The 2.5 day Annual Meeting program structure offers discovery through formal lectures; brief, focused paper presentations; roundtable sessions; workshops; posters; panel and large-group discussions, allowing learners varied learning formats and experiences. Our novel programs, Educating the Educators and Bootcamp for New Chairs, offer enhanced learning opportunities. Parallel programs for residency program coordinators and department administrators contribute to the overall educational development for the academic department team.
Educating the Educators
Our model forum, created by residency program directors, focuses on faculty development and engagement, curriculum development, and resident education. Communicating critical content to medical students and residents requires effective teaching and mentoring skills. Symposia, free papers and poster sessions, provide a platform for exchanging and exploring innovative approaches to training and counseling with an emphasis on evidence based practice and results.
Bootcamp for New Chairs
AUPO’s innovative Bootcamp for New Chairs provides chairs, within approximately three years of hire, with advice and perspective on successful strategies for leading departments of ophthalmology. Structured as a two-year program, topics rotate as follows:
- Odd Years: Managing Departmental Finances, Building a Culture, Understanding Human Resources and Associated Challenges, and Philanthropy 101
- Even Years: Recruitment and Retention of Faculty, Mentoring, School and Hospital Relationships, and Work Delegation and Work-Life Balance
The administrator educational track provides professional development, networking opportunities, and resource solutions for academic administrators in departments of ophthalmology. Over two-and-a-half days, administrator attendees explore unique issues on topics encompassing clinical operations, financial management, human resources, compliance/risk management, information technology and more.
Residency Program Coordinator and Manager Program
Residency Program Managers and Coordinators play an integral role in residency education. A program coordinator educational track is offered to enhance communication between programs, to bring forth novel ideas and to improve ophthalmology education. Presentations are designed around contributing to efficient and effective transitions and best practices related to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP), American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), SF Match and AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee (FCC) and systems.