AUPO is governed by a Board of Trustees and each Member constituency has its own Council that reports to the Board of Trustees. Designated representatives from the board, member councils, and the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, also serve together on an AUPO Council, which functions to provide ongoing, direct input to the board.
Board of Trustees
AUPO is led by a twelve-member Board of Trustees (Trustees); eleven of the Trustees are elected by the chair members and one is elected by the Board. The member-elected positions include a President, President-Elect, Past-President, and nine Trustees. The Board-elected position is an Executive Vice President (EVP). All Trustees, except the EVP, must be current Chair Members; the EVP can be a current or past Chair Member.
Program Directors Council
The Program Directors Council (PDC) consists of seven elected Program Director members who are the Residency Program Directors at their institutions. The elected positions include a President, President-Elect, Past President, and four Members-at-Large. The PDC provides an opportunity for the Program Directors to plan educational activities and to address issues pertinent to their position.
Medical Student Educators Council
The Medical Student Educators Council (MSEC) encompasses seven elected members who are the Directors of Medical Student Education at their institutions. The positions include a President, Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, and three Members-at-Large. The MSEC provides an opportunity for the Medical Student Educators to address issues pertinent to their position, and to produce and plan related educational materials.
Research Directors Council
The Research Directors Council (RDC) is comprised of five elected members who are the Directors of Research at their institutions. The current positions include a President, Past President, President-Elect, and three Members-at-Large. The RDC provides an opportunity for the Research Directors to address issues pertinent to their position, and to plan related educational activities.
The Administrators Council is guided by ten elected members who are the senior administrators at their institutions. Council members include a President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Trustees-at-Large. The Administrator Council provides an avenue for Administrators to address issues pertinent to their position and to plan relevant educational programming.
The AUPO Council (Council) was established to empower the Member Councils and the Editor of the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology (JAO) by providing direct input to the Board of Trustees. The eight voting representatives on the Council include the Presidents of the Program Directors Council, Medical Student Educators Council, Research Directors Council, and Administrators Council; the Editor of the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology; and the President, President-Elect, and Executive Vice President of the Board of Trustees. The President-Elect of each Member Council may attend the meetings as non-voting participants. Council members work together on goals, strategies and issues of interest and concern to AUPO and academic ophthalmology.