalmology, Susruta Lecturer, May 29, 2020 - CANCELLED
    • Rush Medical School, Alumni Meeting, Chicago, IL - June 12, 2020 - CANCELLED
    • Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Ethics Conference - July 31, 2020- VIRTUAL 
    • University of Minnesota, Dept of Ophthalmology - October 16, 2020 - VIRTUAL