Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Committee, Sections 1-13
Each BCSC committee reviews book content annually for minor revisions, except during a major revision year. In a major revision year, committee members provide an in-depth review which includes: revising text, figures, tables and questions. Members could be asked to review other products such as Focal Points.
- During major revision cycle, members are required to attend one weekend meeting with the committee
- BCSC Sec. 1: Update on General Medicine
- BCSC Sec. 2: Fundamentals and Principals of Ophthalmology
- BCSC Sec. 3: Clinical Optics
- BCSC Sec. 4: Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors
- BCSC Sec. 5: Neuro-Ophthalmology
- BCSC Sec. 6: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
- BCSC Sec. 7: Orbit, Eyelids and Lacrimal System
- BCSC Sec. 8: External Disease and Cornea
- BCSC Sec. 9: Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis
- BCSC Sec.10: Glaucoma
- BCSC Sec.11: Lens and Cataract
- BCSC Sec.12: Retina and Vitreous
- BCSC Sec.13: Refractive Surgery
Committee on Aging
Increases the amount and quality of geriatric education and expertise among ophthalmologists. Committee members produce Annual Meeting symposia and Breakfast with the Experts.
Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP®) Committee
Works in cooperation with the American Board of Ophthalmology to create an annual exam to assess the knowledge and performance of residents in approved US and Canadian ophthalmology programs. The OKAP exam is now also being administered internationally to interested programs.
Ophthalmology Liaisons Committee
Supports ophthalmic medical personnel by ensuring that they have access to the highest quality educational programs and products. Develops educational materials for residents, medical students and non-ophthalmic physicians, providing them with high-quality, up-to-date ophthalmic information that will enable them to provide appropriate eye care for the public.
Practicing Ophthalmologists Advisory Committee for Education
Reviews ongoing programs and provides advice from the perspective of the ophthalmologist in practice. Members review all sections of the BCSC, Focal Points modules, Preferred Practice Pattern® and other education programs.
Vision Rehabilitation Committee
Fosters the provision of comprehensive, high-quality care to patients requiring vision rehabilitation services. Members plan and coordinate Annual Meeting symposia and Breakfast with the Experts.
Committee for Resident Education
Oversees content within the Resident segment of the website and several textbooks, including Basic Principles of Ophthalmic Surgery and Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery.
Requirement: Must be a current resident, program director, or former program director
EyeWiki™ Editorial Board
Creates and reviews submitted material to an online Wiki where ophthalmologists, other physicians, patients and the public can view detailed content written by ophthalmologists covering the vast spectrum of eye disease, diagnosis and treatment.
Ophthalmic News & Education Network (ONE®) Editorial Board
Oversees the news side of the ONE Network. Each Practice Emphasis Area has an editor and committee that review on a monthly basis the top ophthalmic journals in their subspecialty to provide guidance on which studies to highlight on the network (Editors' Choice), providing commentary when appropriate. In addition, committee members help acquire videos, produce podcasts, report from ophthalmic meetings, supply topics and authors for Current Insight articles and provide information on new drugs, technologies and procedures.
- ONE - Cataract
- ONE - Cornea
- ONE - Glaucoma
- ONE - Neuro-Ophthalmology
- ONE - Ocular Oncology/Pathology
- ONE - Oculoplastics
- ONE - Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
- ONE - Refractive Management
- ONE - Retina
- ONE - Uveitis
Online Education Committee
Develops CME courses and interactive cases and quizzes offered on the ONE Network. Also performs educational needs assessments and develops broader learning plans online.
Resident Self-Assessment Committee
Oversees content development and maintenance for the BCSC Self-Assessment Program. Monthly assignments take about 2 hours to complete and include reviewing questions for currency, performance, cognitive level, and uniqueness.
Webinar Planning Committee
Plans and develops webinars and other virtual event programs for practicing ophthalmologists, often for CME credit.
Quality of Care
Committee on Medical Information Technology
Sponsors a Working Group 9, which brings vendors and ophthalmologists together to discuss ways to coordinate the development of standards and activities related to digital imaging and communications.
Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee
Evaluates scientific literature regarding the safety and effectiveness of new and existing ophthalmic tests and procedures so that information about state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology is available to ophthalmologists, the private sector and the government, thus ensuring that appropriate eye care is provided to the public.
- OTAC - Cornea/Anterior Segment Panel
- OTAC - Glaucoma Panel
- OTAC - Oculoplastics and Orbit Panel
- OTAC - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Panel
- OTAC - Refractive Management Panel
- OTAC - Retina/Vitreous Panel
Preferred Practice Pattern Committees
Identify characteristics and components of quality eye care, commensurate with present knowledge and resources, through a series of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Committee on Public Health
Provides public health-oriented and research-based perspectives for the development of Academy positions on topical and time-sensitive clinical concerns. Oversees a research and training grant (GEMSSTAR) for early career ophthalmologists interested in clinical or health services research.