The AUPO FCC is committed to the establishment and maintenance of standards for subspecialty fellowship training in ophthalmology. Fellowship programs in Surgical Retina and Vitreous provide advanced level training in the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical disorders of the retina and vitreous. The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Macula Society, and Retina Society support and endorse the fellowship training compliance program of the AUPO. Representatives of each of the vitreoretinal subspecialty societies established the initial guidelines for vitreoretinal surgical fellowship programs. These requirements serve as the basis upon which the AUPO FCC evaluates fellowship programs for compliance. Ultimately, it is the intention of the compliance process to assure that fellows complete their fellowship program with competent training in preparation for providing safe and excellent care for our patients with vitreoretinal disease. The AUPO FCC process is designed to protect the integrity of our fellowship training process and to protect the fellow along with fellowship applicants.
The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Macula Society, and Retina Society remain intimately involved in the AUPO FCC process. The subspecialty managers of the AUPO FCC are appointed by each subspecialty society and any changes in the training guidelines must be approved and endorsed by each society as a means of assuring continued support for the AUPO FCC compliance process.