• Now Virtual and In-Person 

    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 Bettman 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: Regarding virtual vs. in-person lecture presentations, the AAO will follow government regulations, public health mandates, and institutional mandates regarding COVID-19.   

    • 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. When in-person lectures resume, please allow 3 - 6 months lead time for potential lectures dates. 

    Lecture Calendar and Locations YTD 2021

    • Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Ethics Conference - July 31, 2020 - VIRTUAL 
    • University of Minnesota, Dept of Ophthalmology - October 16, 2020 - VIRTUAL 
    • BronxCare Health System, Dept of Ophthalmology - June 9, 2021 - VIRTUAL
    • New York Univ, Dept of Ophthalmology, Susruta Lecturer, June 11, 2021 - VIRTUAL 
    • Loyola University Medical Center, Dept of Ophthalmology - September 28, 2021 - VIRTUAL