The IAO and the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology have been strong supporters of the AAO Advocacy Ambassador program.
Goals of the program include:
- Engage and educate members-in-training (residents and those undergoing fellowship training) early on as to the importance of advocating for their profession (training future advocates for patients and for the profession);
- Help members-in-training understand the importance of membership and active involvement in their respective state ophthalmology and subspecialty societies; and
- Expose members-in-training to some of the critical issues in medicine being discussed by leaders in ophthalmology during the Mid-Year Forum and Council sessions (the Council is the policy advisory body to the Academy’s Board of Trustees).