• Supporting Ophthalmology's Future Leaders

    The Advocacy Ambassador Program

    Sustaining our profession’s success means investing in the next generation of ophthalmology’s leaders. A record 170 members-in-training participated in the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum 2017 through the Advocacy Ambassador Program. Now in its 13th year, the program was launched by the Academy’s Secretariat for State Affairs to help young physicians learn firsthand the importance of membership and staying engaged. The participation of these residents and young ophthalmologists was made possible by state ophthalmology societies, subspecialty/specialized interest societies and training programs.   

    The Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD, Advocacy Education Fund

    The Academy established the Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD, Advocacy Education Fund to cover the annual expenses for one resident to attend the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C. We’re now halfway to our goal of a self-sustaining endowment. Make a tax-deductible donation to keep our momentum going and pave the way for a new generation of leaders. You’ll also honor one of the Academy’s great advocates for our patients and profession. Before his sudden death last year, Dr. Copeland devoted a great amount of energy to engaging students, residents and others in the Academy’s community of U.S. ophthalmologists in our lobbying efforts in our nation’s capital.